I love buttermilk in all it’s tangy creamy goodness! I wanted to come up with a simple dressing to feature this lovely but undervalued cultured dairy product. I used to love to eat soup and sandwiches, this urge usually comes on every fall. I truly enjoy a B.L.T salad with a creamy buttermilk dressing to compliment my fabulous Broccoli Cheddar Soup, in place of my typical B.L.T sandwich.
Buttermilk should be purchased cultured or made at home. I have a hard time finding just purely cultured buttermilk without other stuff I don’t want added, not to mention it’s often times made with some type of part skim milk. Cultured buttermilk is teeming with enzymes and is high in potassium, calcium, vitamin B12, and riboflavin. Research has shown that regular consumption of cultured dairy products lowers cholesterol and protects against bone loss. In addition, cultured dairy products provide beneficial bacteria and lactic acid to the digestive tract.
I finally got a buttermilk starter to make my own buttermilk at home. It’s super simple to make, just add the starter to fresh raw milk and let it sit for 12-18 hours until it is ready. Whallah!! You can make buttermilk out of fresh milk and a buttermilk culture or by letting a quart of cream sour and then making butter out of it, the liquid remaining is buttermilk. I would definitely recommend getting your hands on a culture to make your own, as it can be difficult to find quality buttermilk at the store. Who wants low-fat buttermilk anyway? (see where I purchased my culture here.)
- Buttermilk Dressing
- ⅔ cup of buttermilk (cultured or homemade)
- 1-2 Tbsp. bacon fat, at room temperature so it's liquid
- 1 scallion, minced (or equivalent amount of chives)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Just mix all the ingredients together well and serve. This paired nicely with my B.L.T. salad, and will keep well in the fridge for awhile. The bacon fat gives it an extra layer of flavor that you are just gonna love!
For more posts like this, check out the rest of the series;
- A week of salad dressings
- Ginger Vinaigrette
- Domestic Goddess Dressing
- Caramelized Honey Balsamic Dresssing
- Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Dressing
- Week Two: Salad Dressings
Subscribe to Divine Health
Join our weekly newsletter and get