Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Goddess Goes Light

Light Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess salad dressing is an old classic recipe, thick and creamy and reminiscent of the great salads you'd get at a steakhouse. Most of the time, I'd be just as happy to skip the steak in favor of a giant portion of salad with extra creamy dressing and thick buttery bread.

Light Green Goddess Dressing
The advantage of making my own goddess dressing is that I can make it less likely to require a visit to the cardiologist while still maintaining the taste. Around our house, low-fat mayonnaise and other low-fat dairy products are not considered diet food. They are our everyday staples and they make delicious recipes.

The original goddess uses tarragon but basil is frequently substituted. I use whatever fresh herbs I have in my veggie crisper. You can chop and mix by hand, of course, but having a little mini processor makes quick work of this dressing. Leave it thicker as a dip or sauce for chicken and cooked veggies or make it thinner to dress your greens. It pairs extremely well with tomatoes and avocado. And, of course, a slice of crisply cooked bacon, crumbled on top, would not be a bad thing! Add some thick crusty bread, maybe a bowl of soup and dinner is served. Enjoy!

1/2 Cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 Cup low-fat sour cream
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 - 2 Cloves garlic
1 Teaspoon anchovy paste
3 Scallions
Small handful of basil (10-15 leaves)
1 - 4 Tablespoons low-fat milk (depending on desired thickness)
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. This looks delish.. always looking for new salad dressing recipes!! I dont like bottled dressings... yuck :)

  2. I love green goddess dressing so I love that you lightened it up!

  3. I've never had green goddess dressing before, but I see it everywhere! Might have to give this lighter version a go =)

  4. Yum! This looks fantastic and I love that it is the light version :-)

  5. Ooh, thanks for that. Sounds good - and looks just beautiful

  6. Congrats on the top 9. I love the recipe. I love green goddess dressing. I'll be making this tomorrow. ;.)


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