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.
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.
Best Salad for This Dressing
Pan fried potatoes mingled with tangy marinated artichokes and crispy maple glazed pancetta, all tossed together with a tangy creme fraiche dressing. This is comfort food heaven.
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Creme Fraiche and Chives Dressing
- 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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