Last year on my birthday when I turned errhh 29… and knowing I have a small….ok, LARGE almost embarrasing crush on the Cafe Rio chicken salad, my sister in law gave me this recipe for copycat cafe rio cilantro lime ranch dressing tied to a large jar of the creamy ranch goodness. Truly one of the best birthday gifts I have ever received especially as I have gotten older. It’s funny how those things change. When I was younger, it was all about sparkles and glitter, the more the better…now, it’s about good tasting food and practicality.
As far as this ranch dressing goes, I use this for a variety of recipes as a dip as well as a salad dressing. It is wonderful with a chicken salad, on tacos, on hamburgers, as a dip for veggies or fries…you name it-it makes it better! I recently made it for a big taco salad I made complete with small bite sized pieces of freshly fried corn tortilla in lieu of a tortilla bowl. It was really fantastic. Next time I make that I will post a pic with ingredients but yum is all I can say. Yum.
If you like your dressing with more of a spicy pop, add a little more jalapeño. I tend to keep mine less spicy for my daughter and therefore I only add a smidge (that’s a technical term-smile) of jalapeño.
Now, if anyone wants to point me in the right direction of a copycat recipe for that Cafe Rio Mint LimeAid concoction….one of the best beverages ever, I would be eternally grateful and will make you a pitcher next time you’re here! xoxo
- 1 Packet of Traditional Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix (Not Buttermilk)
- 1 C. Mayo
- 1 C. Buttermilk
- 2 Tomatillos, Husk Removed, Diced
- 1/2 Bunch of Cilantro, Roughly Chopped
- 1 Large Clove Garlic, Roughly Chopped
- 1 Large Lime, Juiced
- 1/2-1 Jalapeno, roughly chopped (Jalapenos are subjective to taste and some are hotter than others. Seeds will also add heat. Rule of thumb here. Add less and taste. Then add more if needed.)
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse for 10 seconds. Dressing should be smooth. If not, pulse again. Done. Store in fridge in a squeeze bottle, repurposed glass bottle, or canning jar.
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