I want to be a Goddess.
Or even better, a glowing Goddess.
However, I don’t always feel like a Goddess in my day to day life.
Being a baker & food blogger covered in syrup, flour, and who knows what else on a daily basis isn’t exactly Goddess material. Neither is my worn apron with oats stuck to it, my lunch lady hair net, or my flustered red face when baking Glo Bars in the summer heat. And if you think I actually bake in heels, I’m sorry, I really am.
It’s frump town over here most days.
Though when I do get dressed up for a special event, it’s extra special. This weekend I’ll be dressed to the nine’s for my brother-in-law’s wedding, complete with sparkly jewelry, an evening clutch, heels, and a cocktail dress. And if I’m lucky, a cocktail in my hand.
Berry lipgloss…much to Eric’s chagrin.
Shimmery eye shadow, black eye liner, and mascara.
I guess I better find that cocktail dress…
Sometimes, though, feeling like a Goddess comes from within. [OK, I might sound like a certain women’s shaving commercial at this point, but go with it.] Sometimes a workout makes me feel like a Goddess. I rocked out a 60 minute spin class this morning and I left dripping in sweat and beet red in the face. Total Goddess.
And often, FOOD makes me feel like a Goddess! That’s the best. Eating a vegan diet makes me feel like a Goddess. No matter what things in my life are going on that make me feel the opposite of a Goddess, sometimes all I need is one rockin’ recipe to give me a kick to my step.
This is that recipe.
Have you heard of the famous Green Goddess Dressing which is thought to hail from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco? It’s a pretty big deal. I finally decided that I would make a vegan version, cuz you know, the original has 3 cups of MAYO in it.
I don’t know who equated mayonnaise and feeling like a Goddess, but it must have been a man.
Ladies, this one is for you.
Vegan Green Goddess Dressing
It’s light, yet smooth and creamy, and it has a great kick to it thanks to the lemon and apple cider. The fresh herbs give it a fresh and cleansing feel. Enjoy it over salads, vegetables, grains, pasta, as a dip for crackers, etc. Have fun changing up the fresh herbs in this recipe too. Next time I’m going to try fresh dill. Mmm. Goddess.
Inspired by Green Cuisine Cookbook found here.
Yield: 1.25 cups
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup packed avocado flesh (2 small) (I heard Tahini might work in place of avocado, so Im trying this next!)
- 7-8 tbsp water
- 5 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
- 3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup packed green onion (dark green part only, not white)
- 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
- Pinch of cayenne (optional)
- Sweetener, to taste (I used 1/2 tsp agave)
1. Add garlic clove to food processor and process until finely chopped.
2. Add in the water, oil, avocado, herbs & onion. Process until smooth. Now add in the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar slowly stopping to taste it every little bit. You might want to use less than I did as mine was quite tangy. Finally add in the salt to taste. I used 1 tsp.
3. LICK THE BOWL!
4. Store in an air tight container or jar in the fridge. Keeps for about 5 days.
Note: This dressing has a tangy kick to it from the ACV and lemon juice. If you aren’t a fan of a strong tangy flavour, I would suggest decreasing the amounts I used.
The avocado replaced the mayo in this recipe VERY well. Love avocado as a mayo replacer! This dressing would also be amazing poured over my Protein Powder Goddess Bowl. I will be trying that tonight!
I also won’t tell you how much I ate yesterday. That would be embarrassing…
Let’s just say I felt like a Goddess for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
P.S.- I had so much fun chatting with you on facebook yesterday! I’m pretty sure my productivity went down about 5 hours, but who’s counting? It’s so fun to get to know you guys on a more interactive level and see your lovely faces.
If you’re looking for me you can find me on Facebook asking random questions, gushing about food, posting pics, and rambling on about body image epiphanies.
love love love that you’re giving me some great ways to use up the basil and parsley from my community garden harvest yesterday! I came straight home and made yesterday’s oil free basil pesto!
I totally know what you mean about feeling like a goddess after a hard workout. A war goddess, like Athena or Sekhmet!
