My take on the cafe rio creamy tomatillo dressing (BUT HEALTHY!), a collection of the very BEST blender dressings, and a Blendtec Giveaway!
I’ve shared this dressing here before when I shared this awesome honey-lime chicken, but I use it for SO much more. We put this on dressing on our salads all of the time and on top of pretty much any grilled meat. The husband says it tastes just like the Cafe Rio dressing! That is a huge win since it’s a lot healthier – it gets its “creaminess” from an avocado instead of loads of mayo!
The key to making this dressing awesome is to adjust the flavors to your preference — if you like more of a garlic flavor you’ll want to increase that, same goes for cilantro, or if you are looking for more heat — increase the jalapeno. Add the milk (or buttermilk) to get to your desired thickness. As written this is a fairly thick dressing which we love. If you want it thinner just add a bit more milk or salsa verde. I find salsa verde (it’s basically a green salsa) right by all the red salsas or in a Mexican food aisle. Enjoy!
- 1 ounce packet hidden valley ranch dressing mix 1
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons cilantro
- 1/4 cup green salsa verde
- 1 cup smallish avocado ~3/4 when chopped
- 3/4 cup milk I used 1% (or sub low-fat buttermilk)
- 1/2 small jalapeño seeded
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Add more milk if needed to get to your desired thinness and increase any of the flavors desired (more cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, pepper, jalapeño) to reach your personal preference for the dressing.
Even if you don't like spicy, I wouldn't recommend omitting the jalapeño as it adds a ton of flavor. If you are worried about spice, add a very small amount to start with (make sure to remove all the seeds!)
Dressing recipe adapted (made healthier) from Our Best Bites.
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