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

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

road_warrior0428 January 17, 2010

AMAZING! I was so impressed with this recipe. It tastes exactly like the dressing at El Torito! I halved the recipe, and instead of using pumpkin seeds, I used pine nuts because that's what I had. Delicious! I'll be sharing this recipe for sure. Thanks for posting!

MissBehaven79 August 16, 2015

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!

totc0625_11536987 September 03, 2014