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Eat Like a Goddess

Maybe it’s the name, maybe it’s the image of a California beauty serving alfalfa sprouts out of a shiny, happy food truck, or maybe it’s just the memorable, craveworthy taste.  Whatever it is, green goddess salad dressing is special.  I recently re-ignited my love affair with this creamy, herby deliciousness.

Core ingredients – at least in the version that originated in San Francisco’s Palace Hotel in 1923 — include mayo, sour cream, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice and pepper.  But since its debut 90 years ago, green goddess dressing has been re-imagined, replacing the mayo with avocado and adding lots of other herbs.  Our Vitamix has given me the courage to re-invent it in our own kitchen; so inspired by this recipe, but realistically using the ingredients in the fridge, here’s what my version looked like last weekend:

  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • Package of Trader Joe’s packed Italian parsley (maybe 1/4 C or so)
  • Handful of fresh basil (maybe 1/4-1/2C)
  • Half a shallot
  • Whole milk yogurt (started with a little bit and added based on taste and consistency)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Dash of white wine vinegar
  • Water to thin to right consistency
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The kids loved this as a dip for carrot sticks, and we grown-ups liked it as a new take on our boring nightly salad.  It wasn’t perfect, but inspired me enough to keep trying to hone this recipe.  It beats store-bought dressing any day!

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