Buttermilk Dressing–Salad Brain Basic

by Min Merrell

To all my Salad Brain friends, I just love these cute OXO green salad dressing shaker jars.  They come in two sizes and are available everywhere.  Get a couple and you’ll have homemade dressings around the house in two shakes.  They are great for transporting and don’t leak!  Yes, I’m aware of the irony that the above photo shows a big beautiful salad in a bowl and not on a platter!  All good!

The three basic salad dressings we always make for Salad Brain Creativity Workshops are this Buttermilk Dressing, Simple Soy Salad Dressing, and a basic French Mustard Vinaigrette.

All have the fewest on-hand ingredients as possible and are easy to whip up in minutes. That’s the point. There’s nothing weird here. Get creating the salad and don’t fret too much about the dressing. A simple concoction that hits all the basic notes is almost always exactly what you need.

One word of warning, we can’t make this without someone wanting to do shots of it. It’s that powerful.  What on earth did we do before RANCH!?

Want to add some cheese or fresh herbs? Do it! It’s your dressing.  Make it extra thick and creamy with labneh or Greek yogurt instead of the buttermilk.

Salad Brain is a creativity platform.

Our exercises use the platter, rather than the typical deep salad bowl, as the canvas for creation and a means to illustrate the universal process of creative thinking and design. No matter the field, the steps of creativity are the same. Here we’re using salads because we all have some experience with salad,  a low-stakes, easy medium for practicing everyday creativity. Plus, your installation will feed you beautifully and well, and shouldn’t we all be eating more salads anyway?


For an introduction to getting in touch with your salad brain, read Welcome to Salad Brain Creativity.



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