Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

Thanks to my friend, Heather, I have this fun recipe! 
Click here for the original recipe and more detailed instructions.
It was so much fun to make, and now we can enjoy some scrumptious salad dressing!
  • Ranch Dressing packet, prepared (Hidden Valley Ranch buttermilk mix works great)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, large stems removed (about 1/2 cup chopped cilantro)
  • 2 large or 4 small tomatillos
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Green Tabasco sauce or 1 diced jalapeno pepper 

Prepare Ranch dressing according to directions on the package or recipe you're following and set aside.

Remove large cilantro stems, then wash leaves and spin dry or dry with paper towels. Add cilantro to food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until finely chopped.

Add tomatillos, garlic, lime juice, and Green Tabasco or chopped jalapeno to the food processor and pulse until ingredients are finely pureed. Add the 2 cups of prepared dressing and pulse just a few times, until ingredients are well combined. Chill dressing for an hour or two and serve.

~To make a roasted tomatillo dressing, dice tomatillos, place on a baking sheet, and roast at 400F for 15-20 minutes before adding them to the food processor.
~If you'd like even more tomatillo flavor, use 4-5 large tomatillos and decrease the buttermilk or milk in the Ranch dressing by about 1/4 cup.

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