Simple Salad With Chipotle Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This is a very simple salad with a great dressing. I got the Idea for the dressing when the family and I went to eat at a local restaurant. I came home and just had to recreate it. I hope that you enjoy it.

SALAD:

1/2 Head Lettuce, roughly chopped

1 Tomato, diced medium

1/2 cucumber, seeded, diced medium

1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and diced small

1 Carrot, washed well and diced small

 

DRESSING:

1 1/2 c. Mayonnaise

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 Green Onion, Sliced

Salt and Pepper ( to taste)

1 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Tsp. smoked Paprika

1 tbsp. Dill Pickle Relish

1/2 Tsp. White Distilled Vinegar

1/2 c. Buttermilk

1 or 2 Chipotle Peppers, seeded and minced ( leave the seeds in if you want it very spicy)

 

Here is how to assemble the salad and the dressing.

(1.) In a large bowl toss the Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Bell Pepper and Carrot together. Cover with lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to use.

(2.) In a food processor add the Mayo, Garlic, Green Onion,  and the Chipotle Pepper and blend until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the Salt, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, paprika, Pickle Relish, Vinegar and the Buttermilk. Blend until all ingredients are mixed together and smooth. Pour into a container with lid. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before using so the flavors develop. Check for seasoning before serving. Add more Salt and Pepper if needed.

The salad will stay crisp until ready to use if kept covered in the fridge. I usually make this before I start anything else. By the time I am done with all of the cooking everything goes straight to the table. I sometimes throw in some home-made crutons. To make these you just dice up some of your favorite bread into bite sized pieces and put them onto a sheet pan and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden in a 350* oven.  Let cool before putting them into your salad so that it does not wilt the salad.

Now this recipe for Chipotle Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is two in one. Omit the Chipotle for a simple but delicious ranch Dressing. I love this dressing not only is it good it is very simple to make.

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