Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with Bibb Lettuce

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Yield:
3 cups dressing
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt, such as Fage Total
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • Salad greens for 6
  • 3 small Bibb lettuces, cut in half through the core
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
Directions
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Place the scallions, basil, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Puree for 15 to 20 seconds to make a smooth mixture. Add the mayonnaise, yogurt, and buttermilk and blend until smooth. Transfer the dressing to a container, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour for the flavors to develop.

Arrange the lettuce, tomatoes, and onion artfully on salad plates and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

Cook's Note: Ina substituted Boston lettuce for Bibb lettuce when taping this episode.


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A little too salty - definitely salt to taste.  I would recommend starting with 1 tsp.  Other than that, it was delicious.  I loved it!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so amazed that I could make ranch dressing (I am kitchen challenged). Tips: Salt to taste, as others mentioned. Reminds me of Old Spaghetti Factory's ranch dressing - but better, of course. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I sure hope this is as good as it looks. I got hooked into cooking 4th of July dinner today the 3rd. I am frantically putting a menu together and this salad sounded great--I trust Ina and I like salt. I am going to add parsley because it didn't look herby enough. Thank God I have a friend to hit Whole Foods early. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would just salt to taste and cut down on the amount of basil. Maybe I just used really strong basil, but I felt like that was all I could taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this tangy salad dressing, it's a lot better and fresher than store bought dressings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wrote this down quickly and didn't write down any salt amounts, so I guess I lucked out there, just salted to taste. What I don't like, the addition of the Greek yogurt. Between that and the buttermilk, it's got too much of a twangy taste that I don't like. Next time I will leave the Greek yogurt out. Otherwise, great flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like most of the other reviewers, I found this recipe to call for WAY too much salt. A half teaspoon works nicely. To give the dressing a little extra zing, I add an additional teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be one of my favorite dressings. I even put it on Turkey burgers with a little avocado, tomato and red onion. Absolutely delish. HOWEVER!!!! I knew just from reading the ingredients not to put all of that salt in. I salted &amp;#34;to taste&amp;#34; and did the same with the pepper. In addition, I made a few changes because I&amp;#39;m allergic to eggs so I don&amp;#39;t use may no - not even the soy mayo. I put a cup of fat free Fage yogurt, and in place of the mayo I used fat free sour cream. It came out delish and I probably like it a lot better then using all that mayo. My husband was also crazy about it. I also added a pinch of sugar and less mustard then called for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a keeper. Luckily I didn&amp;#39;t notice the amount of salt and pepper and just added it to taste. Phew! It came out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was wonderful, I never use TABLE SALT! I used sea salt, you need to taste as you go. Never put all the salt in when you can add more, if needed. Taste, Taste and Taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
TOO MUCH SALT!. I have fresh basil and scallions from my garden and I used a cup of basil (because we love it... I used only 2 tsp of salt and 1 full c of yogurt and it is still too salty. Wish I had seen the other posts... Gosh I love Ina&amp;#39;s recipes normally but maybe the person entering the recipe had a typo. I added another cup of mayo and another 1/2 cup of buttermilk and it is better. But I think it has way too much mustard too. Salad dressings should not bite back! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ditto on the salt. Glad I only used 1 tsp. Next time I will use 1/2 tsp. Notice she says to resalt and pepper after you put the dressing on the veggies. I think someone needs to edit this recipe. I didn't have plain yogurt so I used my strawberry Greek yogurt without the fruit and it was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wish I would have seen the salt warning first. I saved it by doubling everything else. Great dressing for dipping veggies. My kids love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wish I had read the reviews before I made this, but I'll definitely make it again. (With less salt! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SALT ! This is a PSA for those considering this recipe. As I believe others have said, the recipe has an error regarding the salt. I've made this several times and 1/2 tsp is good for my taste and I think more than 1 tsp would be too much. And, I've made this several times as it is EXCELLENT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I did cut the amount of kosher salt in half and it was, for me, the perfect amount. Any more and it would have been too salty. This is definitely a keeper recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YES! I will never buy bottle ranch again because this is WAY better!I added dill along with the basil, and used meyer lemons. Regarding all the salt talk, I used a 1/2 teaspoon or less of kosher and it was fine. This would be a great dip for a veggie platter. Both my kids ate their entire salad with dinner tonight......I swear it's this dressing! Ha! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way to salty. Might be good without as much salt. Served it and thru the rest away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
