Apr 16, 2012

Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing



This is good stuff! Creamy avocado dressing with a little zing from the jalapeño pepper.

Make a boring grilled chicken salad exciting, use it over greens, on a sandwich, and it even makes a great dip if you use a little less buttermilk. This keeps refrigerated a few days without turning brown.

Low-carb, gluten-free, egg-free, vegetarian and delicious!



Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 3 1/2 tbsp • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 64.9 • Fat: 4.8 g • Protein: 1.8 g • Carb: 5.1 g • Fiber: 2.2 g • Sugar: 1.9
Sodium: 128.8 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed, leave them in if you want it spicy
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium haas avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallion
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thinner dressing add more buttermilk, for a thicker dip use less.


Makes 1-1/3 cups.

116 comments :

  1. THIS LOOKS SOOOO GOOD!! Definitely making this week.

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  2. I love you. ha ha Mmmm mmmm good. This will be perfect to eat on my salads in a couple months when my cilantro, green onions and jalapenos are ripe in my garden. Thanks so much for all your awesome recipes. YOU ROCK!!!

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    1. Enjoy!! Can't wait for my garden to grow!

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    2. I know me too. I love having a garden and then I get to can all the stuff for winter!! My b/f loves that I am can grow stuff. Saves us a lot of money. :)

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  3. I can't wait to try this! I've been looking for a new go-to salad dressing for awhile and this sounds delicious.

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    1. Have you tried Gina's low cal blue cheese? It's fantastic. I always have some in the frig.

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  4. I've been looking for a salad dressing recipe to have when I make fajitas or burritos. This is perfect!

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  5. Sounds amazing, can't wait to try it!

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  6. What can you substitute for the buttermilk to make it dairy free? Would coconut milk or almond milk work?

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    1. Sure, I think it would work, or maybe soy yogurt?

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    2. add just enough vinegar to milk to make it curdle and you have buttermilk

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  7. This looks great! I just made your Shrimp Cobb Salad with the Buttermilk cilantro dressing and took it to a church dinner...it was a big hit ... I'm having the little bit that was left for my lunch today..Thanks for the wonderful recipes..

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  8. Oh, this looks soooooo incredibly up my alley!!! Jalapeno! Cilantro! Avocado! Garlic! Scallion! Lime! Cumin! All favorites of mine!!!!

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  9. Gina, this has my name all over it!

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  10. I have your tomatillo cilantro dressing in my fridge right now, and I LOVE it. This sounds pretty good, too.

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  11. This sounds delicious! How long would this dressing last?

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  12. I cannot wait to go home and make this. As luck would have it, I have EVERYTHING at home to make it!

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  13. We aren't very big on cilantro in my house. Is there something I could substitute for the cilantro or do you think it would be just as good (although different) if I just leave it out?

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    1. Parsley. :)

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    2. I know it sounds weird, but the tops of celery are also a good cilantro substitute! It's fresh and tasty without being soapy.

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  14. My husband would love this, he is the biggest cilantro fan I have ever seen. He would use this on simply anything he could get his hands on.

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  15. Wonder if you can substitute plain greek yogurt for the buttermilk? I don't ever have buttermilk but always have yogurt in my fridge. Any thoughts on that?

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    1. Sure but it will be thick so you'll need to water it down a little.

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    2. For your tomatillo cilantro dressing, I always use the old vinegar in milk substitution for buttermilk and it tastes delicious. Just a splash of vinegar (apple cider is the best, imo) into the milk and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

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  16. I am saving this recipe! Looks so yummy :)

    Xoxo
    http://sosimplychic.blogspot.com/

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  17. Think there would be a good sub for cilantro, I think its a spice you either like or dont and its not one on my like list! Think basil would be good?

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  18. I can't wait to make this. I am thinking of using this on a quinoa, bean, corn, tomato salad.

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  19. Yumm. Sounds amazing. I've been on an avocado kick lately. I bet this would be great on .. well pretty much everything :-)

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  20. What is in the background? It looks like some sort of black bean salad, which I think this would be delicious on! Excellent recipe as always, Gina :)

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  21. Just the thought of it is making my mouth water.

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  22. I made this tonight... Loved it! It's delicious! Next time I'll add more jalapeno seeds to give it more of a kick. Great recipe! Thanks!

