Wednesday, September 21, 2011

○○Cafe Rio Sweet Pulled Pork Salad○○

I LOVE Cafe Rio!!  I have another recipe for their salads but here is one for their sweet pork.  I included the cilantro rice recipe again and will post another version when I get it from a friend.  The dressing is one I found in Our Best Bites new cookbook.  It's sooo yummy!!  I have been eating it on everything this week;)

Cafe Rio Sweet Pulled Pork -
3 lbs. pork tenderloin
40 oz tomato sauce (or 5 8oz cans)
4 c. Dr. Pepper
3 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. cumin
3 tsp. molasses
Place pork in crock pot, mix all ingredients and pour over top.  Cook on low 6-7 hours, take meat out, pull apart, return to crock pot and cook another hour in the juice.
Serve in tortilla shell with cheese, black beans, rice, corn and dressing.  Or serve over salad, with cheese, rice, black beans, corn, rice, quacamole, sour cream, dressing etc.  Just like the salads you get in the restaurant.

1 c. uncooked rice (long-grain, white rice)
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 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 and mix in as you fluff the rice.

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Ranch Dressing -
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. milk or buttermilk
1 lime, juiced (about 2 TBL. juice)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (ignore directions on pkg.)
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 c. roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 c. green salsa (La Costena or Herdez brands are common)
Hot sauce (Cholula or Tabasco) to taste - I eliminated this since I am serving it to my kids

Combine first 4 ing. in a blender.  Then add rest and blend thoroughly.  Season with hot sauce as desired.  If possible refrigerate for several hours to allow it to thicken and flavors to mix well.
Serve over salad, in the burritos or with just rice - YUM!! 
This dressing is great with taquitos in the above recipe!!