chickpea thanks for pointing out the difference in respect to Kosher and table salt. I just wanted to note that I did use Kosher salt, and I did find it way too salty even with the Kosher amount. I would still reduce salt amount using Kosher to even 1/4 or 1/2 tsp as per your taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent! Previous reviewers have commented that it is too salty -- note that the recipe calls for kosher salt, which has a much larger grain than table salt. If you are using table salt in a recipe that calls for kosher salt, it's common to halve the amount. Based on reviews, I reduced it even further and used only 1/4 tsp of table salt. This was perfect for me! An excellent zingy dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! Made this as a dip for one of my parties and now I can't stop! People keep requesting it and can't get enough! I added dill and just added salt and pepper to taste. Perfect! Will be a recipe I use forever! Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, much better than any bottled ranch I've tried. I will make it again, but with less salt and lemon juice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very refreshing. When I made it I didn't have any basil so the next day I went to the store and added it into the leftover dressing and it was perfect. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to every quarter cup of milk and after 20 minutes it will have curdled and voila! Buttermilk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really, really enjoyed this dressing on a lettuce wedge with tomatoes for a recent dinner party. Guests raved about it and asked for the recipe! I will definitely make this again....yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too salty, and too much basil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! One thing, my family found the basil too overpowering, so I switched it out with dill and they all love it even the kids. I actually like it better with dill but it is very good with basil also. Tonight I made it with dried basil, dill &amp; parsley flakes, it's still incredible. Once I made it with milk and vinegar instead of buttermilk, you literally can't mess this recipe up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this dressing. I made it twice in one week. I omitted the greek yogurt the second time and it still came out good. I will never buy ranch in the bottle or packet again. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a really good ranch, just cut back on the salt like others have suggested. I also used half of the dressing to make about 1 lb. of slaw. Just add about 1 table spoon of brown sugar to the dressing for the slaw and you are good to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dressing was fantastic! A very tasty and easy ranch dressing recipe. I didn't have any basil (how did that happen? but it was still really good. I didn't measure the salt but probably didn't use as much because of the reviews, plus I was using as a dip and not over salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Very Good ~ it is too salty when you follow the recipe. I'm going to try to fix/salvage this batch &amp; I'm gonna use this as my go to Ranch Dressing. I'm just going to have to back off the salt till I taste it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG soooo salty and I'm a heavy salt user! I hope that what I seen on here is true about it tasting better on greens and I wont have to dump it all. If I make it again, I will omitt the salt either completely or just a 1/2 tsp. I love how much it makes since I have a big family and I really wanted to like it so Im hoping it's eatable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another winner, Ina! Just tasting it out of the bowl, it does taste salty, but I'm going to go with another person's comment that it's not as salty when put over greens. I used Kosher salt. Maybe I should have used table salt??? Also, I inadvertantly bought flavored Greek yogurt! So I substituted sour cream. Just as good! Anyway, the flavor is over the top, and I happy to not be buying mixes anymore. Who know what's in those? Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple, so tasty. Thanks. I combined fresh baby spinach with my bib lettuce and heirloom tomato. It was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO GOOD! I just made this recipe. I didn't have scallions or basil on hand, so omitted those ingredients. The dressing was super tangy and absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it again with the greens! This one is definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We enjoyed this very much. I will not buy ranch dressing again. I have these ingredients on hand as staple items in my kitchen. Thanks for helping my family's budget. Goodness on a budget. Add hotsauce if you want to have Spicy Ranch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dressing is delicious! I used basil from my herb garden and we all loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the fresh taste of this dressing! After making the first batch we thought it was way too salty, though. We made the second batch with no salt at all and found that it had a natural salty taste. Will definitely make this one again and omit the salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! I won't buy the powdered mix again. I love this recipe! Thanks, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dressing has a great flavor with an interesting bite. I didn't have the yogurt on hand but no one seemed to miss it. A keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous - one taste and I was sold. I will never serve bottled ranch dressing again. I can't wait for my next dinner party to serve this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It makes a lot of dressing if there are only two of you so I cut the recipe in half. Yummy! I think you could add whatever herbs that you have on hand and it would be delicious too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. My 7 year old daughter has been dying to start helping in the kitchen, so, with nothing planned this three day weekend I decided it was time : We followed the recipe to a T and although there were elements that she didn't like (onions, garlic, &amp; buttermilk she loved the result. Even my picky 6 year old son (who only eats hidden valley and my 4 year old loved it. One note *** 2 1/2 tsps of kosher salt makes for a very salty dressing, UNTIL you put it on the salad. I almost didn't serve it because it was so salty, but I'm so happy I did. This is definitely our new ranch recipe!! PS....LOVED the basil! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. I've made it twice. I didn't have basil the first time, so I just omitted it. The second time I followed it exactly. I actually perferred it without the basil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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