Green Goddess Dressing

This is a great dip for vegetables or a good salad dressing.  You could also consider using on grilled chicken, ideally legs and thighs. 

I use a little fenugreek in my goddess dressing.  Fenugreek is a really underappreciated spice.  It has a faint curry and maple smell to it.  It is a component in most curry powders and also is used to flavor affordable pancake syrups and give them their maple taste.  It is great in small quantities, but if you use too much it will be cloyingly bitter.  Bitter is not a bad thing if that is the taste you are looking for, but when using fenugreek you are not looking for it and the bitter taste distracts from the nuanced fragrance that smaller amounts lend to food.

If you don't have fenugreek, don't worry about it.  It is great in the recipe, but it is not such a major component that ditching will ruin the dressing.  Feel free to substitute a two tablespoons of chopped onion for the shallot.  I would not use dry herbs in place of any of the fresh.  Dried dill and mint are entirely lacking in flavor(as are dried cilantro and basil) and dried parsley and chives aren't worth the time.  If you are allergic to eggs or a hater of mayonnaise you can use an additional quarter cup of sour cream or yogurt in place of it.  If you are someone who is not lucky enough to be lactose tolerant use mayonnaise in place of the dairy.  If you are vegan, I guess use vegannaise for both, or cashew yogurt.

  • 1/4 cup whole fresh parsley, packed tightly
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, packed
  • 1/4 cup chives, packed
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, packed
  • 1 medium shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek, ground
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonaisse
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt

Combine the herbs, shallot, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until they become a paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until incorporated.  Alternately, you can chop everything really small and whisk it together.