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Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cilantro Lime Dressing

I’m fairly certain I can say the words, Cafe Rio Style Cilantro Lime Dressing, and you’ll skip right past all my mumbo jumbo and go to the recipe. 

However, for those who like a story behind a recipe, let’s get personal.

There are two kinds of people in the world. 

Those who love Cafe Rio and those who have heard of Cafe Rio and dream of the day they can eat at a Cafe Rio.

No matter what group you fall into, know that you can make this Cafe Rio Style Cilantro Lime Dressing at home.

This month at church, we hosted a women’s conference. 

We served a Cafe Rio style lunch with lettuce, pulled pork, cilantro lime rice, black beans, cheese, chips and of course this Cilantro Lime Dressing.

The entire day was a success.  Everyone was fed spiritually and physically.  And the lunch was insanely good.

I was in charge of the dressing. 

Due to an error on my calculations, I made WAAAY too much.  None of us complained though because that meant we all got to bring some home. Not an ounce was wasted. 

It’s now been 2 weeks, and every time I talk to someone who attended the event they ask where can they find the recipe, how can they get it and tell me just how delicious it was.

Now the “dressing” was made to go on top of the salad.  Holy cow is it good.  But here’s a tip… I prefer to eat it as a dip too. 

Every night for my night time snack, I’d pour myself a little bowl of dressing, grab a bag of tortilla chips and go to town.  Holy cow … so so good.

So here’s the deal. 

This dressing works on any salad.  It takes 5 minutes to make and is guaranteed to be a hit. 

Plus those who know the ‘real deal’ all agreed that this was by far the best copy cat recipe they’ve ever had.  

Note: Cafe Rio’s has a small kick to it.  This kick doesn’t exist in my version. My version is packed with flavor, not with spice.  However if you want to add spice, I suggest using a salsa verde that has a kick.  That will do the trick.

If you like limes and cilantro, then whip this up today.  It really is the best Cilantro Lime Dressing I’ve ever had.

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Cilantro Lime Dressing
Cilantro Lime Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt) I use mayonnaise.
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 packet of ranch dry seasoning mix (or 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, stems cut off.
  • 1/4 cup of Salsa Verde
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded (toss seeds unless you want heat, then add a few) Don't skimp on really adds flavor to the dressing!
  • 2 cloves of garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • Juice of 1 - 2 medium limes - about 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice.


  1. In a blender or bullet or food processor, add all ingredients.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. You can refrigerate {covered} for up to 1 week.

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