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Potluck BLT Salad and Buttermilk Ranch Platter #blt #bltsalad #potluckrecipe #buttermilkranch

Potluck BLT Salad and Buttermilk Ranch Platter

Take the best parts of a favorite sandwich, pair it with homemade ranch, and create a beautiful platter perfect for any crowd.

Course Dinner Salad
Keyword blt salad, buttermilk ranch, Little Gems Lettuce Hearts, potluck dish, potluck salad, salad platter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Olive Jude



  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives plus more for garnish
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes Tabasco


  • 2 packages Green Giant Little Gems Lettuce Hearts end cut off and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 handful spinach leaves optional
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 6-8 slices of cooked thick cut bacon cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chives for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk to combine well.

  2. Adjust seasonings according to taste.

  3. Transfer to a mason jar for easy storage and transport. 

  4. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.


  1. Scatter the spinach leaves on a large platter. This will help the lettuce hearts from sliding and add some color too. 

  2. Arrange the sliced lettuce hearts on a platter. 

  3. Scatter the tomatoes and the bacon on top. 

  4. Garnish with the chives. 

  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. 

  6. Cover and chill until ready to serve. 

  7. Drizzle the buttermilk over the salad. Serve additional dressing on the side. 

Recipe Notes

For a more substantial and hearty salad, add fresh croutons. 

Dressing will thicken as it chills. The garlic will become more intense the longer it sits, so if less garlic punch is desired, just use one clove. It can be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days.