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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 2 votes
    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



    • 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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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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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.

    1. Hi Mandy!
      This recipe makes about 3 cups of dressing! Please let me know what you think. I would love to hear back from you! Thanks for following along!!

  2. I used to make this a lot but moved to a different country and no longer have access to the powder (only hidden valley ranch bottles).

    Any ideas on what I can do to make this recipe happen?

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, pepper, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder and thyme. Use as a substitute for Ranch Dressing Mix, that should help you. Enjoy this meal! It is delicious!