Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad & Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

cafe rio pork salad with creamy tomatllo dressing

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!

cafe rio sweet pork salad

Next comes a layer of black beans.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

The next layer is Lime Cilantro Rice.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork SaladAnd then a layer of the sweet pork.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

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.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork SaladAnd 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.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

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!

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

 Enjoy!
Leigh Anne

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Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients together in the blender and blend.

Comments

  1. 1
    Cathy B says:

    Hi Leigh Anne, we switched internet companies and I forgot to update my email with you. I got it back, just in time to get in on your Cafe Rio recipes. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. 2
    Teri says:

    I made all of the recipes (pork, black beans, cilantro lime rice and dressing) for dinner Friday night and it was outstanding! We layered everything on a flour tortilla in the order you suggested with Monterey Jack cheese and then rolled them up burrito style. Great dinner, and lots of leftovers for the weekend. Thanks Leigh Ann.

  3. 3

    I made this for my family today. My husband was pretty skeptical as I was cooking. My oldest son, who lived in Provo 8 years, didn’t think I could come close to Cafe Rio. The others were impatient because they were super hungry (they think you should eat immediately after church no matter what time you meet that year). Everyone was bowled over and said I should make them whenever we have company. Thanks, LeAnne! (BTW, I am friends with your sister, Karen!)

  4. 4
    Becca says:

    How much dressing does the tomatillo dressing yield? Thanks, Becca

  5. 5
    Miriam says:

    I am a former Utah resident living in Belgium, so finding fresh tomatillos is going to be impossible. I had a friend bring me canned, will it still call for 2?

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