Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad with Creamy Tomatillo Dressing is one of the most popular dishes served at the restaurant. Now you can recreate it at home.
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad with creamy tomatillo dressing is what I usually order when I get a chance to eat at Cafe Rio. I love, love, love it! Since I don’t live near a Cafe Rio to get a fix whenever I want to, I have found a way to recreate it at home.To make this salad you will need to make a batch Cafe Rio Sweet Pork. Although this pork is delicious in many dishes, the salad is my favorite way to eat it.
How to Make a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad
The base of the salad is a flour tortilla. Cafe Rio makes them on site, right in front of you! I recommend making your own homemade flour tortillas. They are a lot easier to make than you might think. Cafe Rio also melts some cheese on the tortilla, but if you are trying to cut back on calories, you can leave the cheese off.
Next comes a layer of black beans.
Then a layer of Cilantro Lime Rice.
And then you add a layer of the sweet pork.
Finally, top it off with some lettuce and cheese. I prefer cotija cheese, but Monterey Jack will work too.
Finish it off with creamy tomatillo dressing.
Creamy tomatillo dressing is a yummy combination of buttermilk ranch, tomatillos, and cilantro. Tomatillos can be found in the fresh produce section. In my store they are near the peppers and jalepeños. They look like a green tomato with a paper skin over them. Be sure and remove the papery skin before using!
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!
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Mix Traditional
- 1 C mayonnaise
- 1 C buttermilk
- 2 to matillos 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.