This is a light, flavourful salad dressing which works particularly well with a crisp Cos lettuce. It takes minutes to make and will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
With buttermilk, lemon and herbs, it will be familiar to transatlantic friends as a sort of ranch dressing but is perhaps not so ubiquitous this side of the pond.
I usually make it with snipped chives and a crushed clove of garlic, but as it’s wild garlic season, I changed it up. It’s very good either way.
I haven’t been posting many recipes recently – apologies, I’ve been busy with a Ukraine fundraiser and the cookery school and I haven’t had time to write things up. So this is a bonus wild garlic post, while it’s still in season.
I’m sharing it because everyone who’s tasted it has asked for the recipe. Did I mention it’s a Really Good Salad Dressing? Here goes.
Buttermilk Salad Dressing
150 ml buttermilk
1 heaped dessertspoon of good quality mayonnaise
6 or 8 wild garlic leaves (or a crushed clove of garlic and small bunch of snipped chives)
The zest and juice of 1/2 lemon (or more, to taste)
Salt and pepper
Strip the stem and central vein from the wild garlic, place the leaves one on top of another, roll up like a cigar and slice thinly (a chiffonade). Then chop smaller.
In a bowl, stir together the buttermilk and mayonnaise. Add the wild garlic and lemon juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well. Thin with a little water if necessary.
Cover and place in the fridge until needed. Job done.
Having tasted this first hand I have to agree..it’s delicious
Thanks so much. Steph, glad you enjoyed it!
Oooh, yes. I’ve got some wild garlic in the fridge demanding I attend to it. Just the job.
Happy to be of service, Margaret! Hope you enjoy it. Lx
Buttermilk bought this morning. Lunch awaits! x
Hurrah! Hope you enjoy it. Lx
It turned an ordinary lunch into a treat. Thanks x
So glad, thanks, Margaret. x
Cannot wait to try this – with ordinary garlic I’m afraid . . . it looks and sounds much lighter and healthier than what I know as ‘ranch dressing’ ! Have clapped quite a bit reading about your work for Ukraine – kudos !!!
Thanks, Eha, pleased you like it. It works just as well with regular garlic and chives. And thanks re Ukraine – raising money makes one feel a little less helpless. Linda x
Sounds delightful! Good luck with your fundraising.
Thanks! We raised more than £20,000, not bad in two weeks. Lx
Wow! Great job Linda!
Similar to ranch dressing if made from scratch. Perhaps a bit less herby. Keep up the great work!
sounds tasty. i love chives.