Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing

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This seriously addicting light dressing is the perfect topping on any salad or even great as a dip. Not a fan of cilantro? No worries, this dressing has so much flavor without, leave it out and add some fresh parsley instead.

This seriously addicting light dressing is the perfect topping on any salad or even great as a dip. Not a fan of cilantro? No worries, this dressing has so much flavor without, leave it out and add some fresh parsley instead.

The base of this recipe is a homemade ranch, with light buttermilk, Greek yogurt, low fat mayonnaise. Cilantro, lime, jalapeños, tomatillos scallions and spices give this dressing a Mexican flair, perfect served over cilantro lime rice, black beans and sweet slow cooked pork barbacoa to create your very own homemade Cafe Rio salad! Also fabulous over shrimp or chicken!

Use your leftover buttermilk to make buttermilk pancakes, strawberry scones, Irish soda bread muffins, skinny ranch dip and more!

This seriously addicting light dressing is the perfect topping on any salad or even great as a dip. Not a fan of cilantro? No worries, this dressing has so much flavor without, leave it out and add some fresh parsley instead.
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Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing

43.5 Cals Protein 3.5 Carbs 2.5 Fats
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 7 servings
CUISINE: Mexican
This seriously addicting light dressing is the perfect topping on any salad or even great as a dip. Not a fan of cilantro? No worries, this dressing has so much flavor without, leave it out and add some fresh parsley instead.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed, leave them in if you want it spicy
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 to matillo, husks removed, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 scallion
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 43.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 3.5g, Fat: 2.5g, Fiber: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 1
Keywords: Gluten Free, low carb, Under 30 Minutes

Makes 1-3/4 cup.

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164 comments

  1. So good!!!! I paired this with the  GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALSA recipe and made a salad.  They went together perfectly to me! I loved this so much that I am making it again this weekend so my girls can try it! 

  2. So delicious and large serving!!!! Only. 1 blue point! This is a must try. When you make the accompanying meatballs add some zucchini to keep them moist I found that without it they got a little dry.

  3. Is there a way to make this dairy free? 

  4. This is delicious and so easy.  Every time I make it, everyone wants the recipe.  Thanks so much!

  5. Does this recipe really use just 1 tomatillo? Thx

  6. This dressing is delicious. I admit that I didn’t measure cilantro and I did add an additional tomatillo. The dressing came out perfect. I wasn’t thick but I don’t like dressing for salads to be thick but it wasn’t watery either. I am using this on my taco salads for this week. I normally hate low calorie bottled dressing and I am glad I have found a great alternative.

  7. It’s too watery! What can I use to thicken it up? 

    • Maybe use less buttermilk? I don’t measure my ingredients always so I put in extra jalapeno, cilantro, and a second tomatillo. The dressing is thin but I prefer that for salads.

  8. This dressing is delicious but it was very watery. I added a half of an avocado and another tblsp. of nonfat greek yogurt to thicken it up. It did not alter the flavors. 

  9. Love Love Love!!! I literally lick the blender it’s so good! 

  10. So delicious!

  11. i love this dressing the first day, but afterwards it seems to get really thin. is there any way to thicken it back up without altering the flavors?

  12. For  The dressing, what can be substituted for tomatillo? Tomato? Also, if I don’t have fresh cilantro can I use dried? If so how much