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Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing

by The Devil Wears Salad

This is a silky and creamy salad dressing complemented by the herbaceous chive and cut through with the tartness of lemon juice. Perfect for a warm and heart salad recipe.

Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing

What is crème fraîche? Pronounced “krem fresh”, it is made from adding bacteria to cream and is essentially the French version of sour cream.

The difference between sour cream and crème fraîche is the higher fat content which makes crème fraîche more silky in consistency and won’t curdle or split as easily in higher temperatures. Sour cream has a more sour taste whilst crème fraîche is more creamy and tart.

What is crème fraîche used for normally? Because of the higher fat content, creme fraiche is often used in sauces and soups. It can be whipped into salad dressings and used in sweet pastries and cakes. I chose to use creme fraiche for this dressing to give you an alternative to heavier creams or mayonnaise.

Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing Ingredients

Creme fraiche: Silky smooth French style sour cream that when folded through a salad just gives it lovely creamy finish without the heaviness.

Chives: Related to the onion, leeks and garlic, chives are a fantastic option to add to a recipe without overpowering the whole dressing. Just hints of pungent flavours.

Olive oil: Adding to the creaminess of the dressing and ensuring that it isn’t so thick so that it can be stirred through the salad.

Lemon: The juice of the lemon will aid in bringing out the acidic flavours of the creme fraiche.

Salt and pepper: Crack some fresh pepper and a pinch of good salt to taste.

Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing Method

Rather than using mayonnaise as an ingredient for this salad dressing, I chose crème fraîche instead as the base. With the slightly acidic taste, crème fraîche dressing helps cut through the starchy feel or any heavy salad but still give it a creamy taste. Throw in a little chopped chives for freshness.

Place crème fraîche, olive oil, lemon juice and chives in a small bowl. Mix together until well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing

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Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing
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5 from 10 votes

Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing

This is a silky and creamy salad dressing complemented by the herbaceous chive and cut through with the tartness of lemon juice. Perfect for a warm and heart salad recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Food Group: Dairy, Fruit, Herbs, Sauce/Vinegar/Oils
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Sammy Eng

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place crème fraîche, olive oil, lemon juice and chives in a small bowl.
  • Mix together until well combined.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Equipment

Lemon Lime Squeezer
Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Chopping Board

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg
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Alex June 29, 2020 - 10:39 am

5 stars
A delicious and simple to prepare dressing – wonderful with so many things!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:05 am

Yes it is! Gives that lovely creamy finish.

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Sara Hilzendeger June 29, 2020 - 1:32 pm

5 stars
I LOVE creme frâiche! I’m going to have to try this.

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The Devil Wears Salad
The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:05 am

Me too! Super dooper creamy!

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Emily Flint June 29, 2020 - 1:41 pm

5 stars
This dressing sounds so delicious and easy to make, I can’t wait to try it with the chives in my garden!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:05 am

Oh yes you should! Great way to use them up.

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Sue June 30, 2020 - 6:05 am

5 stars
Time to harvest my chives – love the combination with creme fraiche!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:06 am

Thanks Sue! It’s a great salad dressing:)

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Christie Gagnon June 30, 2020 - 9:30 am

5 stars
Such a lovely combination of flavors!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:06 am

Yup, finger lickin’ good!

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Chef Dennis June 30, 2020 - 7:13 pm

5 stars
I am so loving this dressing! This Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing looks really perfect for salads!

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The Devil Wears Salad
The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:06 am

It really is and oh so creamy and velvety!

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Jar of Lemons July 1, 2020 - 12:07 am

5 stars
This is one of those recipes that is simple but doesn’t lack flavor. I need to add this into my rotation of recipes!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:07 am

Exactly right! We love the texture it gives our salads.

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen July 2, 2020 - 7:17 am

5 stars
This looks incredibly delicious. Yum!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:08 am

It sure is! Give it a try some day.

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