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This is the exact same dressing as Cafe Rio’s. If I had them side by side I wouldn’t be able to tell a difference. The site that I got the recipe from had been working to perfect it for a year. This was absolutely amazing over my Cafe Rio Pulled Pork Salad!



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    Cafe Rio {Copycat} Cilantro Ranch Dressing

    5 from 1 vote
    By: Alyssa Rivers
    This is the exact same dressing as Cafe Rio's. If I had them side by side I wouldn't be able to tell a difference.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 10 Servings


    • 1 packet dry ranch packet
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 tomatillos remove husk, diced
    • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 lime juice
    • 1 jalapeno


    • Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.


    Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 104IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

    Additional Info

    Course: Dressing
    Cuisine: American, Mexican
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  1. 5 stars
    This was outstanding. I made half of the recipe and it perfect.
    It has a tang that was perfect on the baja tacos.