Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is a creamy salad dressing that is made with fresh ingredients! Blended tomatillos, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and seasonings make this a tangy and smooth dressing with a touch of heat.

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Café Rio and Costa Vida are fresh made-to-order Mexican Restaurants that are super popular in Utah. They are known for their fresh salads, burritos, tacos and enchiladas. But the best thing is the Tomatillo Dressing! In my opinion, it is the icing on the cake – or the dressing on the salad (ha! I am so funny)! It seriously takes the salad from good to amazing! There are hundreds of copycat recipes online and I have tried so many of them. Some are simple some more involved and I think I found the perfect balance of easy without giving up the flavor! I will not claim this is exactly what you get at the restaurant, but we love it at my house and it is pretty darn close!

Making Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

You will need a blender to make this dressing. I love my Ninja Blender (see below for a link). All of the ingredients are added to the blender and my Ninja blends it perfectly!

As for the ingredients, you will need buttermilk, mayonnaise, a packet of dry Ranch Dressing mix, 2-3 fresh tomatillos, fresh cilantro, 2 limes, a medium jalapeno, minced garlic and a splash of your favorite hot sauce or sriracha sauce.

Rough chop your cilantro, rough chop your jalapeno (if you like heat in your dressing add the seeds, if not remove the seeds), peel and cut each tomatillo in half. If you have large tomatillos use 2, smaller use 3.

Throw all of your ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth. If you are worried about the heat, add half of the jalapeno to begin with. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed adding more lime juice, cilantro or jalapeno as needed. Squeeze/squirt a bit of hot sauce in the dressing and blend again, adjusting the heat level to your liking. The flavor will develop as this sits in the fridge. I like to make this dressing the day before or the morning of the day we are eating it so the dressing has time to set up and the flavors can develop.

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

What to eat with your Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

We love to make this dressing on have it on Chicken Salads that are also a copycat (not nearly as good but pretty darn close). It is also good as a chip dip or smothered on a burrito!

Copycat Cafe Rio Slow Cooker Chicken Salad

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is a creamy salad dressing that is made with fresh ingredients! Blended tomatillos, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and seasonings make this a tangy and smooth dressing with a touch of heat.


For my Copycat Chicken that you see in the salad photo above click HERE! For my Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice click HERE!


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I love my Ninja Blender and it is amazing for dressings, smoothies and salsas. It crushes ice, blends fruit and veggies and you will love it too!

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is a creamy salad dressing that is made with fresh ingredients! Blended tomatillos, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and seasonings make this a tangy and smooth dressing with a touch of heat.
This recipe makes about 2 cups
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 packet (1 oz.) Dry Ranch Dressing Mix *not Buttermilk mix, just regular
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 to 3 tomatillos, husked and cut in half *2 tomatillos if they are larger, 3 if smaller
  • 1 medium jalapeno, rough chopped, seeds removed *leave seeds if you want more heat
  • 1 lime juiced *or more to taste
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, rough chopped *more to taste as needed
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (bottled) or 2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • hot sauce or sriracha to taste *optional *add at the end after you have blended everything

Instructions

  • In a blender add all of the ingredients except the hot sauce/sriracha. Blend until smooth and fully mixed. If you are worried about the heat, start out with half the jalapeno.
  • Taste the dressing after it is blended and adjust the lime juice, cilantro, or jalapeno heat as needed. Squirt in a touch of hot sauce or sriracha (optional) and blend again. Taste and adjust as needed.
    NOTE: The flavor will develop in the fridge as this dressing sits so I suggest making it ahead of time and you can adjust the flavors before serving as needed.

Notes

This Tomatillo Ranch Dressing is delicious as a salad dressing or as a sauce for burritos!  We love my Copycat Cafe Rio Slow Cooker Chicken used in a salad or a stuffed burrito with my Cilantro Lime Rice!  Give it a try!

Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

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