Basil Green Goddess Dressing has the “it” factor! It has the “wow” factor! It has the “Goddess” factor! I actually thought about naming it Aphrodite Dressing, after Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty (and some other fun stuff).
You might be wondering why this dressing was given the title “Goddess” – a name that perched it atop the salad dressing pedestal. Well I was curious, too, and did a little research. In a teeny tiny, itty-bitty nutshell, this is the story of Green Goddess Dressing’s birth.
In 1923, the executive chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco wanted to pay tribute to actor, George Arliss, and the hit play, in which he was performing, by William Archer, The Green Goddess. The chef decided that creating a dressing was the perfect way to honor the actor. Last, but not least, the dressing also became a huge hit.
Well, there you have it; Green Goddess Dressing was never named after any true Goddess. At first, the truth stung. I was disappointed because, by golly, my Goddess-Worthy Basil Green Goddess Dressing is so pretty and delicious, it exemplifies the name “Goddess” and is a dressing that is adored: not only in beauty but, also, in flavor.
For a goddess-worthy salad, serve Basil Green Goddess Dressing with Pecans Blueberries Pears & Greens Salad.
Basil Green Goddess Dressing
- 1- cup fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup flat-leaf parsley
- 1- cup yogurt or Greek yogurt
- 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey- per taste
- 2 tablespoons green onion scallions, 3-4 green onions, white & green parts
- Juice of 1 lemon – freshly squeezed
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
- ¾ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor fit with the steel blade. Pulse ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- With food processor on, drizzle in olive oil and process until oil is incorporated.
- Place dressing in an airtight container and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. *See notes.
*Green Goddess Dressing tastes the very best after the flavors have a little time together, but it is still delicious if served immediately.