"Mac and Cheese" Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Recipe from

Coastal Living


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dillweed
1/4 cup minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
16 ounces uncooked fusilli pasta
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated ricotta salata*
4 cups loosely packed baby spinach
Freshly ground pepper


Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Set aside.

Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain. Cool pasta under running water; drain well.

Add pasta and next 3 ingredients to buttermilk dressing in bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with pepper.

*Ricotta salata is a firm sheep's milk cheese available at import markets. If it's unavailable, substitute crumbled feta.

September 2003
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