If you’ve been following my blog you might have noticed that bottled salad dressing is not my favorite. I’ll take oil and vinegar over bottled dressing any day. It’s such a simple affair to whip up one’s own dressing and the rewards are terrific. Well worth the effort.
This is one of those recipes I came up with when the avocados looked good and were priced right. I found myself with a bowl full on the kitchen counter . Upon closer inspection of my refrigerator I discovered buttermilk that needed to be used. Voilla! Salad dressing. Often times these recipes turn out to be my most-liked as I routinely find myself with ingredients needing to be used instead of thrown out. How many times have you come up with a fabulous recipe by throwing a few things together only to forget to write it down? In the past, I admit I’m guilty, but nowadays I jot it down as I go or immediately following, since frequently they turn out to be blue ribbon. To forget would be a shame.
We enjoyed the creaminess of this dressing. As you can see in the photo it is thick. Perfect for dipping some raw veggies into. It does however taste delightful tossed with a big green salad. Besides being creamy it supplies a bit of tanginess as well as a heady herbal overtone, thanks to the marjoram.
This weekend looks to be warm, calm, sunny and perfect for a peek into the bee hives. I’ll be looking to count frames full of honey for harvesting. I’ll update you on that next week. I would be thrilled with an early spring honey harvest as well as a few new jars of freshly bottled honey to enjoy with the fruits of early summer.
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 tbsp. finely minced shallot
1 tsp. minced garlic
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
salt to taste
Cut up avocado into chunks. Add avocado and remaining ingredients, except salt, to a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy and smooth. More buttermilk can be added to thin out the consistency of the dressing. Add salt to taste.