tried it, loved it!

by @according2kelly on May 21, 2007


I just wanted to report that I made the cafe rio salad last week, and boy was it delicious! The recipes aren’t mine… they come from the friend of a friend of a friend. But they are definitely something you should try at home… but be warned, it makes a ton of food, so invite your nearest and dearest over & have a party!

Missed the recipes? Don’t worry, just follow the links:

Cafe Rio Dressing & Sweet Pork
Cilantro-Lime Rice & Black Beans

Once you’ve made the dressing, pork, rice & beans, it’s almost time to eat. But you still have to assemble the salad. Start with a tortilla (we used the disposable aluminum pie tins, but you could use a bowl), then layer on cooked beans, rice, romaine lettuce, pork, dressing, and any of your favorite toppings: pico de gallo, guacamole, tortilla strips, cheese, cilantro & lime.

Hope you love it too!

8 comments
Caroline
Caroline

I know... I joke that blogs are like the games six degrees to Kevin Bacon or whatever that was.I saw your blog on martas for the salad recipe.Funny!

Caroline
Caroline

Yum-0! To quote Rachel Ray.I made a similar recipe for the salad when I wasn't living near a cafe rio and had the horrible craving you can't fulfill.... buy you can only try to make it the same and hope it does...They turned out yummy too!

Emily
Emily

Mmmmm! Kelly, I am so excited to try these recipes. I miss Cafe Rio so!

Kelly
Kelly

honestly, not as much work as it seems. I made the dressing, rice & beans the night before. I cooked the pork in the crock pot, and then just layed it all out, and people made their own. but if you want to keep it really simple, just make plain white rice, and black beans. There are enough other flavors going on with the dressing & pork. but, it does make a ton... too much for just two.

Jessica
Jessica

This looks really good, but seems like a lot of work, not to mention a lot of food for just the two of us. I'll tuck this away in the memory banks for a future entertaining idea.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thanks for sharing the yummy salad on Sunday. It was quite the treat and I truly felt like I was at Rio, but didn't have to ask someone behind the counter to make it. Thanks Kelly..for the wonderful weekend.Whit

anna jo
anna jo

pete and I make these salads all the time... we just use the beans we make and the chipotle shredded pork from our burritos... and any fresh veggies, etc we have on hand... oh is it good! except we don't make that dressing (though I love it from cafe rio!) but just squeeze lime on top--you don't even miss it and it's SO much healthier that way! fabulous!

love.boxes
love.boxes

Thanks for the recipes. I love that dressing the best of all. It would be great for a lot of salads I think.

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