A quick and Easy Buttermilk Dressing made with low-fat buttermilk and fresh herbs. Drizzle it on top of one of my most favorite summer salads. 

If I had to pick my favorite things in life to eat, it would have to be homemade pizza and a really good salad.

My idea of a perfect salad and Pat’s idea of a perfect salad are two completely different things. His idea of a perfect salad is iceberg, pepperoni, cubed cheddar and croutons. Oh and ranch… with lots of black pepper. *meh*

My perfect salad has a little bit of everything in it. Bright greens, colorful veggies, bacon, croutons and a good dressing. Luckily we both are on the same page when it comes to ranch. We both like it on the thin side… and with lots of coarse black pepper.

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Ranch dressing is pretty much a universally loved dressing, am I right? But making ranch dressing from scratch can take a bit of time to prepare and I personally don’t always have the ingredients on hand. So I’ve adapted this recipe over the years, scaling down, omitting stuff… adding stuff, to which I now call buttermilk dressing, because… you guessed it, it has buttermilk in it.


Grab a shallot, a clove of garlic, some fresh parsley and thyme. Peel, smash, strip and mince…

add to a jar

And add it to your favorite jar or container. Of course you can play with the herbs and add fresh chives or dill… a tablespoon of both would be delicious in this dressing as well!

cider vinegar

Add in two teaspoons of cider vinegar…


Then measure and add 6 tablespoons of mayo… for the creamy factor. For a thicker buttermilk dressing, simply reduce the buttermilk a smidge.


Finally pour in a half cup of buttermilk…

salt and black pepper

… And season with about 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and lots of coarse black pepper.


Stir… stir… stir until nice until smooth.

Buttermilk Dressing

The whole thing takes 10 minutes tops! Now you can pop it in the fridge until you want it… or serve right away. I’ve done it both ways and both are fab. More time in the fridge will of course bring out more of the flavors.

Now… let’s talk my favorite salad.

My Favorite Summer Salad

First is the spring herb mix. Besides different lettuce leaves, there is a little cilantro here-and-there and other herbaceous goodness and this summer, my life it’s all about the herbs. LOVE <3. Then comes the tomatoes. I think most peeps can buy a container of the mixed variety at any major grocery store. But these are a mixture of sungolds, chocolate cherry, grape tomatoes and ones I have no idea what they are except that they’re GOOD. Then there is the usual; cucumbers, red onion, croutons, crispy BACON and lots of coarse black pepper.


I grilled pizza {post coming soon} and this salad with the easy buttermilk dressing was the makings of a perfect summer dinner and mighty fine leftovers too!

Homemade Buttermilk Dressing + My Favorite Summer Salad

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings

Quick and Easy Buttermilk Dressing + My Favorite Summer Salad

A quick and easy buttermilk dressing made with fresh herbs on top of my favorite summer salad.



  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons mayo
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • 10 ounces herb spring mix salad greens
  • 4 slices thick-cut applewood bacon, cubed and cooked until crispy (drained)
  • 1/2 english cucumber, halved and sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup mixed tomatoes, cherry, sungold, chocolate etc. halved or quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
  • croutons
  • freshly ground black pepper



  • In a small jar or container with a tight-fitted lid combine the minced shallot, garlic clove, parsley and thyme.
  • Add in the cider vinegar, mayo and buttermilk. Season with kosher salt and LOTS of coarse black pepper and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Chill or serve right away.


  • In a large bowl add the herb spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced red onion, croutons, crispy bacon and sprinkle with coarse black pepper.
  • Serve with the super delicious homemade buttermilk dressing.
Serving: 1salad, Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 417mg, Potassium: 276mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 946IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 1mg