LOVE this recipe. I did not find it too spicy or sour. It’s tangy and rich from the buttermilk, the hot sauce adds brightness. If you don’t like spice, I would recommend adding a touch of lemon juice with the zest. Tomatoes and herbs keep everything interesting. This is not a one note salad. I have added leftover corn and chicken. I will keep making this again and again.
I made this to take to a picnic and I ended up not taking it. I followed the recipe exactly and all I could taste was the sour, vinegary flavor from the Crystal hot sauce. I'm not sure if the recipe has an error and it should be two teaspoons instead of two tablespoons, but as written its overpowering. I would potentially consider making this again and but will omit the hot sauce and also reduce the amount of herbs.