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posted: 7/23/2014 5:30 AM

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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1 large garlic clove finely minced with a microplane grater

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 cup low-fat mayonnaise

¼ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon dried) dill, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon sweet paprika

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Dash of hot pepper sauce (I like Frank's)

¼ cup low-fat buttermilk (or more, as needed to reach desired consistency)

With the flat side of a chef's knife or with the bottom or a spoon, mash minced garlic together with the salt. Add garlic paste to a medium mixing bowl with the mayonnaise, parsley, dill, chives, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, black pepper, paprika, hot sauce and buttermilk; whisk until combined. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Add more buttermilk if desired for thinner texture. Chill 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors time to blend.

Makes about 1¼ cups.

Cook's notes: The garlic flavor will become more assertive over time. Full-fat mayo and buttermilk may be substituted.

Nutrition values per 2 tablespoons: 46 calories (35 percent from fat), 1.8 g fat (trace amount saturated), 7 g carbohydrates, 0.1 g fiber, 0.3 g protein, 0.4 mg cholesterol, 297 mg sodium.

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