Saturday, July 26, 2008

Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing

I know, I know, I was just saying that I can't get good Mexican food around here, when I actually have a Cafe Rio not too far away. But what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't reminisce and whine on occasion? On Cafe Rio's menu is a sensational creamy tomatillo dressing, so addictive that I've been forced to unlock the secret combination of ingredients. It's yummy on greens, but you'll want to drown all of your Mexican favorites in the slippery-spicy concoction. You'll either be grateful for my persistent tinkering, or you'll hate me when you slide into a pint a day habit.

Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing
Estimated Cost: $2.50
Notes: If you can't find the Herdez green salsa, substitute 4 husked tomatillos plus 1 tablespoon chopped jalapenos.
1/2 cup mayonnaise or whole milk yogurt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup tomatillo salsa, such as Herdez
1 fat clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
juice of one lime
1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves and tender stems
Process all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until thickened, about 1 hour.
Coming Tomorrow:
Random Meme plus a Blog Award

19 comments:

Peter M said...

Ummm, ya got mind racing with tomatillo ideas...good post.

Also, check out Ben of What's Cooking, great and authentic Mexican dishes he does so.

gigi said...

Yes! I just bought buttermilk yesterday and I was wondering what I was going to do with the left overs! No more wondering!

Steph said...

This is one dressing I would definitely try.. no mayo! Maybe it's what I'll need to actually get me eating salad.

Catherine said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dressing! It's so ridiculously good! You're a genius! I can't wait to have this tommorow!

Leslie said...

wow..sounds wonderful..I love all Buttermilk based dressings!

Kevin said...

That sounds like a tasty way to use tomatillos.

The Renouf Family said...

I can testify of the greatness of this salad dressing. It is delicious, creamy, zingy, and must contain some kind of addictive ingredient--otherwise how I can explain myself licking the bowl? I'll add this to my menu this week. Thanks for unlocking the secret recipe. :)

Debinhawaii said...

Sounds so yummy--I can't wait to try it. I need to go buy some buttermilk!

Jaime said...

i love cilantro - this looks so good!

Emaline said...

Your blog is amazing, as is your food and brilliant budget cooking! Love it!

Jenny said...

Mmmm,
I too find myself ditching the salad and just having a bowlful of dressing! Love it!

MK and Co. said...

You're a genius. This is one of my favorites. I can just imagine drinking it from a jar like Lucille Ball did on the I Love Lucy Show. She's selling beautiful jars of Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned salad dressing and it was so good that she took a big chug of it. I could do that too to Aunt Prudy's salad dressing.

Michal said...

i love this stuff. and i had it at your house drizzled all over my plate--with no salad in sight. thanks for opening my eyes to the world of dressing without salad! it's just what my waistline needed.

Sara said...

Love, love, love Cafe Rio! Love this dressing too! I have a similar recipe , but I am excited to try yours. Thanks!

Jeena said...

I would eat this for sure!!! I bet this tastes amazing Prudy, great recipe! :-D

Liz said...

I love Cafe Rio....too bad I'm about 1600 miles from one! *Sigh*
On a happier note, I am so excited to try this recipe!!!

sliceofsueshe said...

Yum. Two things I love - cilantro & tomatillos!

jd said...

Woah!

This dressing sounds amazing...

*drool*

Carlie said...

how long does this keep in the refrigerator?