Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Avocado goddess dressing

Jazz up your next meal salad or roast chicken dinner with this 5-minute, herb-filled, healthy avocado goddess dressing.

easy 5 minute avocado goddess dressing

Sometimes it's the little things that can make or break your meal.

Am I right? Can I get an amen?

Like salad dressing. I've been in a simple balsamic vinaigrette rut lately. Not that the vinaigrette isn't good, it's just that I feel I should be whipping up batches of shallot dressing or sushi-restaurant-inspired ginger dressing or even classic buttermilk ranch dressing ... but I just haven't. And it's bumming out my salads.

Until recently.

And it's because of herbs. My "garden" this year, post-relocation, consists of a couple of planters of vegetables on our back patio. Given the end-of-days, seemingly non-stop rain storms we've had nearly all summer long, coupled with the 30,000 crafty, tomato-stealing squirrels and deer, my supply of homegrown veggies so far has been two half-sized cucumbers and four measly Sun Gold cherry tomatoes.

It's a pathetic situation. Thankfully, I've got plenty of farmers' markets around to make up the difference.

But my little in-ground herb garden, on the other hand, has been doing quite well. (Apparently the wildlife prefer their meals to be heartier.) So I've been trying to come up with herb-filled recipe ideas that aren't simply pesto, although a good (or unique) pesto is nothing to scoff at, that's for sure. Trust me, my freezer will be full of it come September!

Enter this avocado goddess salad dressing. Chockful of fresh herbs, this healthier riff on traditional green goddess dressing gets its rich creaminess from avocado and yogurt. And it's the most delightfully cheery green color you could ever hope to add to a salad.

5 minute avocado goddess dressing

But it also does excellent double-duty as a dip for roasted chicken and potato wedges or as a better-for-you topping for baked potatoes.

Plus, it's ready in a flash, once you whirl all the ingredients together in a food processor.

So my herbs have saved me from having a garden-less summer. And this avocado goddess dressing has saved me from my vinaigrette rut.

How is your garden doing this summer? Are you suffering from epic rainfalls or lack thereof? Leave a comment: The Ninj wants to know.

easy 5 minute avocado goddess dressing recipe

Avocado Goddess Dressing

(Adapted from Bon Appetit)

1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1/4 of an avocado, diced
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add water, a small amount at a time, to thin the dressing to your desired consistency, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
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