Green Goddess Salad

We’ve got a winner on our hands with this one. The classic green goddess dressing is back from the 70’s, and beautifully updated here with an avocado, pea and quinoa salad. A great mid-weeker cuz it’s quick, easy, packed with nutritional goodness, including protein from the quinoa, and greater than the sum of it’s parts taste wise.

Vive la GGD!

Ingredients 

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25mins | serves 2 | 483 kcals | easy

 50g quinoa

100g shelled peas

50g watercress

1 avocado

dressing:

2 spring onions

2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp sour cream

1/2 lemon, juiced plus a bit more for the avocado

few sprigs of basil

small bunch of chives

 Method

Cook the quinoa according to the packet’s instructions, then drain and drizzle a little olive oil over it.

While the quinoa is cooking, blanch the peas, wash the watercress and peel and slice the avocado, squeezing a little lemon juice over the slices so they don’t discolour.

Whizz the dressing ingredients together and season. Arrange the quinoa, watercress, peas and avocado in a serving dish and librally sprinkle with the green goddess dressing.

Whoop.

 

PS: Green Goddess Dressing was actually created in 1923 by the executive chef at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco. Like The Savoy’s Omelette Arnold Bennett, GGD was dreamt up to honour a famous guest. George Arliss, a well loved actor at the time was starring in a play called The Green Goddess. Both the play and the dressing became instant hits, and the dressing remained so until the late 70’s when it seemed to fall from favour. Growing up in the 90’s you’d hear the odd mocking whisper of it as a symbol of 70’s cusine. It made a come back a couple of years ago, and there ain’t no-one mocking it no more, it’s here to stay.

 

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