Leafy Greens With Avocado Ranch Dressing

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20 min


20 min



Leafy Greens With Avocado Ranch Dressing

(Recipes and food styling by Eshun Mott; produced by Aimee Nishitoba; photography by Christie Vuong; prop styling by Madeleine Johari)

Avocado adds richness to this herby buttermilk dressing and makes a simple salad of mixed greens shine. Any extra dressing will keep well in the fridge for several days.—Eshun Mott


  • 2 heads little gem lettuce
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 bunch watercress , tough stems discarded
  • 1/2 small ripe avocado
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove , chopped
  • pinch sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • salt and pepper , to taste


  1. Gently separate lettuce leaves and rinse greens. Shake or spin dry and lay out on a large kitchen towel. Roll up the towel and place in the fridge until serving.
  2. Combine avocado, buttermilk, vinegar, garlic and sugar in a blender and process until smooth. Thin with a little water, if needed, to reach a pourable consistency (up to a maximum of 2 tbsp water). Transfer to a jar and stir in chives and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. When ready to serve, pile a layer of mixed greens on a platter (tearing up large leaves into pieces as you go), and use a spoon to drizzle dressing over top. Repeat until all greens have been used up. Serve any extra dressing alongside or reserve for another use.