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Buttermilk Garlic Dressing

Buttermilk Garlic Dressing is wonderfully creamy with lots of garlic flavor.  Tastes great on any green salad.

Buttermilk Garlic Dressing in a mason jar.


It has a wonderfully fresh taste that you just can’t find in bottled dressings.

This is a copycat of the dressing served at Houstons Restaurants. I haven’t been to a Houstons since I lived in New Orleans and I really miss it.

A combination of sour cream, mayonnaise and buttermilk makes this homemade salad dressing ultra creamy and rich. In addition to the awesome creaminess, it also has lots of flavor from the seasonings: garlic, paprika, dry mustard, sugar and dill. It’s a little bit like ranch dressing but with the garlic flavor front and center.

Garlic Buttermilk Dressing is great on any type of green salad, especially one with vine-ripened tomatoes. Also great on a chef salad.


I rarely buy bottled dressing. The flavor of homemade dressing is so much better and they don’t have all those extra ingredients and preservatives that might not be so great for your health.

I think this recipe has just the right ratio of buttermilk to sour cream and mayonnaise to make it just the right thickness. It’s thin enough to pour but thick enough to nicely coat the greens.

Recipe Tips:

It’s best to make this homemade salad dressing at least a few hours in advance so the flavors have time to develop. Will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.

Buttermilk Garlic Dressing

Try these other homemade salad dressings:

Garlic Buttermilk Dressing

Buttermilk Garlic Dressing

Buttermilk Garlic Dressing is wonderfully creamy with lots of garlic flavor.  Tastes great on any green salad.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until combined.
  • Flavor will be best if you refrigerate for a few hours before serving.


If you want to thin the dressing some add a little water, milk, or more buttermilk.


Calories: 187kcal
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: homemade salad dressing

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7 thoughts on “Buttermilk Garlic Dressing”

  1. great receipe! i had a lot of leftover buttermilk and sour cream left. everybody loved this dressing 🙂 . thanks

  2. Made this again this evening, but used regular paprika per the recipe. Again, 1 clove garlic on the microplane and 1 tea. sugar. This is delicious!!!! The garlic gets distributed throughout the mix and the tiny bit of sugar just tames the bite. This is absolutely my new favorite salad dressing and thank you again.

  3. Just made this and it’s quite good. I think it will be even better after mellowing a few hours. I used 1 clove, grated it on a microplane. Decreased the sugar to 1 tsp and accidentally used smoked paprika. Next time I will be more careful and use regular paprika, but this will be good on the salad I’m planning for dinner (greens topped with fried prawns). Thank you for this recipe it’s going to be a favorite.

  4. I have been searching a long time for a good creamy garlic dressing they usually have to much garlic or something really off. This one is almost PERFECT I think it has just a tiny bit to much sugar.

    Thank you for sharing

    1. Best dressing ever! I used to have this dressing at Houston’s – I forgot how much I loved it!
      I cubed leftover crispy chicken breasts from last night, added butter lettuce and assorted salad fixings – this dressing made ho-hum leftovers to WOW!

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