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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



    • 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.

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    Course: Dressing
    Cuisine: American, Mexican
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    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!!

  1. 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!

    1. Wow! That is a lot of people ;). I would recommend making it about 8 to 10 times. I hope that helps! Let me know how it turns out! XOXO

  2. 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!