If you’ve ever been to the casual Mexican restaurant Cafe Rio, you probably know about the obsession.
What obsession? Oh, I see you haven’t been there.
The obsession people have with their creamy tomatillo lime dressing. When you order one of their salads, even the employees tell you there’s no use ordering any of the other dressings they offer. Resistance is futile. You WILL eat this dressing, and you WILL love it. I already like creamy salad dressings (a lot), but this is the one I want to sneak with me into other Mexican restaurants, the one I want to stockpile in case of Apocalypse, the one I *may* have a framed photograph of on my bedside table. I don’t normally post recipes that contain pre-packaged ingredients like a Ranch dressing mix, but this time I’m making an exception. It’s that good. It livens up any southwestern salad and makes a great topping on tostadas, tacos, chicken, pork, steak, I could go on…
So yeah, I’m drinking the Cafe Rio Kool-Aid. Actually, if no one’s looking, I’m drinking this dressing.
Creamy Tomatillo Lime Dressing (a la Cafe Rio)
(Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)
1/3 c. Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. milk
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 1-oz. package Ranch dressing mix
1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small tomatillo, roughly chopped
1/2-1 tsp. lime juice, to taste
1/4 c. cilantro
In a small bowl or 2-cup measuring cup, mix Greek yogurt and milk. Add all other ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until combined and creamy. Alternatively, a regular blender can also be used.
Makes about 1 1/3 c.