DIY: Cafe Rio Salad Recipe

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Being a die hard Cafe Rio fan, I was skeptical of this taste-a-like Cafe Rio Recipe. Although it isn't the "real thing", it has become a family favorite. Your taste buds, and little buds won't be disappointed!

Cafe Rio Salad Recipe

Sweet Pulled Pork:
1 (3-5 lb) boneless pork loin roast or chicken
1 Cup salsa
1 Cup packed brown sugar

Place ingredients in a greased 3.5-4.5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours (or until tender). Shred pork or chicken with a fork or potato masher

Cilantro Lime Rice:
1 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp grated lime peel (zest)
1 can (15 oz.) chicken broth
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan, combine rice, butter or margerine, garlic, lime peel, chicken broth and water.
Bring to a boil. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes until rice is tender.

Remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, sugar, and cilantro.

Pour over hot cooked rice.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing:
1 cup sour cream (add first)
1 envelope Ranch salad dressing
1/2 envelope Fiesta Ranch salad dressing
2-3 big tomatillos husked and cut in half
1 clove garlic
Juice from 2 limes freshly squeezed
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

BTW: This is what tomatillos look like (I hardly ever cook Mexican food so I had to do some research before preparing this meal.) Just a helpful hint in case you didn't know :)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Black Beans:
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp grpund cumin
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup tomato juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you smell it).

Add beans, tomato juice and salt. Continually stir until heated through.
Just before serving, stir in cilantro.
Right before serving get a griddle out, or frying pan and heat up some tortillas. We recommend using uncooked flour tortillas. You can find these at Walmart or any local grocery store. This will be the base of your Cafe Rio Salad.
Now the fun part... I always layer my salad in the following order

1. Tortilla
2. Chicken/Pork
3. Rice
4. Black Beans
5. Lettuce
6. Dressing

Dig in and enjoy this scrumptious rendition of the famous Cafe Rio Salad homemade style!

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  1. oh so yummy!!! you gave me this recipe once but i lost it! so glad to have it again :)

  2. Oh my goodness. That looks so good (even though I am still a die hard BAJIO fan!).

  3. mmmyum! i love the cafe rio salad but of course we don't have it here. i will definitly have to try this!! thanks for posting this recipe!!