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Buttermilk-Herb Dressing

Recently after I made Scallop-Herb Salad, I started craving ranch dressing.


But I didn’t really want ranch dressing, at least not the bottled kind…I wanted something made with fresh herbs and real buttermilk. Something I can pair with veggies straight from the garden and grilled chicken or fish on a summer evening and call it dinner, or serve with crudités and have an easy appetizer.

This dressing is simple, delicious, and perfect.

Buttermilk-Herb Dressing 2

Buttermilk-Herb Dressing
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Yield: About 1⅓ cups
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) buttermilk
  • ½ cup (115 g) Greek yogurt
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated on a microplane
  • 6 small scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Store covered in the fridge.
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Would normal milk suffice?
    How long does this keep for?

    1. Stephanie, Buttermilk is a little thicker than regular milk, so it adds a creamier consistency and also a little bit of tang. This recipe will definitely work with regular milk, the dressing will just be a little thinner with less of a tangy flavor.

  2. Nice dressing Faith, I like the combination of buttermilk and Greek yogurt with all the fresh herbs…perfect for any salad and even as a dip :)
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week!

  3. Hi Faith,

    I love homemade salad dressings. This recipe is a keeper, can’t wait to try it.

    P.S. I wanted ask you if your book will be available in Kindle format after the official release? Thanks:)

    1. Nancy, Yup, my book will be available in Kindle format sometime after the release (sorry I don’t have an exact date yet).

      Hope you like the dressing if you give it a try! :)

  4. I have long made my own buttermilk ranch dressing, but never with greek yogurt! I think that would add delectable tang and texture.

  5. This sounds like the perfect ranch alternative! I love that it uses greek yogurt…makes my day.

  6. simple, fresh and healthy option than the ready made salty and preservative loaded spread…

  7. This dressing is right up my alley Faith! Perfect for the hot summer days we are having here!

  8. Oh I wish I wasn’t eating dairy free right now, but I’m going to pin this for the future. A homemade ranch dressing is right for certain salads. Wouldn’t this be good on boiled potatoes too?

  9. Homemade dressings are the best! This one looks so creamy and fresh – perfect for making me eat more raw veggies :-)

  10. Ooooh…I really love the look of your dressing. It looks so good. I think it will make me eat lots of vegetables…hehe. I am bookmarking this. Thanks very much for sharing.

  11. I’m not a fan of the bottled ranch either but this sure looks good! I bet it’s a great dip for fresh veggies!

  12. I can almost smell this dressing – with all those aromatic herbs!

  13. A wonderful dressing! So healthy and tasty.



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