I think that some of the best culinary moments are ones in which your tastebuds get a full dose of action – sweet, salty, savory, even bitter. When all combined, it’s some absolute majesty. This dressing is no exception – the allure of the tangy buttermilk combined with the sweet and tart cider vinegar is absolutely unbeatable. And the poppy seeds give the whole mixture lovely color and added pizzaz.
If you aren’t in the habit of making your own salad dressing, you should definitely start. Your salads will taste fresher and brighter, and it won’t cost you anything. Most homemade salad dressings include staples that you already have in your pantry. You’ll be saving yourself pennies, chemicals, and in many cases calories, by doing it yourself.
I use this dressing in place of warm bacon dressing on the classic Spinach Salad – a combination of baby spinach, red onion and hard boiled eggs. However, it’s also delicious on arugula and other bitter greens that are livened up by a bit of sweetness. Be creative and tuck this dressing recipe into your rolodex for something new and special.
Spinach Salad with Buttermilk Poppy Seed Dressing
1 tbs. of cider vinegar
1/4 c. of buttermilk
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. of black pepper
1/4 c. of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. of poppy seeds
Combine all of the ingredients in a jar or plastic tupperware with a tight lid. Shake and pour over salad of your choice. Serve.
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