Cilantro Ranch Dressing

30 Apr

Ten minutes before midnight, my alma mater’s library closes, and something magical happens. In an effort to hurry the last studying stragglers out the door, the library wizards blare sorcerous music through the speakers. For most students, as soon as they hear that music, they know they’re done for. It’s impossible to study when Carmina Burana pounds in your ears. There are other students, however, who take full advantage of this musical showcase. Other students like me, for example.

Freshman year, a friend and I discovered this phenomenon. Instead of hurrying out the doors like good little first years, we decided to hide. Yes, hide. We hid in the stacks until the area was completely cleared out and then ran through the aisles jumping and dancing. It was exhilarating running around trying not to get caught. Very fun.

We also loved eating salads from a Mexican restaurant, Cafe Rio. They have an amazing cilantro ranch dressing that truly makes the salad. Here is a copycat recipe of it. Drizzle it on salads, eat it with fries, dip veggies in it, spread it on baked potatoes, use it as toothpaste. The sky’s the limit, people.


1 packet Traditional Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. milk
2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño pepper (the more seeds you leave in, the spicier it will be)
2 T. flour


Puree all ingredients together in the blender.

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One Response to “Cilantro Ranch Dressing”

  1. Tess April 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    “The sky’s the limit.” I love you.

    Also there goes your anonymity with revealing the music thing, haha. What a delightful memory of college. I had seriously forgotten about that. Probably because I heard it maybe twice in my whole time at school. I’m a weakling when it comes to studying that late at night.

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