Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cafe Rio Chicken Salad and Tomatillo Dressing

2 lbs chicken breasts
1/2 a small bottle of zesty Italian dressing You need 4-5oz
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 pkt ranch dressing mix (mixed with 1/2 cup of water)
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin

1.Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on High 5-6 hours OR on Low 8 hours. Shred or chop up with fork
1 packet of buttermilk ranch dressing
1 cup Mayo
1 Cup buttermilk
1 bunch Cilantro  
2 med size tomatillos husked
1 jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed)
A few small shakes of garlic powder
juice from 1 large lime

1.Blend mayo, dressing mix, buttermilk, and garlic in a blender until blended and smooth
2.Dice up tomatillos, jalapeno, and cilantro, and place in the blender.
3.Juice up the lime and add that to the blender.
4.Blend up all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
5.Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Extra for salad:
Romaine lettuce Chopped
Black or pinto beans
Pico De Gallo
tortilla strips
** I love Cafe Rio its one of my favorite places to eat. I have tried a few different recipes for dressings and meat and I think that these are the best so far. Its not just like Cafe Rio but its really good for a cheaper at home version. I give this a 4 1/2 on the scale.


  1. I LOVE Cafe Rio. Cant get enough! :)

  2. This turned out just like Cafe Rio's salad! However I wasn't big on the dressing so we just ran to cafe rio and bought some, however other then that this was possible better then there's!!!!!


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