I love cilantro. And I love ranch. So this dressing is definitely a marriage made in heaven for me! I think it's just as good as the real deal(at cafe rio/costa vida) and you'll end up with a whole bottle of it to use on everything!
We use it like regular ranch--as a dressing and and dip for just about everything! We love it on an ordinary green salad, Taco Salad, and obviously on Sweet Pork Salads, too. Drizzled lightly over nachos makes them heavenly, too!
Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
1 packet (3 tablespoons) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup your favorite salsa verde*
1/2 -1 bunch cilantro, depending on how cilantro-y you want it
1/2 jalapeno (with or without seeds & membranes depending on how hot you want it--I usually leave the seeds out)
Juice and zest from half of a lime
3/4 cup light or olive oil mayo (if you use regular mayo you will need to use a little more mayo (or a little less milk) because it makes the dressing thicken differently.)
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. If necessary, add more milk and thin to desired consistency.
*I like both the Herdez and La Victoria brands--just make sure the first ingredient is tomatillos
I like this recipe because I don't have to worry about having fresh tomatillos on hand, I can just use the salsa verde to get the same flavor.
I probably looked at 20 different copycat recipes and tried 5 or so until I tweaked it and came up with this one that I really love. Not really sure which recipe influenced it the most, probably the one I got from my old neighbor, Debbie Huffaker.