El Torito Cilantro and Pepita Salad Dressing

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

I love this dressing at El Torito. I could sit there and just eat it with a spoon. I found this copy-cat recipe and I wanted to post it so I can make it myself, and secretly eat it straight from the jar :-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all dressing ingredients except cilantro, mayonnaise and water in a blender of food processor.
  2. Blend approximately 10 seconds, and then add cilantro little by little until blended smooth.
  3. Depending on size of blender, it may be necessary to do in batches.
  4. Place mayonnaise and water in a large stainless steel bowl, and mix with a wire whip until smooth.
  5. Add the blended ingredients to the mayonnaise mixture, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate.
  7. Will keep for three days.
Most Helpful

5 5

This dressing is fantastic, but holy moly it is fattening! I replaced the mayo with yogurt and it tastes exactly the same! Delicious!

5 5

I halved the recipe, used Greek yogurt, 1tbls of light mayo and 2tbls evoo to cut the calories. I forgot to add the chiles but it still tasted great. My new go to recipe when preparing any Mexican dishes!

5 5

I was actually searching for a copycat recipe for El Pollo Loco's creamy cilantro dressing, but nothing I found sounded right. I love their's but WOW! this is even better. I never go to to El Torito, so can't comment on how close it is to the original, but this is excellent -- just what I was hoping for. Thank you! My search is over. :)