The right sauce can make a big difference
Sometimes all you need is a great sauce to take a dish from good to great. Some people like a little, others a lot, so a sauce on the side pleases all palates.
The idea for this cilantro-lime sauce was inspired by Café Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo dressing. Like so many others, I am a big fan of Café Rio. For those not familiar, Café Rio is a fantastic casual restaurant chain based in Salt Lake City. My daughter lives there, and a Café Rio visit is mandatory every time I visit. Hey Café Rio people: your brand would be HUGELY popular in Madison, Wisconsin. Hint, Hint.
How to make Cilantro-Lime Sauce
There are many copycat recipes for Café Rio’s dressing; but the one I used as my starting point was from “the girl who ate everything”. Her recipe starts with buttermilk and a ranch-dressing packet. This sounded brilliant, because most other recipes like this have a much longer ingredient list!
I like to simplify even more, so decided to use Hidden Valley’s Buttermilk Ranch dressing, conveniently available in “light.” From there, I played with sour cream, lime juice and cilantro to get the right proportions.
Since I was not trying for a copycat, I skipped the tomatillo part. I just wanted a cilantro-lime sauce.
It turned out great! A light, creamy sauce, which works on any Tex-Mex dish. I particularly like it on a taco salad - yum! Add some salsa and you have a party on your plate.
And be sure to check out the recipes for Mini Bell Pepper Poppers and Air Fryer Taquitos. I LOVE dipping them both in this sauce!
- ½ cup Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch dressing light
- 1/3 cup light sour cream
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ cilantro chopped
- Juice from one lime
- Place all ingredients in a blender or mini food processor.
- Process until smooth.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Another great sauce inspired by a fast food restaurant: Taco Bell (Copycat) Quesadilla Sauce. So good!