But I looove that recipe! Will try post-haste. I love green goddess dressing but don’t like all the vegetable oil in it.
Eatting healthy fresh wholesome foods makes me feel like a goddess too, AND I love to leave the gym dripping and red faced! It is SO wonderful!!
This dressing sounds amazing! And the non-vegan mayo version is not even that green :P.
It is absolutely beautiful. Just looking at the pictures of the dressing makes me feel like a Goddess (hehe)!
This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!
i never comment but thought i would today because i want to say you are such a beautiful goddess! all women are!!
i’m also going to a wedding tomorrow and i cannot wait to be all sparkled up! :) i have this gorgeous cocktail dress, bling bling shoes, glimmery clutch and swarovski crystal earrings (my bf gave me last yr) and cannot wait to get all goddessed up!! :)) have fun this weekend girl!
Thank you! Your wedding attire sounds awesome…have fun!
thank you thank you for using avocado in here and not just doing the swap to veganaise thing. i dislike that stuff. i will be trying this one soon for sure.
I recently bought a bottle of Amy’s version of this for the first time a few weeks ago and upon the first taste, I knew I had to make it! Your vegan version sounds so much more goddess like than the ingredient list on the bottle… but I am determined to make a non-vegan version too ;)
My favorite thing to use it on right now is my ‘goddess bowl’ ;) … pinto beans, spinach sauteed in garlic & olive oil, quinoa, green onion & the green goddess dressing all topped with sriracha. SOOOO good.
What food processor do you use?
My lil’ Cuisinart just conked out after making banana soft serve!
Sorry to hear that! RIP food processor, RIP.
I use a Kitchen Aid. Its a 14 cup for the bakery’s needs, but one that large isnt necessary for personal use. Ive had it for a year and a half now and I dont have any issues with it really.
Oh em gee, I need to make this! Goddess status, here I come! ;)
Yum!! Sounds delicious!
I also don’t cook in heels and love hearing that you’re absolutely normal. I cook in my bandana, apron and no shoes most of the time (I don’t like shoes. I love them, but I don’t like them). Since I’m constantly moving and shaking, I don’t wear makeup because it’d just end up running down my face. I like to think of my cooking as a sort-of workout… interrupted by mini photo-shoots every step of the way. :) Sounds like you’re the same! Except, of course, you make awesome salad dressing and I don’t!
man is it ever a workout! Sweating from the heat and running back and forth, taking pics, washing dishes etc!
Fantstic! I was bookmarking a ton of goddess dressings and your vegan version is by far my fav right now! def making this one first! =) Thanks girl!
I’ve heard of the dressing before, but never actually had it. It looks delicious! And mayo has a weird taste to it, who would want ot eat it anyway?
“I don’t know who equated mayonnaise and feeling like a Goddess, but it must have been a man”. That made me laugh out loud :D this sounds really good!! I don’t like recipes with much mayo either b/c it has that heavy, way too creamy, stick to your tongue feeling to it. A little is okay, but not much!
Eric used to be obsessed with mayo…thats where that joke came from! hehe. Oddly now he HATES it!
Mmmm…this looks awesome. I love the idea of adding avocado to make it creamy!
Looks VERY good! Thank you! :-)
This dressing looks great–a lightened up version of one of my favorites. I think the traditional version uses tarragon, which is so delicious–you should try that herb next time you make it! Or I’ll use it in this recipe and report back :) I’m excited to make the pesto you posted earlier this week too!
yes I would love to make a Terragon version!
What a perfect summer salad dressing! I love anything with avocado’s :)
This recipe looks amazing, and I’m adding it to the stockpile of your recipes I’ve been bookmarking lately. Starting this weekend, I’m going vegan and unprocessed — I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years (I really don’t eat much dairy anyway, other than cheese sometimes…milk is gross), and tomorrow my fiancé and I move in together. I figured, hey, I’m making one huge life change (living with the fiancé), now is a great time to add another life change and take my vegetarian lifestyle a couple steps further by finally going vegan. Your blog and recipes, and heck, YOU, are an inspiration to me and I so look forward to trying out more of your delicious recipes — in our brand new apartment kitchen. :)
Wow, goodluck to you! Although it sounds like you won’t need any!! :)
Thank you thank you! :)
you already are a goddess… that glows! great dressing.
