Thursday, June 11, 2009

Herbed Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
We have so many herbs abundantly bursting in the garden right now, and I am always looking for ways to use them up. When I saw this recipe on the website Design Mom recently, I thought I'd give it a try. Bozo #1 lent me a helping hand while we gave it a try yesterday afternoon. He went to the garden, snipped up some parsley and chives, and then he made the dressing mostly by himself...with a little supervision from me.
Make Dressing
If you are ever wondering how to get your kids to eat veggies, or new foods...GROW a GARDEN! Even if it's in a container {like we do}. If your child plants the seeds, waters them, watches them grow, and then helps you use them in the kitchen, they will try them.
Bozo #2 declared himself The Parsley Thief, because every time he walks by our parsley patch he grabs a pinch and eats it. I can guarantee you that he would have never done that if the parsley was only found in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator! That's not to say they will love everything they try, but it will certainly increase the chances that they'll try something to begin with.
Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
Needless to say, this salad dressing was a huge hit! Both my boys have eaten twice their usual helping of salad over the past two nights. The recipe makes about 2 cups...plenty for a week's worth of salad. Best of all, it takes minutes to whip up...even for a seven year old. Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and give it a whiz. That's it! Enjoy!
Some other Salad Dressing recipes you and you're family might love - Italian Salad Dressing | Russian Salad Dressing | Carrot Ginger Dressing | Ranch Dip

Herbed Buttermilk Salad Dressing

{printable recipe}
Yields: about 2 cups
Adapted {barely} from The Gourmet Cookbook

1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve right away, or store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to a week.


The Duo Dishes said...

Is there anything a handful of mixed fresh herbs can't fix? We are convinced the answer is NO! Delicious dressing. A keeper for sure.

Susanna said...

I just made a buttermilk chocolate cake and was wondering what I would do with the rest of the I know! Thank you Kate! Susanna

Jaime said...

this Buttermilk dressing was a hit at my house as well! I loved the light refreshing taste! I have already made it a couple of times using whatever fresh herbs I have on hand. I only used about a tbsp of mayo as I think the olive oil gives it the bind that it needs. Thanks for the post!

zigzagbuddha said...

I have just gotten into making kefir (which tastes exactly like a delicious homemade buttermilk) and was online looking for recipes for buttermilk dressing that I could use my kefir for. I had about 10 pages of 'buttermilk dressing' open but found myself antsy to get to the last page - for some reason it was calling to me!

And no wonder! This is exactly the recipe I was looking for! And I love your blog!

I am living up in a mountain with a little country store where the propietor sells a few carrots and cucumbers, but does not even know what parsley is. Not only that, but I donated my garden to the bugs and the weeds this year... so the only thing I have to put in the dressing, other than bottled herbs, is some watercress I found growing profusely in a nearby stream.

Plus, I will have to break down and buy some Dukes Mayo that she finally started stocking. I was going to start making my own but that is going to have to wait till I get my new blender... a Kitchenaide Pro, hehehehehe.

Well, as usual, I have rambled on (and on and on and on) and I am not finished yet. I had to laugh out loud when I read about your parsley thief that wouldn't steal parsley from a crisper drawer. I am not a big 'blogging' fan, but I am going to have to follow yours!

kate said...

Thanks so much ZigZagBuddha! Glad the recipe was what you were looking for!

Angela @ AnotherBitePlease said...

Just made this last night...I really enjoyed. Just that little bit of garlic adds that garlicy zing!

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