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Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing

Jim M

"This is my best take on the dressing that is used in the El Torito restaurants in southern California. Be sure to toss some roasted pepitas and crumbled Cotija or Manchengo cheese on top of your salad for the full effect!"
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1 h 15 m servings 1079 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 1079 kcal
  • 54%
  • Fat:
  • 115.5 g
  • 178%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 870 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Blend mayonnaise, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, water, vinegar, Cotija cheese, roasted chile peppers, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth, about 1 minutes. Add cilantro in batches, blending each to incorporate completely before adding the next, 30 to 60 seconds per batch.
  2. Pour dressing into an air-tight container and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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Delicious! I also added a little squeeze of lime juice and coarsely chopped cilantro to a quick steak salad (made from leftover steak) - it transformed it into a summery fresh dish my family lo...

Oh my gosh! This recipe is a stroke of genius! I don't know how Jim M. did this but I am so glad he did. I used to only buy the bottled El Torito dressing once in a while on a splurge and the...

This is so delicious! I had to substitute quite a few things because i forgot the list when shopping. things I subbed: olive oil instead of canola, 1/2 can of hatch green chili peppers instead...

This is the closest I've ever tasted to El Torito's wonderful dressing! This recipe is a smidge too vinegary for me, but next time I'll just cut down on the vinegar. And there will be a next tim...

This was amazing and pretty spot on, even with my adjustments only because I didn't have these on hand: Anaheim peppers (substituted with roasted hatch green chilies) and cotija cheese (substitu...

I love this dressing. When we still lived in Ca. Our favorite Sun. brunch was El Torito, and i always ate more than one salad just to get the dressing. And topped with pepitas and cotija, yummy....

Just finished eating a southwest style salad with this dressing. This dressing is awesome.

I have been looking for this dressing forever! I made it and it turned out even better than the El Torito one! Thank you!!

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