Buttermilk is a thick, fermented, milk culture that contains lots of probiotic microbes that are soothing for the stomach, it’s why you find buttermilk used in many drinks in hot countries, such as in India. And of course it is a vital ingredient in making soda bread.
Here I have used it to create a lovely, creamy but tart dressing – just delicious with crunchy baby gem lettuce.
If you have problems finding buttermilk – you can always create your own by combining 200ml of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and leaving for ten minutes. The milk will thicken and you can use as buttermilk.
Plant a little bit of chive in your garden – if only for the flowers they look so wonderful on salads.
Little gem with buttermilk dressing
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp mayonaise
bunch of chives chopped finely
4 baby gems
Combine the ingredients together, add the chopped chives.
Dress the lettuce and sprinkle with chive flowers and black pepper.