Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Greek Goddess Dressing


The Dressing

Did you ever have one of those ideas that just fought you the whole way and then turned out great? So it was with this Greek Goddess Dressing. That's no type, I wanted something like a Green Goddess Dressing that didn't miss the anchovies* and replaced the sour cream with Greek-style yogurt and creamy avocado**. I'd also been wanting to make something using the fermented goodness of sweet black garlic, which I used in this dressing. I really enjoyed the flavor with the avocado. Not exactly a Greek dressing, but, hey, yogurt!

After throwing everything I had at my trusty Osterizer, for what seemed an eternity, I finally tasted the fresh flavors I'd sought. Before that point there was a lot of "it's too thin", "it's too thick", and "it needs salt".  Here, as best as I can remember, is the result along with the salad ingredients.

Oh, what about the anchovies? I replaced them with my pal Marmite. It was the perfect non-meat salty umami solution.

Greek Goddess Dressing (this made a lot of dressing so feel free to adjust or just use it on raw or roasted vegetables)

3-ish Tablespoons Greek-style yogurt
1/2 Avocado, pit-and-skin-free
1 Big tablespoon of Marmite
3 Cloves black garlic
The Juice of one medium lemon
1-ish Tablespoon fresh fennel from the garden,
1-ish Teaspoon of fresh mint leaves, ditto,
1-ish Teaspoon fresh rosemary, uh-huh,
3-or-so Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2-ish Tablespoons green tea kombucha vinegar (or distilled white vinegar)
1-I-suppose Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon fresh pepper

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and pray to your god or goddess of choice.


* I love anchovies, but my wife doesn't eat them. :(
** My quest to put avocado into everything continues! :)


The Salad
The Salad

Stemmed and shredded kale from the garden, another favorite ingredient,
Arugula and salad greens, ditto,
Farmers' market heirloom tomato
Pear slices
Pomegranate seeds
Ground pistachio
Pickled turmeric, (try it)
Coarsely chopped white onion
Pitted Kalamata olives
Goat cheese
Passion fruit

I know that it seems like a lot going on here, and maybe I just couldn't make up my mind on a direction, but every bite was something new. It was a wrestled bear to put together, but it turned out to be a lot of fun to eat.


Victory!