Go, Green!

Something about this time of year makes me crave Green Goddess Dressing.

The mere thought of it evokes images of Mother Nature, the vernal equinox, and Aphrodite — although she wasn’t green.

I was so enthralled with the idea of making a batch, I completely forgot to put it in the blender!  (It still tasted wonderful — although not quite as green.)

Green Goddess Dressing

(Adapted from the recipe on a bottle of Reese Tarragon Sprig Wine Vinegar)

1/2 c. mayonnaise (regular or low-fat)

1/2 c. sour cream (regular or low-fat)

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley

1-1/2 Tbsp. tarragon, chopped

3 green onion tops, minced

1 tsp. dried chervil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt (or to taste)

1 to 1-1/2 Tbsp. tarragon vinegar

1 to 2 Tbsp. water (use less for a “dip-like” consistency; more for “dressing”)

Combine ingredients in a small bowl; mix well.  Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Serve on a bed of butter lettuce (which is not as calorie-laden as the name implies!) or use as a dip with fresh vegetables.

Homemade croutons optional.  (Not!) :)

For traditional Green Goddess Dressing, whirl everything in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Enjoying all things green,

~ Kim

(Yes, Gumby, that includes you.)

31 thoughts on “Go, Green!

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  2. Oh I haven’t had Green Goddess dressing in years! My two favorite store bought dressings are Annie’s Shiitake Sesame (had some tonight in a salad and baked some flounder in a healthy dousing of it) and Marzetti’s Roasted Garlic Italian. Now I am motivated to make some Green Goddess and bring it back into my life again! Yum!

  3. With a view like that, I do not think I could ever be in a bad mood-it least not for very long. Your salad here looks so inviting, I think I would prefer it without using the blender. I can think of many tasty uses for this. Something I need to make and soon! Enjoy that back porch and the weekend!

    • Jenna, how I wish you could share a cup of Joe with me on the deck! I especially like early mornings (4:30 a.m.) with starlight eventually giving way to dawn. Coffee tastes especially good just then. Loving your “baby updates!” :)

      • Dear Kimby,

        Notwithstanding the beautiful photo of the wooden deck, the simmering water in your header pic always reminds me of the closing scenes in Quantum of Solace and Lake Como. I would prefer to be sipping champagne, looking into the view of the lake and listening to this:

        • Ahhhh, Chopinand… perhaps I’ve had too much deck-sitting this evening. :) (I replied to your comment on my Sweet & Smoky Salad instead of here!) Still “hearing” the strains of this song and enjoying it very much. Thanks for sharing that, and for your comments. Looking forward to responding in kind on your blog!

  4. I almost think that I would like that smeared somehow a on chicken sandwich or just take my chicken sandwich and before each bite, dip it in that bowl. That looks really delicious, Kim.

    • It’s also great as a dip with Mozzarella cheese stix, in case you need a dairy fix. :) I love it on roast beef sandwiches, too, as well as chicken sandwiches — tuna sandwiches — avocado slice sandwiches — (you started it!!!) :) Thanks for coming to the lake, Dawn!

  5. It’s been a long time since I’ve had green goddess dressing, it does sound good right about now! I had to google “chervil”–I’ve never heard of it! Did you make your tarragon vinegar or is it available to purchase?

    • Veronica, I got my tarragon vinegar at the grocery store (thought it might be in the salad dressing section, but it was in the vinegar section!) I’m sure you could make your own by infusing a fresh tarragon sprig into white wine vinegar for a period of time. It adds a nice “herby twang” to the dressing. :)

  6. That’s a ,lovely place you have. Gotta think of retiring to someplace nice like that … one day, soon!
    I’ve never tried green goddess dressing altho I’ve seen it pop up quite often lately. Sounds light and refreshing and I love the color! How perfect for our weather!

    • This place has been a haven since Day 1! We were blessed to find it and I’m happy to “share.” :) Sounds like you’ve got warm weather there, too. Salad weather!

    • Christy, I have a great homemade Ranch recipe, too — will have to post that sometime. I love Caesar Salad, too, and think you’ll enjoy the Green Goddess! Thanks for stopping in! :)

  7. Thanks, Shirley! We’re thankful for all the shade — it’s been in the 90’s here already, but it doesn’t feel that warm with the breeze off the lake. Glad you enjoy it!

  8. Gosh, love your porch! Love all the greens surrounding u, dear. I feel so peaceful. Stunning shots! Wish I’ve those lights to capture nice pix like yours.

    • A little savory now and then is good… especially when I’ve been contemplating (premeditating?!) your Maple Vanilla Caramel Corn since this afternoon! :)

      • Haha I suppose it is necessary (considering I ate a nice big thick slice of bread after my popcorn ordeal ;))
        I hope you enjoy them thoroughly my friend!

        Choc Chip Uru

    • So tickled to hear that, Stephanie! I also enjoy it on sandwiches, fish, fajitas (instead of plain sour cream), etc. Thanks for commenting!

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