Green Goddess Chicken Salad
I discovered this recipe at the Food and Wine website. It’s a recipe for a salad with green goddess dressing, by Melissa Rubel Jacobson.
Green goddess is a really wonderful dressing that uses lots of fresh herbs, which accounts for the green color. Sometimes an avocado is included as well. According to Food and Wine, the dressing was created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in the 1920’s, as a tribute to an actor starring in a play called The Green Goddess. Never heard of it, but it’s slightly before my time.
Today I’m following Ms. Jacobson’s recipe for green goddess dressing, but not so much her salad.
Create any kind of salad you want with your favorite ingredients, and drizzle on the beautiful green goddess dressing, which I made exactly as printed. It’s good!
Green Goddess Chicken Garden Salad
2 oil-packed anchovies, drained
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup packed basil leaves
1 tablespoon oregano leaves
Few sprigs of fresh thyme
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons snipped chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced or chopped
1 head romaine or butter lettuce, chopped
1/2 small cabbage, chopped
Approximately 1/2 garbanzo beans, well drained
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
Peas or asparagus, optional
Hard-boiled eggs, optional
In a blender, purée mayonnaise with the herbs, lemon juice, and chives until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
This makes approximately 1 cup of dressing.
For the salad, there are so many options for preparing and serving. I chose to create a composed salad, just because they’re pretty.
Alternatively, you could combine chopped chicken, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes with some of the dressing, and serve on top of the lettuce and cabbage.
But that’s not as pretty, especially if you have company.
Just about any salad ingredient that goes well with an herby dressing will work perfectly.
That looks like a great dressing! :)
It is so good. I rarely follow a recipe, but I’ll be making this again!
Craving a fresh and delicious salad. Green Goddess is one of our favorites. Hope you are staying well. Take Care
Isn’t it wonderful?!! This recipe is perfect.
Interesting info Mimi. I’ve eaten my share of Green Goddess salad dressing, but never new it’s history. I guess I just thought it was something that Kraft invented. I’m going to have to whip up a batch of it for our next salad night. I think maybe with an avocado.
Actually, might I recommend that you follow this recipe exactly? It’s really really good! And as you know an avocado won’t really change the flavor, and the texture is already nice. Just a suggestion!
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Greek Goddess is such a wonderful salad dressing! Makes a great dip, too. One of those recipes from my childhood that definitely worth bringing back. Your salad looks SO good — thanks.
Thanks, John! This recipe is really good. I wouldn’t change a thing!
This looks delicious!
Thank you Cindy!
Beautiful color and looks so delicious. I usually add tarragon to the mix, but that’s only because I’m a tarragon addict… :)
Right. I think I remember that. It’s kind of too sweet for me, but I’m sure it was in the original recipe I used for inspiration.
This dressing and assembling is truly Labour of love for food. It looks amazing and I’m going by your suggestion to follow the recipe as It is to copy the result, Hope it tastes the same. Thanks for an amazing recipe.
It will! It will definitely taste the same. I rarely rarely follow a recipe, but this one is perfect! Enjoy!
Very pretty for company! I’m saving this one for when my basil is available, it’s only 1 cm high right now.
Right… I planted mine and they froze. Dammit.
Green Goddess has always been one of my favorite salad dressings. Drizzled over your beautiful spring composed salad, it really is a feast for the eyes!
Thank you! I love how green it is! I love green!!!
I really like making store bought Mayonnaise into something that tastes like you actually want to eat it. This is looking good – it’s the anchovies I’m sure that pep it up. My Basil is coming to an end but there is enough to make this. Also Tarragon as Ronit mentioned sounds a good addition as well.
Thankyou Mimi for this lovely dressing/dip – will be on for lunch today. :))
It’s so good. I am just not a huge tarragon fan, but if you are it would go well with the others. Dill, also.
Such a pretty salad, Mimi — like a painting. I love a main course salad like this. I will triple the dressing to have some on hand after the salad. Yum. :-) ~Valentina
Good idea. It’s really good, and as someone suggested it could be a dip as well!
Your salad looks amazing. I love making this dressing but don’t do it often enough. I had never heard of the play either.
Me neither! I tend to gravitate towards oil and vinegar, but green goddess is wonderful!
We love anchovies and I believe they give so special flavours to this dressing ! Beautiful photos Mimi !
I think you’re right! Plus all the herby flavors of course also.
Even as a child, I loved Green Goddess. I’m sure my mother was suspect! This looks so good and fresh, and we crave salads more than anything these days.
It’s finally warm outside! But I eat salads year round in any case. I love that flower you have!!!
I love any kind of green sauce and I will get basil on my next shopping trip to make this salad. Do you put the anchovies in the dressing or on the salad?
The anchovies are in the dressing. I’m with you on the green sauces!
What a thoroughly lovely salad, so perfect that I’d say it was company-worthy. I have yet to try green goddess dressing and this salad seems like the perfect delivery method.
It was a great salad for the herby dressing. I hope you get a chance to make it. And it makes a good dip!
Beautiful and I will make when I get my herb plants growing – so much better with fresh. The nurseries are now open in my state starting today but I will wait awhile longer :)
I know what you mean. I went the other day and it was full! So I passed.
I’ve actually never made green goddess dressing before, but I’ve always wanted to! Going to have to test this out… your salad looks beautiful!
Thanks. This recipe, to me, is perfect. You can always add dill and tarragon as well, but i prefer the herbs my way, as they are in the recipe.
This dressing actually sounds really nice. I say “actually” since my only exposure has been to the bottled variety and, well, it wasn’t my thing, I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to dressing salads, but this is tempting.
I agree on all counts. Nothing beats a basic vinaigrette. But this one is fresh, and of course probably nothing like bottled versions.
And here I thought avocado was the key ingredient! GREG
I’ve seen them used in GG dressing but really, what a waste of an avocado. I think. I’d much rather have them in a salad, and then use the GG! That’s just me. But I don’t think an avocado is supposed to be in GG.
What a gorgeous salad! The dressing sounds fantastic too.
Thanks, Angela. It is a perfect recipe in my mind!
that dressing sounds incredibly tasty mimi. i must give that a go next time we have salad – in about 6 months:-) Winter is almost upon us now…
Oh goodness. That sounds good to me even though it’s been strangely cold here. I’m ready for my tomatoes to grow!
The recipe looks delicious
Thanks, it was a delicious dressing!