One of my very favorite places to eat at is Cafe Rio. It is my favorite for a lot of reasons. I have found several items I can eat here that work with my food intolerances. One of my favorite things at Cafe Rio is their Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing (their house dressing). It is so good. I could drink this stuff…not really…but I do enjoy it! So I went on a search to find the recipe and I found one that tastes pretty darn close.
In my search, I came across SEVERAL sites sharing recipes. I made a few…but this one, in my opinion, is the winner. I actually found this same recipe on a few different sites. I tracked it back to Favorite Family Recipes and am looking forward to trying out their other Cafe Rio Copy Cat Recipes!!
For dinner the other night, we were short on time due to some of the kid’s evening activities, so I had to come up with a quick and easy dinner idea. I whipped up some Shrimp Tacos and everyone loved them. I am sure it had to do with the fact that we smothered them in this delicious Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing!
I simply sautéed the shrimp in some butter, garlic and a teensy bit of cayenne powder. While the shrimp was cooking, I chopped up some cabbage (purple cabbage would be a great addition too), sliced some tomatoes and avocados, and chopped up some cilantro. If I had more time, I would have chopped up the cabbage earlier and mixed it with the Creamy Tomatillo Dressing and let it sit for an hour in the fridge before serving up.
We served them up on some flour and corn tortillas since we have fans of both at our house! A super quick, easy and fresh dinner idea. They were a hit! I made some the next day for my lunch! (This picture is from the next day and we didn’t have tomatillos or as much cilantro to add because we had used it up the night before, so the dressing has a bit less green tint then what it will have).
The Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is quick and easy to make as well. All you need to do is blend the ingredients together in your blender. It takes about 5 minutes tops to make! Here is the recipe:
Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing (Copy Cat)
1 packet Traditional Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not Buttermilk Ranch)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
½ bunch of fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime (I used two)
1 jalapeño (if you like spicy keep the seeds in it; if you like it mild, remove the seeds)
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