Buttermilk Chive Dressing

Buttermilk Chive Dressing
Makes about 2 cups

Always in our fridge, this quick, easy & versatile dressing is light & creamy dressing, but without any preservatives, thickeners, gums, or things you don't necessary need or want when dressing fresh, local produce.   

Be sure to source out high-fat, good quality buttermilk.   Harmony Organic brand is our go-to, but if you can't find a higher fat buttermilk, here's a couple of options:  replace 1/2 cup of the buttermilk with sour cream, OR increase the amount of mayonnaise to 4 tablespoons.   

Fresh garden chives were an easy grab for this, but dill, parsley or even a bit of spring onion would work well.   The key is fresh lemon juice and a really good amount of sea salt & freshly ground black pepper.   

This dressing is ideal on buttery lettuces or spinach, but add in some blue cheese or cheddar cheese and dress that broccoli-bacon salad, or a wedge salad with steak!   

1 clove of garlic, cut in half for easy blending
Juice of 1 lemon 
1 tsp. good quality sea salt
5-6 turns of freshly ground black pepper 
1 tsp. Dijon mustard 
2 tbsp. mayonnaise 
a good handful of snipped chives 
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk 

  1. Place garlic, lemon, salt, pepper, Dijon, mayonnaise and chives in your blender.   Blend until smooth, 30-45 seconds.  Add just a little of the buttermilk if you need to accomplish this. 
  2. Just stir in buttermilk (or blend for 2 seconds).  
  3. Pour into a jar and enjoy! 
  4. Will keep for a week or more in the refrigerator. 

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Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

For sure, we're grabbing fish & chips from our favourite local spot, but the sauce has to be this one!  

Makes approx. 2 1/2  cups, or 6-8 servings.  

2 cup Hellman’s or Duke's Mayonnaise
1 small shallot, finely diced (about 2 tbsp. diced), optional 
Juice and zest of 1 lemon 
1 tbsp. whole grain mustard (we like Kozlik's Triple Crunch)
2 dill pickles with about 1/4 cup pickle juice, finely diced
2 tbsp. capers, finely chopped
3-4 sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped
5-6 sprigs (or a small handful) fresh dill, finely chopped
1 hard boiled egg, grated (optional) 
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a small bowl, place shallots; add lemon juice & zest and allow to macerate, while you are chopping the remainder of the ingredients.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, capers, parsley & dill. Stir and season with salt.
  3. Add the shallots and the lemon juice/zest. Fold in hard cooked egg if using, and stir to combine.
  4. Season with salt if needed.
  5. Cover and chill until needed.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers and use within a couple of days.

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