Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

This is a recipe revisited from my Sweet Pork Burritos Recipe. I thought it deserved a post of it's own.:)

Some of you have probably either tried or have heard of Cafe Rio. For those of you who don't it's a Mexican grill restaurant that Tony (my hubby) and I got hooked on when we lived in Southern Utah close to 11-12 years ago now. (***very exciting side note...they opened a Cafe Rio in Grand Junction a couple of weeks ago, so now we can get our fix more than just once a year when we're visiting Utah!!!***) Anyway, they have one of the best tomatillo dressings, and dare I say...I like this recipe BETTER than theirs!! Promise you won't be disappointed. It is SOOOOOOOOOO delicious!

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
recipe from my sister Jamie
4-6 tomatillos
1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing mix
1 packet Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip mix
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (I just let my blender do the work here!)
2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup mayonnaise
Peel husks off tomatillos and discard. Wash tomatillos and place in blender along with all remaining ingredients. Blend until a fine sauce forms. Chill until ready to serve. Makes about a quart of dressing. We store ours in a quart canning jar; not ideal for pouring, but can't seem to come up with a better solution.:)

I have also halved the recipe and just saved the ranch packets for the next time I make it, because it does make quite a bit!

This is perfect for sweet pork salads...

Taco salads...

or just a regular old green salad....

or even just pour it over a hunk of lettuce...

or just guzzle it straight from the jar (I've been tempted, but have not succumbed yet!!):)


jolyn said...

I made this for New Years and it was DELICIOUS. I did the entire Sweet Pork Salad recipe and it was soo good. I've never tried it from the restaurant though. I'll have to give it a shot!

Amanda said...

How long do you think the dressing is good for? Can't wait to try it.

Jana said...

It will stay good for as long as the buttermilk will. Just check the exp. date on the buttermilk and go by that. You're going to LOVE it!!:)

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