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Buttermilk Dressing

A light, creamy and healthy Buttermilk Dressing perfectly balances a crisp green salad!
Course Side
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword buttermilk dressing, healthy salad dressing, homemade salad dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Calories 37.3kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dill (or sub with ½ teaspoon dried dill)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, dill, salt, sugar and pepper until completely.
  • Store dressing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week until ready to use.


  • This is a thin, pourable dressing. If you prefer a thicker salad dressing, simply add more mayonnaise to reach desired consistency.
  • To make this buttermilk dressing for coleslaw, you'll want a thicker consistency because the cabbage and other veggies in coleslaw release liquid and will otherwise make the sauce too thin and watery. As a result, I suggest using about ½ to ¾ cup mayonnaise and adding 1-2 tablespoons of sugar for that classic sweet coleslaw taste. Here's another great coleslaw dressing recipe.
  • This homemade buttermilk dressing will last in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can freeze buttermilk dressing for up to 3 months.
  • Tip: if you have leftover buttermilk in your refrigerator, you can also freeze the buttermilk to keep it for another use. I recommend freezing smaller, individual portions of buttermilk that you can thaw as needed. For instance, measure out ⅓ cup of buttermilk in small Ziploc bags so that you have it ready to go for this dressing recipe whenever the craving strikes. No more waste, and no more rushing to the grocery store!
  • Is buttermilk dressing healthy? Yes! The buttermilk gives the dressing a rich, creamy taste without too much added fat or calories. You only need a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise for extra flavor and thickening. A 2-tablespoon serving of the dressing has just 37 calories and 1.3 grams of carbs! Perfect for the Keto diet, too (and you can easily omit the small amount of sugar, if necessary)!
  • This salad dressing is naturally gluten-free.
  • Make a Garlic Buttermilk Dressing by adding about ¼ - ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic to the recipe.
  • Don't like dill? You can substitute with just about any herb that you prefer. Thyme, rosemary, basil or parsley would all work well!


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 37.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.3g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 1.8mg | Sodium: 231.3mg | Potassium: 27.1mg | Sugar: 1.4g