Saturday, March 21, 2009

Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing

I have tried to replicate the Cafe Rio dressing a MILLION times. I have experimented with at least 10 different recipes, and I have not been thrilled with any of the results. I tried this recipe today, and I think it is as close as I'll get. I still LOVE our "Texas Twists" dressing from HEB, but if you don't live in Texas, this dressing is your best bet. I hope you like it!!
Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing
-Alyssa Griffeth-


1 pack (1 oz.) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (ignore directions on the packet)
1 c. mayo
1/2 c. milk
1 lime (about 2 T. juice)
2 cloves garlic, pressed or diced
3/4 c. roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 c. green salsa*
Tabasco sauce, to taste

Place milk, mayo, lime juice, and ranch mix in a blender. Blend, then toss in the garlic, cilantro and green salsa. Blend REALLY well, until cilantro is finely blended.

Sample it and add hot sauce to taste. Make it several hours ahead of time to allow it to thicken and chill.

Serve with ANYTHING Mexican! We like it on Cafe Rio salads!

*A note about green salsa:There are several brands of green salsa available in most supermarkets and they have various degrees of heat. One of the most commonly seen brands is Hernandez. Hernandez brand is a lot spicier than any of the others I've tried. Even their medium green salsa is way too spicy for my liking. I like to buy La Costena because their medium is actually really mild. That way I get all of the flavor of the tomatillos but I control the level of heat with the hot sauce. If you're not used to buying green salsa, make sure to sample it first before you put it in the dressing so you know what you're getting into!
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1 comment:

  1. cant wait to try it! thank you for posting this since we dont have HEB!!!

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