Green Goddess


Way back before my taste in food developed to the point where it is today, I didn’t like lettuce. It was a texture thing. So, as a result, I didn’t eat salads. I was in high school I first began enjoying salads, which is really very old. But my palate obviously developed slowly.

I remember spreading a green creamy dressing over greens at a salad bar at a steak restaurant in Park City, Utah, that my parents frequented. And I remember fondly how good my first salads were with what I learned to be green goddess dressing. (The other option was that peach colored thousand island stuff – blech.)

So fast forward a million years and within a short few months I am inundated with recipes for green goddess dressing. They keep showing up everywhere, mimicking me, as a sign to re-live my initiation eating salads. So I decided it was meant to be. I made green goddess dressing.

This green goddess dressing is based on variations of a few different recipes, including one in an old cookbook of mine, Chez Panisse Vegetables. I never knew the green part was from herbs, or that some of the creaminess was from avocado. But if you like green and creamy, this is the dressing for you!

The salad I used it on is called a South American salad. Seriously, it is. I’ll actually feature it on a separate post, because there’s a good story to go along with it. My variation, in the featured photo, features potatoes, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, bacon and hard boiled eggs. This was all tossed with the green goddess dressing.

Green Goddess Dressing

1 medium avocado
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 small shallots
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 anchovies
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup heavy cream
Fresh cilantro*
Fresh basil*

Place all ingredients but the herbs in a jar of a blender and blend until smooth.

Add the herbs and blend some more. Taste. Season with salt and pepper.
Cover the bowl of the dressing and let it refrigerate for a day before using. Then, warm to room temperature first.
* I used about 1/4 cup of parsley, about half that amount of cilantro and basil. Start with those amounts, and see what you think.

verdict: This dressing is pretty fabulous. And it’s easy to play with the ingredients. The idea of using yogurt instead of cream came to mind, as did using a single herb instead of the variety listed here. It would also make a fab dip for a crudités platter!

33 thoughts on “Green Goddess

  1. Oh my, I will have to make this. It’s funny because I didn’t like the lovely dark green lettuces at first either. It was iceberg with blue cheese dressing. I’ve come a long way!

  2. Amazing! For the love of all that is holy..I swear you have been saving me! I have gained 6lbs which I really need after the stress and surgery.
    Thank YOU for feeding myself and my soul!

      • I am! Really thank you! You did. I couldn’t even think of what to cook for so long. I enjoy your style and being raised 2nd gen czech ..your recipes reflect some of my childhood and they are just dang amazing! I go home Aug 5th! The house is wonderful almost done..can’t wait!!

  3. Nice salad … and I like the idea with bacon and soft boiled egg – perfect for this time of year. Maybe will try it this week .. get visit from Lima, Peru.

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