Cilantro Lime Dressing in a bowl with a salad and lime wedges on the side

Cilantro Lime Dressing (Cafe Rio Copycat)

Cilantro Lime Dressing is a fresh and zesty dressing for all kinds of salads. The perfect Cafe Rio and Costa Vida copycat recipe!
Course Dressing
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Keyword Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 102
Author Erica Walker



  • In a food processor or blender, combine tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, and sugar. 
  • After it is blended well combine with balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).


*Make sure you use balsamic vinaigrette SALAD DRESSING, not balsamic vinegar.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 1mg