Green Goddess Dressing (aka creamy avocado dressing)

Don’t remember the last time I bought a salad dressing.  It’s all too easy to make your own from scratch and so much tastier.  This creamy, versatile and delightful dressing is packed with vitamins and goes with almost any salad.  It’s a  healthy alternative to dairy or mayonnaise-based dressings.

Image: Simply Scratch

What you need:

  1. 1 whole large ripe avocado.
  2. 1 clove garlic, peeled.
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice.
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  5. ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
  6. ¼ cup low-fat greek yogurt (optional)
  7. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  9. water, as needed

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients In a food processor or blender.
  2. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. Thin the salad dressing out with about 1/3 cup water (give or take) until it reaches a desired consistency.
  3. Keep in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

ENJOY

 

 

 

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Grilled Romaine with Ceaser or Goddess Dressing

GRILL TALK: Have you ever grilled lettuce?

grilled romaineCeasar salad has always been a favorite of mine.  I’ve done the same dressing (slightly tweaked) for years and put it on my blog a while back – see LINK at bottom.

Then I came across this one on yahoo & decided to try it.  The main difference was not only the way the romaine was served, but using two whole (not just the yolk) eggs that were first coddled & the dressing made, non traditionally in a blender.

First the hearts of romaine were cut in half along the length but the bottom was not torn from the base (do not trim).  Season the leaves with salt & pepper and drizzle with some olive oil then place cut side down on the grill until done.  This will bring your salad to the next level – believe me.  You can try this dressing or use the other one.  Both are good with this simple and delicious way of preparing the salad – especially for Summer.

Caesar Dressing:

Coddling 2 eggs:  rinse and put in boiling water for one minute.  Let sit for a few minutes and put them in the blender.  **coddling is done to reduce or minimize the risk of bacterial contamination when using raw eggs.

Add:  red wine vinegar, grainy mustard, balsamic, Dijon mustard and blend.  Add lemon, garlic, anchovy, parmesan, pinch of salt.  Put in blender & slowly add olive oil.  TIP:  I also put a bit of tabasco,  worcestershire & caper juice in this one.

For Croutons:  Take crusty bread & pour some olive oil over top.  S+P.  Spread on baking sheet in 350 degree oven until crisp.

Top grilled lettuce with dressing & croutons, sliced fresh tomato (optional), top with parmesan cheese & enjoy!  And do give me your feedback.

Traditional caesar dressing previously posted:

https://intrigueimports.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/simply-satisfying-the-best-caesar-salad/

Green Goddess Dressing – a lovely, creamy dressing

photo - Marcus Nillson
photo – Marcus Nillson

 Dressing:

  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped basil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped tarragon
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


To make dressing: In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine avocado, basil, parsley, tarragon, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and process until very smooth, scraping down sides. With the motor running, add olive oil. Add enough cold water to make dressing pourable, about 3/4 cup. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  For the salad with grilled romaine you can add chopped tomatoes, onion, avocado, etc.  You can even grill those too if you like.