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Last night I was watching Queer Eye for the Straight guy, season two and got inspired by one of Antoni’s dishes. Well, it was actually dressing, but he showed how simple it was without having an exact recipe and that’s what I love. I am into experimenting in the kitchen and figuring out what I like. Of course, a base recipe is a good start if you don’t cook much. But he made a green goddess dressing, one of my favorites, which honestly, I haven’t had in forever because I used to buy the dressing at the natural food store. Since learning so much about nutrition, I stopped using it because of the oil they use (I can explain in a future post). I am a simple girl, so I usually make a lemon, apple cider vinegar or a balsamic vinegar dressing; a very simple recipe: half olive oil and half vinegar/lemon and shake it up in a mason jar.
Well, today I decided to take a huge step and create a green goddess dressing. I was curious, so I looked up some recipes online, but there were so many different variations. As long as you have fresh green herbs, lemon, oil, you can make something fantastic.
So I got some garlic scapes because they are in season now and I love them. All I used were garlic scapes, cilantro, parsley, lemon, olive oil, goat milk kefir, avocado mayo, avocados and salt.
Most of the green goddess recipes I saw online did not have avocado in it, but Antoni’s did and avocado goes great in almost everything. You can use what ever herbs you’d like. If you prefer dairy/non-dairy yogurt or no yogurt or garlic instead of garlic scapes, it will still be great. Just throw all your ingredients into a blender or food processor and bam, best dressing ever! It was amazing! You gotta love cilantro though. If you don’t love cilantro, you don’t need to add that and use another herb. Can you guess what episode of Queer Eye I was watching?
Makes about 12 ounces (more if extended with oil)
1/3 bunch of fresh cilantro
1/3 bunch of fresh parsley
1/2 a lemon, squeezed (start with half for taste)
2 tbsp mayo
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup goat milk kefir/yogurt
A couple stems of garlic scapes
1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Throw all ingredients into blender or food processor until blended to a creamy consistency. If you want it thinner, add some more olive oil or yogurt. I encourage you to play around with different herbs. This goes great as a veggie dip or dressing on a salad.
Cilantro and parsley are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and is detoxifying. Mixed with some olive oil, it absorbs the nutrients, making it more available for the body. This dressing is nutrient dense and has a great balance of fats and proteins to balance out your salads and also probiotics for gut health.
I get most of my ingredients from my local coop/natural food store, but if you are feeling lazy and want some ingredients right to your door or you can’t get the product in your town, I know for a fact that Primal Kitchen avocado mayo is sold at Thrive Market. You can get 25% off your first order and it’s worth it the first time because they have a lot of great products and you definitely save money. I am not an affiliate, but I can get Thrive cash, if you use my link and try it out, just as you would if you told your friends. I am all about supporting the local economy though and I love running into my friends when I’m shopping.