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Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Fresh Garden Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Fresh Garden Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Mid-Summer is here and that means its hot.  Sticky, muggy, soupy, humid hot!  Needless to say, I’m not a fan.

As a kid, I loved everything about this time of year.  I swam during the day and played baseball during the late afternoon until dark.  When the sun went down, I played games such as “hide and seek” (outside).  I would hunt down the ice cream truck and stay up way past my normal bed time.  When you’re a kid, what’s not to love about summer?

Fast forward 25 years and my summers are all about swatting mosquitoes, wondering if the heat is killing the lawn, and praying the air conditioner survives 90 degree days.

Although I’m not a fan of  Summer, there is a huge benefit.  Fresh vegetables from the garden.

My wife hasn’t had much luck with the garden the past couple of years.  She attributes it to the clay soil that makes up a lot of back yards in Western Pennsylvania.  Me, I just think it was bad luck.  Or the stink bugs.

This year, she was determined to bring back the bounty.  She did some research and figured the best way to do this, while remaining as organic as possible, was to try out a few garden beds.

She kept it simple by mainly planting salad staples like tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers.

So far the results compared to last year are night and day.


Now that we’re eating fresh veggies all the time, I insist that I top it with an equally fresh dressing.

Here is an easy recipe for buttermilk dressing, that will make you leave the bottled dressings on the grocery store shelf.


  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper (fresh cracked)

Add all ingredients in a mason jar.  Put the lid on and shake it to blend all ingredients.  Spoon the dressing on lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes (or whatever you like in your salad).

Mason Jar of Dressing

Mason Jars Rock













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