I'm sure everyone has already tried some form of copycat Cafe Rio Dressing, I had actually tried one version before, but with fresh tomatillos, and thought it was blah. I think the tomatillos gave it a murky, dirty kind of taste and texture, and maybe I just did something wrong, but when I came across this version, from a site who had similar experiences as mine, I was excited to give it a try again. Our Best Bites uses green salsa rather than fresh tomatillos, and this version of the dressing was perfect.
Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Recipe by Ourbestbites.com
1 pack (1oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (regular or buttermilk, and ignore directions on the packet)
1/2 C milk (or buttermilk depending on which packet you buy)
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 C roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 C green salsa*
Place milk, mayo, and ranch mix in a blender. Juice the lime in there too, you should get about 2T juice. Toss in the garlic, cilantro and green salsa. Blend 'er up. Sample it and add hot sauce to taste. Make it several hours ahead of time to allow it to thicken.
*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!