Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cafe Rio Style Salad

Photo from favefamilyrecipes.com

We don't really need a picture do we?   I finally found it and I am so, so, so excited!  By far the best replica of Cafe Rio salad.  I love it!

Cafe Rio Style Salad 

Recipe from ventanarecipes.blogspot.com

Cafe Rio Pork

2 lbs pork roast
1 can Coke decaf
1/4 cup water
1 tsp garlic salt
1 can green chiles
1 cup red enchilada sauce (suggested La Palmas mild)
3/4 cup brown sugar

Put pork into a crock pot with 1/2 can Coke, water, and garlic salt.  Cook on high for 1 hour and then on low for 3 hours.  Shred pork in pot and add rest of Coke, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and brown sugar.  Cook on low for 2 more hours.  Serves 6

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

2 jalapenos diced
3 cloves garlic diced
2 tomatillos chopped
1 small handful cilantro
2 TBS lime juice
2 cups milk
2 cups mayonnaise
2 envelopes Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

Blend all ingredients except mayo in blender until smooth.  Add mayo and blend until just incorporated.  Chill (overnight is best.)

Lime Cilantro Rice

1 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp lime juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup water
1 TBS lime juice
2 tsp sugar
3 TBS cilantro chopped

In saucepan, combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp lime juice, broth, and water.  Bring to a boil and cook for 22 minutes on low.  Combine rest of ingredients and stir into rice as you fluff it.


cheese, cheddar and monterey jack
romaine lettuce chopped into 1/4" strips
tomatoes, chopped
sour cream
avocados or guacamole
black beans
pinto beans
crunchy corn tortilla strips or chips

Layer the Cafe Rio Pork Salad as follows:

cooked tortilla, cheese, black/pinto beans, lime cilantro rice, lettuce, Cafe Rio Pork, then your choice of favorite toppings.  drizzle with creamy tomatillo dressing.  crush corn tortilla chips for final topping.


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