Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
I love a good Avocado Green Goddess Dressing or dip. There can be variations, but most of them contain yogurt and avocado. Mine also has fresh herbs and gets a boost from lemon.
Impress your guests at your next dinner party with my Avocado Green Goddess Dressing. This silky-smooth dip is both delicious and nutritious.
How to Make my Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
This recipe is so easy to make! Just place all of your ingredients in the blender and blend together for about 20 seconds.
You can serve the dressing over some mixed greens, or as a dip with some cut up carrots, celery, or cucumber. You could also blanch some cauliflower or broccoli to dip in your Avocado Green Goddess Dressing as well.
Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Nutrition
This recipe is both delicious and packed full of nutrition. I use water and yogurt as the base. I like to use yogurt because it is great source of protein and it tastes great. On average, one cup of yogurt gives you about 8g of protein. In the store, look for plain yogurt that has no added sugar.
Yogurt also provides a variety of vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorus and riboflavin. In addition to these vitamins and minerals, yogurt is also a good source of probiotics that may improve gut-health.
Avocado not only makes this dressing creamy and delicious, but it also provides a number of nutritious benefits. Avocados contain fiber, folate, vitamins K, E, and C. They also contain healthy mono-unsaturated fats. Both fat and fiber help slow down digestion, allowing us to feel fuller for longer.
Add even more nutrition to your meal or snack by dipping vegetables into your Avocado Green Goddess Dressing instead of crackers. I like to dip carrots, which provide beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin C. You can make a beautiful appetizer display by providing a variety of different colored vegetables for your guests to choose from!
How to buy and store avocados
When buying avocados, you want to find one that is ripe and ready to use. If you squeeze an avocado in the palm of your hand, a ripe avocado will be firm and will yield gently from the pressure of your hand.
You can’t always tell if an avocado is ripe or not based off of color. Some avocados get dark green or black as it ripens, while others may stay light green even when completely ripe. Lightly squeezing the avocado, particularly at the top near the narrow end, is the best way to check ripeness.
But what if all the avocados in the store are rock hard? Do not worry! You can speed up the ripening process by putting the avocado in a paper bag and storing it at room temperature. This will allow your avocado to ripen within 2-5 days. If you want it even faster, put an apple or kiwi in the bag to speed up the process!
“Avocado Nutritional Information.” California Avocados, www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition/nutrients.
“How to Choose and Use an Avocado.” California Avocados , www.californiaavocado.com/avocado101/how-to-choose-and-use-an-avocado.
Green Goddess Dip
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 avocado halved, and flesh scooped out
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- 2 scallions chopped
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- ½ tsp salt
Put all ingredients in blender/food processor and process till smooth
Serve with crudite and pita bread.