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Creamy Buttermilk Salad Dressing with Onion Salt

The buttermilk adds a tangy flavor to otherwise mild and cream salad dressing recipes. This amazing tangy twist means it works beautifully drizzled over any salad leaves. Buttermilk used to be the term for the liquid left over when you churn butter from cream. Before you could skim the cream from whole milk, it was left to sit, to allow the milk and cream to separate.

Naturally occurring lactic acid-producing bacteria would ferment the milk into buttermilk. In India, buttermilk is the liquid left over from extracting butter from churned yogurt. This is known as “traditional buttermilk” and, although it is common in India and Pakistan, it is hard to find in the West. The other type is cultured buttermilk, which is homogenized and pasteurized.

Some dairies might add colored butter flecks to simulate the buttery pieces found in traditional buttermilk but not all of them do this, so you might not have seen such an effect. Dried buttermilk and condensed buttermilk are often used commercially to make ice cream. Cultured buttermilk was labeled “artificial buttermilk” in the early 1900s, and traditional buttermilk was labeled as ordinary or natural buttermilk.

Tangy Paprika Buttermilk Salad Dressing
Summary: Did you know one of the best salad dressings you can make is based on buttermilk? Simply add mayo, paprika, onion salt, and black pepper, for a rich, creamy taste.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 12
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Whisk the ingredients together and serve with salad leaves.
  2. Refrigerate any leftovers.
(Makes 2 Cups)

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Buttermilk combines with mayo, paprika and onion to make this amazing salad dressing. Add some salt and pepper and the dressing is complete. You can use the blender or food processor to make this flavorful dressing. The tang of buttermilk is evident in the resulting dressing while the mayonnaise adds a more neutral creamy taste. The only seasonings you need to add to the dressing are paprika, onion salt and some black pepper, and then you will find the flavor is perfectly balanced. Serve this over mixed leaves, add it to chicken or pasta salad, or try it with shrimp or crayfish.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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