Cos lettuce with very useful dressing

Lettuce with very versatile buttermilk dressing.
Lettuce with very versatile buttermilk dressing. Photo: Katrina Meynink

This salad dressing gives and gives this holiday season. It is a spectacular dressing, at home pooling between the leaves of icy cold cos as much as it is served with roast chook, roast veg or on leftover ham sandwiches. It makes over a cup, more than you need, but will keep in the fridge for a few days.


4 baby cos, stems removed, halved, washed thoroughly


¼ cup creme fraiche

½ cup buttermilk

¼ cup Kewpie mayo

1 cup of dill sprigs, loosely packed, plus a few extra sprigs to serve

½ large red onion, roughly chopped

zest of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to season


1. Arrange the cos lettuce halves, cut-side up, on a serving platter.

2. Add the dressing ingredients to a blender and blitz to combine. Ensure the onion has been blitzed and the mixture is free from large chunks – it should be quite thin.

3. Drizzle the dressing generously over the cos, scatter with a few extra dill fronds and serve immediately.