green goddess dressing
How cool was the Jamie at Home series? I loved everything about it – the styling, the kitchen garden and the foodie step by step cartoons at the end. Not to mention the kitschy styling – most of the time I was looking at the kitchen around Jamie, instead of him cooking.
I have to admit 30 Minute Meals got me in the same way. I’m not actually a big fan of Jamie Oliver’s cooking, but watch his shows for vicarious gluttony. (Incidentally, my idea of the perfect weekend usually involves watching food shows…)
Except for this one salad. I was immediately entranced by its name and its pale jade colour. Apart from being pretty, it’s a handy way to use up bundles of burgeoning basil from the herb garden. Squeaky, fat basil leaves, as well as spring onions, get a mezzaluna-like rough chop before being crowded into a blender and crowned with voluptuous sour cream. Flick the switch and in about 20 seconds, you get a peppery, silky dressing that smells like an Italian summer.
Funnily enough, after all this talk about Jamie Oliver I ended up using an Ina Garten recipe.
Green goddess dressing on a salad of baby cos hearts, purple witlof, carrot and white onion. Oh and don’t forget the potatoes – with mayo they are a match made in heaven.
Green Goddess Dressing
Inspired by Barefoot Contessa at Home, Ina Garten
This makes enough dressing for four side salads. Either use homemade or good store bought mayo, because the quality will show in this dressing. I highly recommend steaming a few chunks of potato and throwing them in the greens because potato and mayo are just meant to be together.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3 spring onions, roughly chopped
a fistful of fresh green basil
juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove, chopped (if you like more heat, add another clove)
1 anchovy fillet
1 tsp salt
salad – cos lettuce, witlof, carrot, potato, white onion, whatever you like!
Put all the ingredients in a blender jug, including a good grind of pepper.
Whizz for 10 seconds on high speed. The dressing will be a gorgeous pale jade and have little flecks of basil through it.
(If not serving immediately, stick in in the fridge.)
Pour onto your favourite salad mix and serve.
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