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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!

Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing

4.78 from 9 votes
11
Cals:43.5
Carbs:3.5
Fat:2.5
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.
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.
Total: 5 mins
Yield: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4 cup

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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /4 cup, Calories: 43.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3.5 g, Fat: 2.5 g, Fiber: 0.5 g

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Makes 1-3/4 cup.

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164 comments on “Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing”

  1. Anyone try making this non-dairy? We have one in the family allergic to milk products, so if I can make something w/o dairy and not have to make two versions, I do. I was thinking coconut/almond milk + vinegar for the buttermilk, and non-dairy greek yogurt, but sometimes the non-dairy subsititutes don’t act the same way. Anyone try a non-dairy version. If not, I’ll let you know 🙂

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  3. This dressing works with literally anything – I’ve had it with salad, meatballs, fries, quesadillas, buffalo wings – anything you might want something to dip in, this tastes delicious with! Such a good recipe.

  4. So good! Used garlic powder and onion powder instead of fresh for a milder flavor. Agreed. Want to totally drink it. Great as a chip dip too but would need more thickening. Boom!!

  5. Oh Em Gee, delicious! Read every single comment because I like to see other people's variations. I used fat free sour cream instead of greek yogurt because my greek yogurt had turned into a science experiment in my fridge, and salsa verde (1/4 cup) instead of the tomatillo and jalapeno. Can't wait to have it on my salad at lunch tomorrow!

    1. I've already made this again, but used Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. I prefer it with the Greek yogurt, much creamier in my opinion. Thanks again!!

  6. Could you use low fat sour cream in place of the mayo? Or just more yogurt? I really hate mayo!

  7. After cooking salmon, lightly pour this cilantro dressing over the salmon for a really great taste combo.

  8. I just made this dressing… sort of. I didn't have buttermilk or tomatillos on hand, but I did have tomatillo salsa. I used this salsa in place of the tomatillos and jalapenos (since the salsa already had jalapenos). The dressing was delicious! My diet has made it so I haven't eaten at Cafe Rio in a very long time, so I can't speak to if this is a close replication, but I do know the dressing was delicious! Thank you so much!

  9. Gina, what can i use instead of light mayo (any kind of mayo makes me sick). Thank you! Looking forward to making these but don't want to do it without the dipping sauce 🙂

  10. Oooh I got tomatillos and jalapenos in my local veggie bin this week! Definitely going to try this out! I am so glad I found your blog today…made your crust-less zucchini pie tonight and it was a hit with my family (and soo easy to make!).

  11. This stuff is incredible!! I have never even bought a tomatillo before, but I am now hooked! I made this last night with the Cilantro Tilapia Tacos and it was the perfect creamy addition I needed. I also poured some of it over the Fiesta Lime Rice, which was out of this world. Thanks for this fantastic healthy dressing!

  12. I made the Mexican Shrimp Cobb salad last night and topped it with this dressing. It was wonderful! This dressing is addictive. I love the idea of putting it on fish tacos. Any thoughts on making a batch (or two) of this dressing and freezing it? Will it keep when I want to use it? I have so many of the ingredients for the dressing on hand and I'd like to use them all before they go bad…?? Thoughts?

  13. I don't know if anyone mentioned this yet, but if you can't find tomatillos, you can use a bottled green salsa – just make sure that one of the main ingredients is tomatillos. I got mine at Target, the Archer Farms brand "Salsa Verde." It's just a tomatillo salsa. It works perfect, you can probably freeze it (that's what I'm planning to do with the rest of mine, in 1/4 cup increments), and you don't have to have fresh tomatillos on hand. Try it!