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Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Today I’ve got two special treats for you. One is this fabulous Green Goddess dressing recipe. The other is a special treat for my New Orleans area readers and friends – the lowdown on the upcoming annual An Edible Evening event. I’ll start first with the event since it served as inspiration for the dressing recipe.

The Event – An Edible Evening:

An Edible Evening is the big annual fundraiser for Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) to support expanded programming for the schools and communities served by ESYNOLA and Firstline Schools, which includes five open admissions public charter schools in Orleans Parish. All proceeds from An Edible Evening will directly support ESYNOLA’s efforts to integrate organic gardening and seasonal cooking experiences into the curriculum, culture and cafeteria meal programs at all five FirstLine schools. Funds will be directed toward cultivating additional garden space and expanding gardening and cooking programming for the children, families and communities FirstLine serves at its five schools.

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans - Samuel Green Charter School

This year is An Edible Evening’s 5th anniversary, and the party will be a memorable one indeed. The evening will feature food from numerous local restaurants such as Atchafalaya, Bacchanal’s, Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Brigtsen’s, Café Hope’s Green Dot Café, GW Fins, High Hat, Maurepas Foods, Mimi’s, NOLA Pie Guy, Nolavore, Palace Café, Peche, Pizza Delicious, Red Fish Grill, Southern Hospitality Catering, Sukho Thai, Tableau, Three Muses, Woody’s Fish Tacos and Whole Foods Market.

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans - Samuel Green Charter School
What I think is the most adorable part of this is that the elementary school-aged students of the ESYNOLA program will prepare a special 5th Anniversary dessert in advance for party guests. How special! Also, for the wine lovers out there, you’re in for a real treat. Presq’uile Winery of Santa Maria, California will provide exclusive wine for the event. Finally, for you folks who are typically late to parties like these and feel like you miss half of it, this year, for the first time, An Edible Evening will feature a “Late Wave” party with food and drink from Company Burger and Cure.

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans - Samuel Green Charter School

Get There:

  • What:  An Edible Evening
  • When:  Thursday, March 27, 2014; 6pm to 10pm
  • Where:  Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence St., New Orleans, LA
  • General Admission: $45 in advance; $50 at the door | Buy ahead: www.esynola.org

The heartbreaker for me personally is that I will be missing the event due to our trip to Europe at the end of the month. I guess being in Europe is a little bit on a consolation. 😉 But if I were in town, I’d be there because the mission of ESYNOLA and the objectives for the event are ones that I support whole-heartedly. When ESYNOLA asked me if I’d be interested in sharing the event with you, I jumped at the chance. Anytime I can support education objectives like these in whatever way I can, I’m all for it.

The Recipe – Green Goddess Dressing:

So this brings me to today’s recipe. I not only wanted to bring you information on this awesome event, but I also wanted to provide you with a recipe. This is mainly for those who aren’t fortunate enough to live in New Orleans and have the opportunity to even think about attending. Plus I like to give you recipes, too. This is one of the main reasons you’re here, right?

Green Goddess Dressing
Today I bring you a recipe inspired by the work done at the Edible Schoolyard. While the students do grow a variety of vegetables, herbs are a mainstay of the work they do. Herbs are hearty and easy to grow so they make a great gateway into gardening for kids. What better way to showcase a variety of herbs than in a creamy Green Goddess dressing? This particular recipe contains parsley, basil, tarragon, and green onions – staples of most herb gardens. Rounding out the flavor profile are garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest. I decided to make this vegetarian and not include anchovies as some classic recipes do. I also made it healthier by omitting mayo and relying on sour cream and Greek yogurt instead.

Green Goddess dressing is a classic American dressing. While its origins are contested at times, the most widely accepted explanation for the dressing is that it originated in 1923 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco when the hotel’s chef developed the dressing pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his play, The Green Goddess. Both the dressing and the play were a huge hit at the time.

Green Goddess Dressing
The dressing lives on to this day, most notably as a product in the Seven Seas dressing line. But this version is much better, if I do say so myself. Seriously though, anytime you can make dressing yourself, DO IT. Homemade dressings end up tasting much better than bottled and are typically healthier for you since they don’t contain the added sugar and preservatives that bottled dressings normally contain. I rarely buy dressing at the store, and when I do, I scour those ingredients meticulously.

Along with the dressing recipe below, I give a recommended salad to use the dressing on. Last weekend we went to the Crescent City Farmer’s Market downtown and saw the most lovely heads of Bibb lettuce and multi-colored cherry tomatoes. I snatched those up convinced that they were the perfect match for my Green Goddess dressing. I was right! It was amazing, especially with the addition of green onions, crumbled blue cheese, and sliced avocado. Perfecto! 🙂

Green Goddess Dressing

Yield: 2 cups dressing

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

This Green Goddess dressing recipe is vegetarian - contains no mayo or anchovies. It's Greek yogurt & sour cream based and packed with fresh herbs, garlic & lemon.

Ingredients:

Green Goddess dressing:

  • 1-8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1-8 ounce container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped tarragon leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

A Quick Salad:

  • 1 head Bibb lettuce
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halve the tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Green Goddess dressing, to taste

Method:

Dressing:

  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a mixing bowl and blend with an immersion blender until thoroughly mixed. Alternately, you can use a blender to mix.
  2. Transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Salad:

  1. Prepare the Bibb lettuce by chopping, washing and drying the leaves.
  2. Divide between two plates and top each with half of the remaining ingredients.
  3. Spoon Green Goddess dressing liberally over both salads and eat.

Green Goddess background and recipe basis informed by Wikipedia.

Prep:20 min

Total:20 min

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Disclaimer:  Edible Schoolyard sent me a press release with details and asked me to provide coverage. No financial compensation was provided. All opinions are sincere and my own. Recipe was produced at my own cost.

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