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Green Goddess-dressed salads: where are they?

silence9 Jul 18, 2006 05:06 PM

Hello... I vaguely recall sporadic mention from time to time of retro green goddess dressing making its way on to menus (and salads) around town. Possibly at the tres-retro Billingsley? Was hoping that salad lovers might chime in and recommend where the green goddess is still worshipped as a regular offering, on everything from simple iceberg wedges to exotic organic greenery. Would prefer more basic places that do not require me to necessarily invest in a $50 steak in order to get me my green goddess fix on a side salad. Just looking for bountiful and simply dressed salads with that cool and velvety dressing that is so perfect on these hot summer nights. Thank you!

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  1. jcwla RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 05:07 PM

    Campanile makes a gorgeous salad w/green goddess dressing.
    The spinning salad at Lawry's also has it if you're into kitsch.

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      silence9 RE: jcwla Jul 18, 2006 05:15 PM

      Hi, and thanks for the quick response. I do believe I will give Campanile's version a try, as it's been far too long since my first visit...

    2. monkeyrotica RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 05:10 PM

      You may be better off just ordering it yourself and bringing a bottle with you.


      I'm sure if they charge a corkage fee for bringing your own wine, they'd do something similar for bringing your own salad dressing. I've yet to encounter the stuff in sitdown restaurant, but love it nonetheless. Maybe this will start a trend?

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        silence9 RE: monkeyrotica Jul 18, 2006 05:17 PM

        Cool, I can then keep some always on hand for my prvate indulgence too. Thanks!

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        FED RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 05:45 PM

        i hesitate to point out the obvious, but green goddess is really easy to make at home and always so much better than the bottled. the hallmarks of a true green goddess are fresh tarragon (and tarragon vinegar), and salted anchovies. bottled dressings never get enough of any of them.

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          silence9 RE: FED Jul 18, 2006 05:49 PM

          Thanks, FED. Perhaps I'll query the General Topics board for some tried and true recipes and/or search its archives...

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          BHAppeal RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 09:20 PM

          For an interesting twist, try Houston's cole slaw. They make it with a green goddess type dressing and a heavy dose of parsley.

          1. tokyoastrogirl RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 09:26 PM

            Not really having grown up eating Green Goddess Salad nor knowing what it was, I had it at Edendale Grill in Silverlake (on Rowena) and must say, it struck every creamy, crunchy and cool chord in my taste buds the right way. Not sure if they serve it anymore but worth a shot!

            Tuna Toast: http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/

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              deadorinjail RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 09:32 PM

              There's a VERY old skool steakhouse on LaTierja on the way to LAX, called The Buggy Whip. Gotta be the best GG I've ever had. Pretty good steaks done well and Taylor's level cheaply among the blue-hair old lady set. A total time warp, and not just for the GG -- a truly great spot.

              1. chica RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 10:10 PM

                Dave & Busters has a green goddess shrimp salad. I love shrimp, so I didn't get it for the dressing. Still, it's good.

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                  LicketySplit RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 11:25 PM

                  Yep, you betcha, Billingsley has Green Goddess. It's one of my old-school favorites; thanks for the reminder.

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                    cvc RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 11:37 PM

                    We had it there (Billingsley's) last night and it competes although our server, wildly enough on this occasion, was touting the house made blue cheese or 1000 island. The best I've had in awhile was at Max in Sherman Oaks. It was offered on a special salad of butter lettuce, tomato, avocado, orange, and fried scallions. Wonderful.

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                      eartha RE: silence9 Jul 18, 2006 11:45 PM

                      silence9, if you choose to make the dressing, may I suggest www.cooks.com for a good recipe site? In the searchbar, type in Green Goddess salad dressing and more recipes than I could count appear. Hope you find one you like.

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                        silence9 RE: eartha Jul 19, 2006 04:35 PM

                        Hi eartha: thanks for the tip. Cook's magazines are some of my favorites. Will check out their site...

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                        Jerome RE: silence9 Jul 19, 2006 06:10 AM

                        Have to say that the green goddess dressing at the BUggy Whip is the best thing at the place - I"m not a fan of this steakhouse but the green goddess is truly sublime.
                        Also, call Chez Jay. I think they have it. If they do, get that, get the sand dabs, get nothing else except maybe a bloody mary and that's a pretty good meal. I don't likeanything else they have - but i adore their sand dabs.

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                          TomSwift RE: Jerome Jul 19, 2006 04:50 PM

                          Chez Jay's sand dabs are great. Yesterday I indulged in TWO lunches in San Francisco: Tadich Grill and Cafe Tiramisu, and had sand dabs at both. Tadich's were dusted in corn meal and sauteed (excellent) and Tiramisu's were dipped in egg wash and sauteed, stuffed with bay shrimp and artichoke hearts in a butter/caper sauce. Delicious and the thickest dabs I've seen. But Chez Jay's are better, at least to my taste.

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                          silence9 RE: silence9 Jul 19, 2006 04:37 PM

                          Thanks, everyone for the plethora of leads unto the dais of the Green Goddess. While the wife is away for the week, I just may have to check out a differnt locale each night and overdose on these cool summer salad slatherings!

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                            bocarw RE: silence9 Jul 19, 2006 05:13 PM

                            Does anyone remember the green goddess salad dressing at a place callled Tractons which was known for Prime Rib. Wow, does time fly;that was in the late 60's.

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                              TomSwift RE: bocarw Jul 19, 2006 05:41 PM

                              Ah yes, I remember it well. I used to frequent the Tracton's on La Cienega across from Fedco and indulge in scampi, the salad, stone crab claws and Tanqueray martinis. The one on Ventura in the Valley also had the salad but I didn't think that the dressing was as good although it undoubtedly was made with the same recipe. These two Tracton's closed in about '78 or '79, I think. There's a Tracton's in Del Mar but I'm not sure if there's any connection. They don't have stone crabs and I can't recall if they have GG dressing.

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                              triplecreme RE: silence9 Jul 19, 2006 06:12 PM

                              AOC sometimes has a green goddess salad with cucumber, romaine and avocado.

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                                JBC RE: silence9 Jul 20, 2006 08:31 PM

                                At Elysee Cafe & Bakery they have it:


                                1099 Galey Ave.
                                Westwood Village
                                (310) 208-6505

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                                  eartha RE: silence9 Jul 21, 2006 04:51 AM

                                  silence9, I was at TJs this afternoon and they have a bottled dressing called "Goddess Dressing". I read the ingredients; it has fresh herbs and tarragon vinegar but no anchovies. A very light green in color, more beige than green, herbs are apparent, though. $1.99, inexpensive if you want to try.

                                  And finally (I PROMISE)I found a very good-looking recipe on this site: www.melindalee.com. Go to Recipe Archive's, type in Green Goddess Salad Dressing and a yummy-sounding recipe comes up, complete with a history of how it got its name.

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