Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

 

Farmer’s Markets are brimming with fresh lettuce, herbs and vegetables.  Although I make garden salads year round, nothing can match shopping for the freshest ingredients at your local market, taking it home and making a delicious fresh salad. 

I’m sucker for creamy dressings, I do love a vinaigrette, but a creamy dressing is my faaaaaaaavorite.  Not nearly as healthy but there are ways to make it not so un-healthy.  In this recipe I’ve created a ranch and blue cheese fusion.  To reduce the fat I used an Olive Oil based mayonnaise (it also adds “healthy” monounsaturated fat) and I used buttermilk.  The wonderful thing about buttermilk, it sounds utterly fattening ‘butter’= fat, ‘milk’ = fat: buttermilk = low fat.  Whole milk has approximately 8 grams of fat per 8 oz and buttermilk has approximately 3 grams of fat per 8 oz.  Not only does the buttermilk have less fat but it packs a lot more flavor.

Speaking of flavor, fresh herbs give a creamy dressing a ton of flavor with zero addition of calories.  Yessssssssss, free flavor!  To give my dressing maximum flavor, I added blue cheese.  Blue cheese packs a lot of flavor in a little package.  It doesn’t take much to flavor your dish. 

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup blue cheese, divided

1/2 cup olive oil or other low fat mayonnaise

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 tbs vinegar or lemon juice

dash of Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dill

1 tsp chives

salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl add the mayonnaise,

add a the buttermilk

then add the vinegar or lemon juice

a dash of Worchestershire sauce

crumble 1/4 c of blue cheese and add to the bowl

finely mince the chives and add throw them into the bowl also

now for the dill

can’t forget the salt and pepper

whisk the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy

crumble the other 1/4 cup of blue cheese and add to the dressing

stir until incorporated

don’t over stir, the chunky bits are the best

to make my salad a meal I grilled some lean steak and topped my salad

another way to reduce calories, only 2 oz of steak seem like a lot more on top of a big salad

excuse my while I go enjoy my salad with a not so un-healthy creamy dressing

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blue cheese, divided
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil or other low fat mayonnaise
  3. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  4. 1/2 tbs vinegar or lemon juice
  5. dash of Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 tsp dill
  7. 1 tsp chives
  8. salt and fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl add the mayonnaise, add the buttermilk, then add the vinegar or lemon juice, a dash of Worchestershire sauce.
  2. Crumble 1/4 c of blue cheese and add to the bowl.
  3. Finely mince the chives and throw them into the bowl.
  4. Add the dill and salt and pepper
  5. Whisk the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy
  6. Crumble the other 1/4 cup of blue cheese and add to the dressing
  7. Stir until incorporated, but don't over stir, the chunky bits are the best
Notes
  1. To make my salad a meal I grilled some lean steak and topped my salad. Another way to reduce calories, only 2 oz of steak seem like a lot more on top of a big salad
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One Response to Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

  1. Kitchen Butterfly July 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    I love the sound of the buttermilk dressing but I’ve always been less than bold when it comes to the likes of bluecheese….I could try it with soft goats cheese and the salads look delish