Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Green Goddess Ranch Dressing

The greatest thing about making your own salad dressings (aside from knowing you won't end up with preservative-laden glop) is the fact that you can mix and match and tweak all your favorite elements from your favorite dressings.  Like many people, I love ranch dressing.  I also love green goddess dressing, which was also my beloved Mammo's favorite, and basil.  So, I took the components of both and mixed them together to make my new favorite dressing--green goddess ranch.

It's got the creamy taste and texture of ranch with an extra kick of garlic and the distinct brightness of summer's freshest herbs.  It's a great way to use all those herbs from your summer garden and it's ultra flexible.  Don't have/don't like tarragon?  Leave it out.  Love basil or have tons of it to use up?  Go heavy on the basil and you'll end up with a delicious pesto ranch flavor.  To take it up even one more notch, try blending the dressing and a tiny pinch extra salt with some avocado just before serving.  Either way, it's perfection.

Green Goddess Ranch Dressing
an "Apple a Day" original

3/4 c. low-fat mayonnaise
3/4 c. low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/4 c. fresh chives, coarsely chopped
1/4 c. fresh parsley
2 TBSP fresh tarragon
2 TBSP fresh basil
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
avocado, if desired

1.  Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.  Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.


Claire @ Simply Sweet Justice said...

Yum! This looks so good. I can't wait to make it!

Dawn said...

Yum! Ranch and Green Goddess are my two favorite dressings-I can't wait to try this!

That Girl said...

I love green goddess dressing. I never thought of creating a green goddess ranch.

Lexie said...

Mammo and you loved your Green Goddess dressing for sure. I remember you both eating it on salad, on baked potatoes, with french fries, and with chips. It was just one more thing Mammo loved to share with you. I know she would have loved your new recipe. XO

Jill said...

I just had this as one of the dips at a fondue party- I'm so glad you posted the recipe. Thanks!