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.
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