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Jan 1, 2007 06:23 PM

Whatever happened to Green Goddess Dressing? [moved from General Topics]

I'm searching my cookbooks for something to inspire me for dinner tonight and stumbled across a recipe for Green Goddess Dressing. I've lived in Northern CA for most of my life and back in the 70s Green Goddess dressing was so popular.

What happened to it? I use to love that stuff!!!

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  1. I don't have a recipe, but Annie's Naturals makes a Green Goddess dressing. I tried it once and found it bland and uninteresting. I,too, remember liking Green Goddess back in the 70s. Maybe I just liked the name...?

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    1. re: Glencora

      Annie's is nothing like the original Green Goddess.

      Here's my recent post on the Green Goddess served at lunch time at a restaurant in Santa Rosa, California in Sonoma County's wine country. Includes a link to the recipe from Chez Panisse.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Yay for BOTH of us! You can get it thru Vermont Country Store on-line. It is THE dressing you are talking about!!!


        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Wow, that recipe is nothing like Annie's. Now, I know why it seemed so boring. I'll have to try making my own. Thanks.

      2. It just went out of fashion. People got into Balsamics and others and it fell by the wayside. I do have a good recipe I can paraphrase if you are interested. I served it up as a sauce for poached salmon at a party once and people really liked it. All were askign what it was and for a recipe. They were really surprised when I said it was a homemade Green Goddess.

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        1. re: Candy

          I think that Caesar and Ranch have taken over the creamy dressing market share. We should start a movement to revive Green Goddess, invented in San Francisco.

          1. re: Candy

            Yes please! i found one too while I was waiting to hear from you all. I love that stuff!

          2. Penzey's Spices makes a Green Goddess base you can mix with water, mayo and vinegar to the consistency of your choice:


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            1. re: MsDiPesto

              It's actually my FAVORITE of their dressings! So we make it all the time! :)


              1. re: MsDiPesto

                I bought this, and it tastes more like dill than I remember GG dressing to taste in the 70s.

              2. Here's a recipe I have:

                Green Goddess Buttermilk Dressing

                1/3 c. buttermilk
                1/4 c. sliced green onions
                1/4 c. chopped parsley
                1/4 c. chopped watercress
                2 t. lemon juice
                1/2 t. dry tarragon
                1/2 t. anchovy paste
                1/2 c. regular or reduced fat mayonnaise
                salt and pepper

                In a blender or f/p, combine buttermilk, onions, parsley, watercress, tarragon, lemon juice and anchovy paste. Whirl until herbs are finely chopped. Add mayo, whirl just until blended. Season with s&p. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days. Makes about 1 cup.

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                1. re: personalcheffie

                  The buttermilk and mayo would make it seem like a Green Goddess flavored Ranch dressing

                  1. re: personalcheffie

                    I've had versions that have watercress whirled in and I really like the peppery green snap it lends. Agree that fresh tarragon is a must, and that GG should not have avocado in it.

                    1. re: personalcheffie

                      I was visualizing all the ingredients being whirled together and then realized what was missing.....peas.....yes I'm adding peas.....and visualizing whirled peas..........

                    2. Honestly...this is what you are looking for: