Cafe Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

One of my favorite things about Cafe Rio is their Creamy Tomatillo Dressing!  It is DELICIOUS!  I saw this recipe and had to try it.  Let me tell you, it tastes EXACTLY like Cafe Rio’s!  I am so excited to have this recipe and will be making it often!

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
refrigerate 30 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 89kcal


  • 1 envelope buttermilk ranch dressing mix dry
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tomatillos husked
  • 1 jalapeno rib and seeds removed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice


  • Blend mayo, dressing mix, buttermilk, and garlic in a blender until blended and smooth.
  • Dice up tomatillos, jalapeno, cilantro and place in the blender.
  • Juice up the lime and add that to the blender.
  • Blend up all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. ButterYum

    Sounds like the perfect accompaniment for our next Mexican Dinner Night. Consider yourself "pinned".:)ButterYum

  2. Abby

    I have no idea what Cafe Rio is, but this dressing looks delicious! I love tomatillos.

  3. ms.composure

    this looks amazing!! i will def have to try to make this one!!http://infintelifefitness.com

  4. Moore or Less Cooking

    This does look like the best dressing ever! I want this salad for lunch now!!http://cookingwithnettie.blogspot.comNettie

  5. suzyhomemaker

    I love Cafe Rio. I live in NJ but have a friend that lives in Utah and took me there. I fell in love with the cilantro lime vinaigrette and have tried to recreate it several times. I have come close. I swear I could drink that dressing. @Lyndsay - you should totally try making your own dressing. It is very simple and so much healthier than store bought. When you look at the ingredients list for bottled dressing it is like a science experiment.

  6. Jenn

    Cafe Rio is my FAVE!

  7. Ashley

    Thanks for checking out my blog! Looking forward to following you as well.


  8. The Homemade Renegade

    Oh yes!!! We used to live in Utah, and one of the things I miss the most is CAFE RIO! I've downloaded lots of copy cat recipes, and I try each one! Thanks for giving me another to bring Cafe Rio to my own kitchen!

  9. Cowgirl Crafter

    This looks absolutely YUMMY!

  10. Kendra

    So good!!! I added an avocado while blending. Heaven. This is the easiest and best version of the Cafe Rio dressing that I've found so far.

  11. Snowmanlover

    Made this tonight. It was so wonderful!!!!! Had it with the chicken which we had last night in flour tortillas. Loved the salad even more. Thanks, your site is the best!

  12. BCalb

    Made this dressing and actually DID drink a small cup (LOL)! Never made dressing before and never had tomatillos but this was easy and delish!!

  13. Kimberly

    This dressing is so dang good! It’s a little extra work to make instead of buy something similar, but every time we find something to compare, this recipe always wins!!!

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