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  23. I've been on the hunt for a new dressing that my family would love, they are very picky and I"m tired of the same old ones. Can't wait to try this!

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  24. Yum! Great recipe!!! This would be so perfect on Tacos!!!! Yum!

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  25. Seems easy enough! This recipe does look good and good thing I have an avocado that needs to get used up. Could I do the whole "swap in milk and vinegar" for the buttermilk?

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  26. YES! What a name for a dressing - all my favorites in one. :)

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  27. YUMMO! This sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to have to test this one soon!

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  28. This looks absolutely fabulous - can't wait to try it out!

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  29. YUM! Seriuosly... those sound like best mix of ingredients out there. So light for spring/summer too!

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  30. This looks so fresh and satisfying. Any ideas for what to do with the buttermilk leftover? Besides buttermilk pancakes?

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    1. I was wondering that myself. Then last night I made this dressing and I think I'll be making more dressing with the leftover buttermilk!

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  31. omg... i could drink this!!!!

    --d alis

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  32. So many recipes I need to try! I love adding a little spice to something! Thanks again lady!

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  33. Matt and Sharon4/17/12, 6:49 PM

    Hey Gina, my girlfriend and I were just wondering if you could make this and then store it in the refrigerator to use for a later date and, if so, how long it lasts. I know avocado has a tendency to turn brown once out of the skin.

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  34. Made this today, used lemon juice coz that's what I had and made my own "buttermilk" from fat free milk. Put that s--t on everything - salad, fish, sweet potato, etc. A winner! One question, would using the skim milk change the points or still 2? In answer to Matt above, this doesn't turn brown, the lemon or lime juice keeps it a gorgeous shade of green!

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  35. I made this dressing for our salad this evening...wonderful! I will make this again. Today is day number 3 of making all making all Skinnytaste recipes for a whole week for my husband and myself.

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  36. Oh my gosh - YUM.
    I cannot wait to try this, thank you!!!

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  37. Made this tonight and loved it! I even had some picky Marines over for dinner that loved it:) Definitely making it again

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  38. I made this last night, exactly as you posted. I poached a couple of chicken breasts and cut them into cubes...blanched then chopped some organic broccoli and mixed it all up with this dressing. Served it on a bed of organic baby arugula and red oak lettuce. My family LOVED it! I'm going to make another batch tonight to use as a dressing for a green salad. Thank you so much this one is definitely a keeper.

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  39. This sounds wonderful. I've been searching for a dressing a local restaurant uses on their shrimp taco's. This sounds like it could be similar. Can't wait to try it this weekend.

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  40. Finally had a chance to try this tonight. It was WONDERFUL! Used it on a simple cabbage and carrot salad - heavenly! The only changes I made were to leave out the jalapenos (yes, I am a wimp!) and add extra cilantro, since we love that. Another great recipe - love your site!

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  41. Just made this and it's so good! I don't love citrus though so I should have known to not use the lime. I threw in a little chunk of Cotija to balance out the lime. Yummy!

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  42. This was delicious. Thanks for posting.

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  43. Would adding "Fruit Fresh" extend the life?

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  44. This is absolutely amazing!!! Great as a dip for fresh veggies, spread on whole wheat tortillas for fajitas, the possibilities are endless. I used 3/4 buttermilk and it was still perfect as a dip. Thank you!!

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  45. This sounds DELICIOUS!!! Gonna make this for Mother's Day.

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  46. Gina -- Made this for a simple salad (fantastic) and put some of leftover on roast beef paninis today. (fantastic). Thanks for yet another wonderful recipe. Deborah

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  47. Just made this tonight...it's fantastic! I think I'll be using it as a dip, on sandwiches...and of course on salads. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

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  48. This creamy avocado dressing is always perfect to any salad!Since my children love salads, I always serves the creamy avocado salad dressing individually using Seagreen Square Incline Cup, because if not, I am sure my 3rd child Andrew will consume everything. :D

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  49. I made this last night, and I will definitely be making this again in the future, but I think I'll leave the jalapeno out next time-the jalapeno flavor seemed out of place against the other ingredients.

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  50. I made this last night and served it on a taco salad. I layered baked tortilla chips, lettuce, turkey taco meat, tomato, onion, cheese, and avocado. I used this recipe for the dressing and it was so good. Today I made a wrap and used the dressing as a spread on lavash bread. It was wonderful!!! Thanks for all your recipes!

