Buttermilk Chive Salad Dressing

Posted in: Chives


  • 1 clove garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, or nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon vinegar, or white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey, or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


Skewer garlic clove with a fork. Place mayonnaise in a small bowl. Using the skewered garlic to stir, gradually blend in buttermilk (or yogurt), oil, vinegar and honey (or sugar). Gently stir in chives. Season with salt and pepper. Leave the garlic in the dressing until ready to use, then discard.


Eating Well, March/April 1997