With one child already starting school, and another starting in a week, I’m beginning to feel the emotional let down of summer’s end. Then Labor Day up in Wisconsin and the quiet rite of summer passage: swim rafts being towed ashore for their winter storage.
Some years I beg for fall to come. Those years when Chicago bakes under the hot August sun and sucks every last bit of energy out of me. Then, there are summers like this: a bit of a rocky start in June, but July and August, oh my. Only a handful of days in the 90+ range. Cool nights spent on the patio. Just enough rain to keep my garden lush.
Please can we just make it last a bit longer?
Or perhaps, I’ll just continue to cook like it’s summer. And fresh salads certainly bring summer into the kitchen and are deserving of the most refreshing dressing (SOMETHING NOT IN A BOTTLE!). Which brings me to this cool buttermilk ranch dressing that I could literally eat with a spoon (not ashamed).
By the way, if you don’t have one of these fancy lime juicers ^^, you’re missing out on one of the greatest kitchen gadgets that ever lived! Also note the custom Dinner Is Served cutting board (available online at Personalizationmall.Com A birthday gift from my sister.
It all comes together so quickly and so easily. Just throw everything into the blender or food processor (my Ninja blender does a fantastic job). The result is a cool, tangy dressing that can serve as a salad dressing or as a dip for fresh vegetables, chicken tenders or wings, poached shrimp. I know the phrase “the possibilities are endless” is overused but in this case it really does apply!So yes summer, I’m talking to YOU! Even if you’re heading out of town soon, I can still imagine your presence in my kitchen each and every day.
Creamy Buttermilk Dressing with Lime and Cilantro
3/4 cups mayonnaise (either light or regular)
3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt
2 TBS fresh lime juice
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 TBS olive oil
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS coarsely chopped fresh chives
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Keep refrigerated until serving.
Yields: About 2 cups of dressing