Sunday, July 31, 2016

Green Goddess Dressing

Growing up there was this restaurant or diner that the family would go to called Murrell's. It was open 24 hours and served everything from breakfast, burgers to plate lunches. At different stages in life it played a bigger part than others. When I was little it was were the family went for a hot meal usually beef tips and rice. They always had a three bowl server on the table with salad dressing in it. Kind of scary now! One of the dressing was green goddess. Murrell's was the only place I remember having it. It was delicious and a family favorite. In high school Murrell's became a place we would meet after school usually for their seasoned fries. By this time the green goddess dressing was kept in a squeeze bottle in the cooler and brought to the table when you ordered a salad. Thank goodness!!! By the time I was in college Murrell's was where we would end up after going out to see a band. Sometimes breakfast was ordered or maybe more fries. Lots of memories of those times come flooding back. I would go back there when I was working for plate lunches with co-workers or to meet friends on the weekend for a late breakfast or burgers. It was so sad when they closed it. But lucky for us I found the green goddess dressing recipe on the Facebook page Remember in Shreveport when... I have made it several times and remembered Murrell's fondly.

Well Friday night we had a girl's night and Mom, dear sister and I tried out sister's new Instant Pot. We made our family recipe for Beef Tips with Mushrooms and a green salad with Green Goddess Dressing. Just like back in the day at Murrell's. It was a really fun evening. I conquered my slight fear of pressure cooking and recreated family memories. The Instant Pot is amazing! It cooked the beef perfectly in like 20 minutes. The traditional recipe takes like an hour and a half. Everyone really enjoyed the meal. I see many Instant Pot post in the future. But this post is about the dressing. 

Green Goddess Dressing is both creamy and savory. It uses both mayonnaise and sour cream for the base of the dressing. The savoriness comes from fresh herbs and anchovies. Yep I said anchovies! Now don't leave yet. Trust me if you haven't had anchovies in a dressing or sauce please try it. It is not like those salty little fishes on pizza. When you cook with them they add a unrecognizable depth of savoy flavor to your dish or dressing. Think of it as salt or Parmesan or blue cheese. It can be strong or you can over do, but used in the right way it is magical. This dressing is a must try it is so different and very delicious.

Green Goddess Dressing
Makes about 3 cups


2 oz. can anchovy fillets
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 Tbsp chopped chives
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp tarragon vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of freshly ground pepper


Put all ingredients in a blender; blend until herbs are very fine and dressing is smooth and light green in color. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Best if allowed to blend for some time.

Since the dressing recipe makes 3 cups, I was able to make
 a couple of Masonables. I made a mason jar salad.

And a Masonable with celery, carrots and cucumbers 
with Green Goddess in the fruit cup.

Don't you want to take a dunk?

Linking to:
Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess: Turn It Up Tuesdays
Dizzy, Busy & Hungry: Wine'd Down Wednesday


  1. What a unique dressing! Thanks for sharing :)

    Edye | Http://

    1. Thank you! Edye, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a nice comment. I hope you have a blessed day too!

  2. If I remember correctly, there are MANY different 'flavors' of anchovies. What did you use, or what would you recommend? THANKS!

  3. Hi! Julie, I used a plain anchovy filets packed in oil. Mine came in a tiny glass jar but I have bought them in a small flat can with a pull top. I bought more ingredients this week because I want to try to make a green goddess hummus too. I think it would be amazing as a sandwich spread. Thanks for visiting again. Have a great day!


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