Glad to be back…:)
What a great recipe! I am ready to venture into mixing my own dressing, especially for ones entitled Greek Goddess! :)
I just saw your recipe for oil-free pesto which I am also SUPER excited to try!!
This sounds so yummy! Awesome idea and recipe.
This looks so delicious, I have been looking for a new dressing to perk up my salads! thanks :)
I can’t wait to try this dressing!
Whoa. Just reading this recipe is inducing a state of Goddess-ness!
That. looks. GOOD!! I am totally drooling at the thought (and sight) of it!
YAY a new way to make avacado, I love it!
Yum avocado is such a good mayo replacer! So much tastier too.
Didn’t you know? Everything green makes me feel like a goddess. Mwah. Can’t wait to drink this stuff with a straw! I mean drizzled on my salad?
Definitely going to make this over the weekend! Enjoy yours!
This sounds wonderful! Wonder if hemp seeds and tahini could work in place of the avocado, hmmmm….
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The only green goddess dressing I’ve tried is the one made by Annie’s (I think?), and I wasn’t a huge fan. Not sure what it was about it that didn’t work for me, but it was only meh. I like that you’ve done an avocado base, because let’s be honest, avocados make everything better! Might need to give this one a whirl (bad pun).
3 cups of mayo?!? Haha, i love your sense of humor about men! Thanks for this recipe. Love me some avocado :)
Avocado? Yes please!
Haha I definitely wouldn’t feel like a goddess after eating a dressing made with 3 cups of mayo either. Your version sounds much more appealing! I can’t wait to give it a try.
This looks incredible. It’s getting bookmarked immediately!
I can’t wait to try this! I had to laugh at this post because it is totally Frump town at my house too…so you are not alone :) In fact, I like it that way. Have a great weekend!
Just when I thought your tahini avocado dressing was THE BEST, you come along with a new fab recipe. This may just give your avocado tahini dressing a run for its salad money! The competition is on! Ohsheglows wins every time of course :) MERCI BEAUCOUP can’t wait to try! Bisous, Goddess in Paris
this sounds wonderful – what would you use it with other than the protein bowl? I am really just learning what goes with what and am looking for good potato/pasta salad dressings that are different and healthy – would this work?
You are a kitchen inspiration!
hahaha I laughed so hard during this post!! You are anything but frump town angela!!!! Please show us your wedding outfit when you can =)
aaaah I already liked you on facebook (of course!)
But how can I make my picture appear on the side of my comment? help!
Looks terrific and I can’t wait to try it!
I can’t wait to try this! Bet it would be delicious on sandwiches with grilled summer veggies, yum!!!
I tried it tonight with arugula, strawberries, sprouts and sunflower seed salad. My sister loved it but I was a little “meh”. I think I need to increase the agave. Would love more suggestions about what to have it with.
I just came across your blog and it’s great! I already tried a few recipes and they are yummy. I’ve tried the VOO and this green goddess dressing. My five year old daughter just loved it and wanted a salad “right now”. I’m thinking about using limes and cilantro (instead of the lemon and basil) and have a Mexi-Cali Salad with grilled corn, jicama, black beans, etc.
aww so glad your daughter enjoyed it! Great ideas about the modifications too :)
Limes and cilantro is a great idea! This would be so delicious in a Mexican-style wrap or as a dip for hot spicy tortilla chips too.
Oooh. Another thought – great dip for grilled artichokes? I’ll find out tonight!
I tried this tonight and it’s delicious! I didn’t have any basil so I added a tablespoon of pesto instead. I used honey as a sweetener (but only a tiny bit). My fiance went crazy for this as a dip. Thanks!!