A Really Good Salad Dressing

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

  • Servings: makes 1 small jar
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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

Image of buttermilk and wild garlic salad dressing in use


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.

18 thoughts on “A Really Good Salad Dressing

  1. 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

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