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  51. This recipe is amazing! If you have ever been to Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant, Casa Ole', or Los Cucos, this tastes exactly like their green sauce they give you with chips. I have been looking for this recipe for forever! Who would have known I would find it on a skinny recipe website?! That's awesome! I put this dressing in your recipe for the BLT lettuce wraps and it was absolute heaven!! I recommend everyone try that at least once! With two of those lettuce wraps with this dressing inside, it is relatively no carbs and will fill you up! Absolute perfection! :)

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  52. This tastes so much like the cilantro ginger aioli that you can get a Brasa. I added grated ginger to mine. We loved this on fish tacos!

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  53. I have made this a few times now and love it. It's so easy. A couple of notes. I've made it without the onions and didn't miss them. I suggest starting with juice from 1/2 a lime. I used a small lime and it seemed to overpower. Also, when I needed to take the sour taste from the lime down a notch I was able to add a little more cilantro to adjust the flavor and it worked. Very easy recipe to adjust to your own taste.

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  54. For those of you wondering, I just made my own buttermilk with coconut milk and vinegar and it turned out pretty good! It might have a slight sweet taste from the coconut milk but this was the first time I have made it so I am not certain what it taste like with regular buttermilk. Can't wait to put it on our taco salads tonight! Thanks so much for your many delicious recipes!!

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  55. Hi Gina! I was thinking of making this to serve on a side salad next to your skinny chicken enchiladas...do you think they would complement each other well?

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  56. This is one of the best dressings I've ever had! I think it would work GREAT as a dip and I plan to put on my sandwich tomorrow too. Thank you so much!

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  57. In answer to all the questions about how long it lasts, I currently have a dish I made almost 2 weeks ago for Cinco de Mayo, and it is STILL green and fresh and tastes incredible! We believe it is the lime juice keeping it that way. I also blend this up in my Ninja, and that may help some. I have now made this dressing 3 times and served as a dip, and it is a HUGE hit! Having never made anything with avocado before (not a big fan of it), I am surprised at how often I go back to it... awesome sauce!

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  58. This dressing looks great. I want to try it, but wonder how long it will keep.

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  59. This dressing has been pretty much life-changing for me. Had a really miserable time trying to eat more salad in an attempt to be healthier. Now I eat a salad every night and love it!

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  60. This dressing is DELICIOUS! I made it to go with the Mexican Cobb Salad to take to a picnic tomorrow. I will be making this dressing regularly. YUM!

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  61. Oh My - YUM! This is awesome!

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  62. This is amazing! i did add a teaspoon of ranch dressing powder.

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  63. Made this for the 1st time and used Saco powder buttermilk mix. Excellent flavors and will make it again.

    BTW, love the Recipe Box so I can store and find it later when I can prepare it.

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  65. I LOVE this dressing. I have made it twice in the past two weeks! I use it for salads, chicken, fish, and we also put it on turkey tacos. This is definitely a winner.

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  66. Think I'm gonna make this to go on my carnitas tacos tonight! Along with some calabacitas with mushrooms added! Can it be dinner time yet?

    Steph

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  67. OMG - is all I have to say. I tried with chips and am now in LOVE with this. I love cilantro and avacado and this was wonderful. My husband thought it was a protein shake - lol. Thanks Gina. I can always count on you for awesome recipes and inspiration.

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  68. Gina , this dressing is fantastic! I not only used it as a salad dressing, but I used it for a topper on my tostadas!It was great! Thanks!!!!!!!!

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  69. I added a pack of buttermilk ranch dressing to it and it was amazing... My family loved it!!! : )

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  70. To keep the avocado from turning brown, keep the pit and place in the dressing. It will keep the avocado fairly green for about a week.

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  71. Gina, how long can you store this dressing in the fridge?

    Thanks!!!

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  72. I cant wait to try this recipe. Im wondering if you have tried it with pita chips as a dip? Thanks

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  73. I found you on Pinterest. I must say, this is amazing! It is the perfect dressing for a southwest salad. I also love that it made from real food!

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  74. Can this dressing be frozen?

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  75. OMG... AMAZING! This is the second time I have made this, I just love it as a salad dressing and we ate it with veggies and pita chips for lunch this week with your Southwestern Black Bean and Quoina salad. It was as good on day 6 when we finished off the double batch from last week, as it was day 1 made fresh... maybe better. I just love your recipes!

