Buttermilk Salad Dressing (and Brussel Sprout Salad)

03bSaladbfLONot so much a recipe as a new addition to Stuff I Like, this buttermilk salad dressing mix from Penzeys is the real deal in more ways than one:

It is every bit as tasty as the stuff from bottles or made from packets in the salad dressing aisle of your friendly neighborhood market, but…

It contains NO FUNKY INGREDIENTS. Salt, bell pepper, garlic, onion, sugar, black pepper, parsley, thyme, and basil.

01aButtermilkJarbfLOCompare that to your bottle or packet of ranch dressing.

Normally, with such a simple list of ingredients, I’d simply go through my spice racks and try to come up with a blend of my own…

02aButtermilkDressingbfLOBut, why?

This one is spot on for flavor, I am not hating anything I see in the ingredients list, and there’s a Penzeys store just over the state line.  My dressing recipe varies a bit from what the folk at Penzeys call for (surprise!), but it is still very simple to toss together.

•1/2 cup buttermilk
•1/2 cup mayonnaise
•2 tbsp sour cream
•1-1/2 tsp Buttermilk Dressing mix

03aZucchiniFriesbfLOWhisk the ingredients together in a bowl, then store in a covered container in the fridge until needed – I tend to keep mine in a squeeze jar for easy access when I’m making a sammich (spicy deli bologna (not from a blister pack), pepperoncini, and chopped romaine rolled in a tortilla is lovely), or mebbe to top off oven fried zucchini sticks and pork chops.

03cSrirachaMacCheesebfLOOf course, you can always use it on a salad; like mine with shaved Brussel sprouts, dried cherries, and home made croutons, but I wouldn’t say no to using some as a dip for Buffalo wings, and it was really quite nice on top of these kinda zippy Sriracha Mac and Cheese cup thingies I’m working on a recipe for our next Book Club gathering.

All in all, I’d highly recommend you visit your local Penzeys (or, search ’em out on da Google, they ship, and use interesting packing materials) and stock up on some of this very good stuff.

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