Buttermilk Dressing

So, I dragged my raggedy ass out to the road and climbed on the WW wagon again. Woo.

This means lots of greens. Lots and lots and lots of greens. I ate a pound of spring salad mix in three days. While I’m not tired of greens (yet), I am sick of vinaigrette. Red wine, balsamic, you name it. Worn. Out.

I’ve been craving ranch dressing, the Balm of the Redneck. But not the crap you buy at the store. I’ve already suffered through trying to eat salads at work with hideous processed bleu cheese that I bought under hormonal duress.

I wanted to make ranch myself — not from a packet of stuff + sour cream. I had buttermilk in my fridge. I had dried dill. Why not go for it?

I can tell you why. This stuff is crack. No sooner than I whisked it together, I had eaten an entire cucumber, dipping slices in the creamy goodness and tossing them down my gullet. I then ate a salad with a tablespoon of the stuff. Afterward, my belly bloated with veggies, I looked around my kitchen, desperate for one more mostly healthy thing I could put this devil’s work on.

I had bought a pound of green beans at a ridiculously low price. I trimmed them, tossed them with a tiny drizzle of oil, salted them, and roasted them at 425 until they were a little blistered. The dressing is very runny, so I’d just dunk the beans in and shove them into my mouth. The scene was not pretty, but boy was my mouth happy.

By the time all was said and done, I’d eaten all but a quarter cup of the dressing. Proceed with caution, y’all.

Buttermilk Dressing

Note: If you want a thicker dressing, use more sour cream and mayo and hold back on the buttermilk.

2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
½ cup lowfat buttermilk
1 tablespoon dried dill (fresh is better, but it’s all I had)
1 tablespoon dried basil (optional, but SO DELICIOUS!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp white vinegar

Whisk all ingredients together. Let set for 30 minutes if you can possibly stand it. Pour on anything edible and green. Bask. Bloat.

The garlic taste will become pronounced overnight, but I think that’s a tremendously good thing. The dressing gets better as it sits.

7 WW P+ for entire recipe

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