Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

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This Cafe Rio copycat recipe for Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing is creamy, tangy, and just the teeniest bit spicy. It’s perfect for drizzling over salads or tacos, or for dipping fresh vegetables.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing - just like Cafe Rio

Cafe Rio Salad Dressing

Do you love Cafe Rio? The obsession people have with this Mexican restaurant and their fresh food options is real and my family has really missed Cafe Rio since we moved to Ohio.

While many of the copycat recipes for this Cafe Rio Salad Dressing that are floating around the internet are made with a packet of ranch dressing mix, you already know that I’m a big fan of making salad dressings from scratch.

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I love my daily salads and having really great salad dressings ready to go in the fridge makes a big difference in how excited I am to eat all of those salads.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Now, before we get too far into this recipe, full disclosure on this dressing. I’ve made this a few times now, both exactly as written and with a packet of ranch mix.

When made with a packet of ranch mix, it’s a near-perfect match for the restaurant dressing. Made from scratch, it’s our personal favorite, but it’s a fresher flavor than the restaurant’s dressing.

While this isn’t a “spicy” dressing, it is made with fresh tomatillos and jalapeño and the dressing is likely to increase in intensity the longer it rests in the fridge.

If you’re anything like my family, I highly recommend kicking up the heat with an extra jalapeno or two. You’ll love it on your Cafe Rio Salad!

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe

While this list might look long at first glance, the salad dressing will come together in just minutes. There’s no chopping, slicing, or dicing required.

Just toss everything together in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and let it chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • packet ranch dressing mix OR dried dill, dried parsley, dried chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • jalapeno
  • garlic
  • tomatillo
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
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The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing tastes better than anything store-bought and only takes a few minutes to make. Ranch dressing is delicious on salads and as a dip for fresh vegetables.

While some homemade vinaigrettes end up a little too oily, others turn out too sweet for my tastes. This Balsamic Vinaigrette has the perfect balance of tang and sweetness, vinegar, and oil.

Chipotle, garlic and lime are combined in this homemade salad dressing to create a crazy flavorful Chipotle Vinaigrette that you are going to love.

This creamy sweet Poppyseed Dressing has had a regular home in our refrigerator for several years now. Sweet and slightly tangy, a dressing speckled with poppy seeds is a must-have staple for us.

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Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing {Cafe Rio copycat recipe}

This Cafe Rio copycat recipe for Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing is creamy, tangy, and just the teeniest bit spicy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 (2 tbsp) servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice adjust to taste
  • 1 jalapeno halved with stem and seeds removed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tomatillo husk removed
  • 1 large handful cilantro about 1 cup loosely packed
  • 1 medium lime juiced, 1-2 tablespoons – adjust to taste


  • Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!


Alternative option that is a tiny bit closer to the original: substitute 1 package dry ranch dressing mix for the dill weed, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.


Calories: 137kcal · Carbohydrates: 2g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 14g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Cholesterol: 15mg · Sodium: 180mg · Potassium: 61mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 360IU · Vitamin C: 5mg · Calcium: 38mg · Iron: 1mg
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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