Today’s recipe is one of my favorite ways to use Cafe Rio Sweet Pork.
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad is what I usually order when I get a chance to eat at Cafe Rio. Love, love, love it! Since I can’t my Cafe Rio fix whenever I want, making Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad is a good alternative!
The base of the salad is a flour tortilla. Cafe Rio makes them on site, right in front of you! My favorite tortillas to use are the ones you buy uncooked and then cook them up at home. Almost like fresh made! Cafe Rio also melts some cheese on the tortilla but I decided to save myself a few calories and left it off.
Cafe Rio serves their salads in an aluminum foil cake pan so I picked some up at the Dollar Store so it look more authentic!
Next comes a layer of black beans.
The next layer is Lime Cilantro Rice.
Then top it off with some lettuce and cheese. I like the cotija cheese but Monterey Jack would be good too. A sprig of cilantro on top makes a nice touch.
And then finally – top it off with Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing. It is a combination of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix, mayo, buttermilk, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, lime and jalapeno. Tomatillos can be found in the fresh produce section, in my store they are near the peppers (jalapeno, etc.) They look like a green tomato with a paper skin over them. Be sure and remove the papery skin before using
Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing ‘s delicious and creamy.
So next time you get a Cafe Rio craving – make it yourself at home. And if you won’t get a Cafe Rio craving because you’ve never had Cafe Rio before – make this salad!
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Mix (Traditional)
- 1 C mayonnaise
- 1 C buttermilk
- 2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 jalapeno
- Put all ingredients together in the blender and blend.