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  76. Cannot wait to try this. I'm thinking with your Southwest Turkey Lettuce Wraps as suggested. YUM!

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  77. This is delicious, however I found that I just did not enjoy it on a green salad. I can imagine it on all kinds of Mexican inspired meals though! I'm thinking of a quesadilla for lunch tomorrow with this as a dipping sauce! Yum. I could sit and eat this right out of a bowl with a spoon!

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  78. I am addicted to this dressing! I made it for the first time less than a week ago and I am already making it again. I added more cilantro than it called for a added a few jalapeno seeds to add more heat. It goes will so much, and it is great just with a few chips as a quick snack. Love it!!

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  79. I made this and even with the seeds removed it was REALLY spicy. That's probably my own mistake though.. the dressing itself tasted really good though and I'm SO happy to have found a "creamy" dressing that's not horribly bad for you. Two thumbs up.

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  80. I made this today 1.11.14 and LOVED it. I will definitely make again. I figure it to be about 38 calories for 2 Tbsp.

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  81. Looks amazing! How long does it last in the frig?

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  82. This is good! I've been dipping pretzels in it and I dipped my turkey wrap for lunch in it. I substituted plain greek yogurt for the buttermilk and thinned it out with skim milk. Turned out awesome.

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  83. Another delicious recipe loved by the entire family. Thanks!

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  84. Could I sub heavy cream for buttermilk? Not that skinny, but I do have it in my fridge (leftover from Easter whipped cream).

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  85. Zesty is right! It has the perfect amount of flavor and zing. I made a yummy salad and topped it off with this delicious dressing. Thank you!

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  86. This was delicious! And super easy with the nutri bullet. Thanks!

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  87. YUM!
    I'm gonna drink this like a shake!

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  88. Made this tonight and it is addictive, good thing it's a healthier version. Now my focus will be making recipes I can use with this dressing until it's gone and repeat!

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  89. Help, I don't have buttermilk. Can I make it from bisquik?

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  90. I made the buttermilk using 1 tbsp white vinegar and added skim milk to make one cup...came out great!

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  91. Absolutely YUMMERS! Seriously, I love avocado and this right here was awesome! Thanks for the recipe! This will definitely be my go to dressing.

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  92. What is the best way to store this in the fridge? In Tupperware with a lid? sounds silly but just want to be sure to make it last as long as possible. Thanks!

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  93. If I wanted to make this dish dairy-free, is there anything you would recommend swapping the buttermilk with?

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  94. I wonder how you could make this dairy free.....?

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  95. I just made the dressing to go with the crock pot Mexican chicken salad. I cannot yet attest the deliciousness of the chicken since it's still cooking, (smells amazing though!) but the dressing is fantastic! I used a bit more cumin, cilantro, and buttermilk than called for because I like more flavor and I wanted it a bit thinner, but this is some seriously amazing salad dressing! Thank you for the recipe!

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  96. This dressing is AMAZING!!!!!! I left thick and used as a dip for quesadillas, can't wait to make it again with nachos! Shared on my blog, with my weekly menu plan. Linked to you for recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jolleen

    Blog: http://thegraffitiedgardenia.blogspot.com/2014/08/weekly-menu-number-seventeen-summer.html

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  97. I just made this to go with Chicken Taco Salad Bowls for dinner tonight. It is delicious! I am not a big fan of spicy food so I was cautious and only used 1/2 the Jalapeño. It still has a good kick but I am very glad I didn't throw it all in as it would have been way too spicy for me! I used Fat Free Buttermilk and kept adding more than the recipe to get the consistency I wanted... unfortunately I am now sitting with my fingers coated in Sour Cream in a desperate attempt to get the jalapeño burn to stop!! I am a novice when it comes to spicy food and didn't know to wear gloves before deseeding it :-(

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  98. Just have to say how great this one is. I made it thicker for dipping my gazpacho salad spring rolls, but ended with a lot left over. Today I used it in place of sour cream to top a can of lentil soup (pumped up with extra veg). It made an ok bowl awesome! Thanks for the great recipes!

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  99. I just made this for dinner this evening and it is very, very good. unfortunately my kids will not eat it this spicy - any ideas/suggestions on how to cut the spiciness down? thanks so much!!

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