Cafe Rio {Copycat} Cilantro Ranch Dressing

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!


Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 3 stars
Things that I changed:  I did take the seeds out of my jalepeno so that it wasn’t too spicy.
Things that I would do differently next time: Nothing
Will I make it again? Yes!
Recipe from: Favorite Family Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not BUTTERMILK)
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno (we like it SPICY so we kept the seeds in it, if you like it mild, just remove the seeds)
Instructions
  • Mix all ingredients together in the blender. That’s it!

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Just made this today. It is absolutely delicious. Beware, though, if you aren’t a big fan of cilantro like I am the flavor may be a bit strong for you.

  2. Just made this today. It is absolutely delicious. Beware, though, if you aren’t a big fan of cilantro like I am the flavor may be a bit strong for you.

  3. I made another version of this recipe tonight and it was so sweet and all wrong. It was missing jalapeno and it added sugar and cayenne. Now I’ve gotta fix it and make it better. Thanks for your awesome blog!

  4. I made this recipe tonight, but it came out more sour than the Cafe Rio version, Any suggestions on what might have gone wrong (I followed everything precisely….just can’t figure out what the deal is). Thanks!!!!

  5. Do you make the ranch packet (like add the sour cream) or do you just dump the seasoning packet in with the rest of the ingredients?!

  6. So I have made this several times now and think I got the thickness down. I put 1 cup of mayo 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup of sour cream. I also use a whole thing of cilantro (1 bunch). This gives it the green color! Also we like it spicy so we put two jalapenos in with the seeds! If it’s still to runny decrease the buttermilk and add sour cream! Let sit and thick thick thick!

  7. 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!

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