Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

7 05 2012

I know I have talked about this many times but my family and I lived in Utah for about 5 1/2 years. Except for the snow it was a great place to live and there were many things that we loved about Utah. Beautiful mountains, cool summer weather, and lots of family friendly activities to partake in.

One of our favorite places to grab a quick lunch was Café Rio. Not only did we love it my sister would beg us to take her there when she came out to visit. They had an amazing Salad that was placed on top of a fresh made tortilla and served with a Tomatillo Salad dressing. This was my favorite thing and so I was super excited to find a copycat version of the dressing over at Kalyn’s Kitchen. Super simple and even my husband claims that it tastes just like the restaurant version.

Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

~2 cups prepared Ranch Dressing (you can make your own or just mix up a Hidden Valley packet following the directions on the packet)

~ 1 small bunch cilantro (about 1/2 cup chopped)

~ 2 large or 4 small tomatillos

~ 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

~ 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

~ 1/2 to 1 whole diced jalapeno

1. Prepare the Ranch dressing according to directions on the package or your homemade recipe.

2. Remove large cilantro stems, then wash leaves and dry. Into a blender add tomatillos, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, and ranch dressing. Blend until all ingredients are well combined. Chill dressing for an hour or two before serving.

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Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

Guacamole Salsa

26 03 2012

This recipe has been floating around pinterest for quite some time now and I have been intrigued by it. After waiting several months for the Mexican packs to come back around I got one and with it I made Easy Blender Salsa which is now a new favorite in my house. We eat a jar of it in a week it seems.

Anyways, I also made this Guacamole Salsa recipe from Frosted bake shop. It was super simple to make and I really liked the flavor of the salsa. It was a bit thicker than most salsa, more like the consistency of Guacamole. Would be great on tacos, burritos, or just with chips. Defiantly a keeper in my house!


Guacamole Salsa

~ 5-7 tomatillos (more if you want it thinner)

~ 1/2 to a whole jalapeno pepper (remove the seeds to make it milder)

~ 1/3 bunch cilantro

~ 1 thick slice of onion

~ 1 garlic clove

~ 1 avocado

~ 1 tsp. salt

~ juice from 1 lime

1. Remove the paper husk from the tomatillos and wash. Cut them into quarters and put in the blender. Next add jalapeno, cilantro, onion, garlic, avocado, salt, and lime juice. Make sure the tomatillos are on the bottom and the avocado is on the top otherwise the avocado will stick to the blade.

2. Blend until the desired constancy. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week.

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Guacamole Salsa

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