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Cafe Rio Style Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Yield 2 ½ cups


  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix (I prefer Hidden Valley Original/Buttermilk Dry Ranch Dressing Mix)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use light)
  • 1 cup buttermilk + more to desired consistency
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (1 full bunch)
  • 3 to 5 slices jalapeño, to taste (with seeds = spicier / without seeds = less spicy)


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and run on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add extra buttermilk/regular milk/water 1 Tablespoon at a time, if needed, until desired consistency is reached. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

*To make it even more like the restaurant's original recipe, add 2 medium-sized tomatillos, husked and chopped. Blend well.

**Substitute ½ cup light mayonnaise and ½ cup plain Greek yogurt for the full cup of mayonnaise for a lighter, yet equally tasty dressing.

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