An intensely fresh, zingy vegan dressing made from left over fresh herbs. Endlessly adaptable and delicious.
I am always slightly reluctant to buy packets of fresh herbs in the supermarket or bunches from the market, I grow what I can in the window box, but fresh herbs always seem a little expensive and quite often go off at the bottom of the fridge before I have used them. I cannot wait to have some outside space and room to grow my own and to be able to pick just a few stalks to use.
This green herb packed dressing is a brilliant way to use up those half packets and bunches of herbs sitting in the salad drawer before they go slimy and get put in the bin, it is endlessly adaptable – just use any green leafy herbs that you have. I used a mixture of coriander and parsley. Basil also works well, as do smaller quantities of mint, chives and dill. It was inspired by the original green goddess dressing, a creamy mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs and anchovies first made by Chef Philip Roemer in 1923 as a tribute to the play of the same name. My healthy vegan version cuts out the mayonnaise and sour cream and concentrates on the flavour of the herbs, enhanced by miso, lemon and tamari.
Once made the dressing keeps for a few days in a sealed container in the fridge, or you can whizz the herbs with a little olive oil, freeze in a silicon muffin pan, or individual silicon cupcake cases for use another day.
I whizzed my dressing in my new mini jug for my Optimum 9400 blender from Froothie. The mini jug, which looks almost comically small on the base of the blender is my new favourite kitchen item. It is actually 750ml in capacity so more than enough room for smoothies for 2. A smaller jug means less scraping, especially for thicker blends, which means less food waste. Its clever square shape keeps everything moving and even when full of herbs it pulled them all down onto the blades without any difficulty for a silky smooth blend. A smaller jug means that the machine and jug will now sit on the work top under the cupboard.
I’ve had my Optimum 9400 for 3 years now, and a different power blender for 3 years before that. They are incredible machines and if you want to live a healthier lifestyle with a better diet then I’d say they are an essential piece of kitchen equipment. The most obvious use is smoothies, but because of the speed of the blades these blenders will also heat by friction which means you can make hot soups, and silky smooth custards, sauces and curds in them. Mine is used daily for whizzing, water chopping, blending or grinding.
At £339 it is an investment piece, but has a 5 year warranty as well as a 30 day trial money back guarantee so you can try in your own home with no risk. (The small jug is £50 extra). And for a limited time you also get a free travel blender and free delivery by quoting 1520 when you order.
Recipe: Healthy & Vegan Green Goddess Dressing
- 100 g fresh herbs – washed and patted dry
- zest & juice of one lemon
- 1 tbs white miso
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp maple or rice syrup (or honey)
- 2 tbs good olive oil
- 1 dsp tamari or soy sauce
- Generous pinch salt
- Simply put all the ingredients into a blender (I use my Optimum 9400 from Froothie) and whizz until smooth.
- Store in a jar in the fridge for 3 days, stir before use.
I am a Froothie Optimum Blender ambassador, and received a blender for review.
If you like green salad dressings, then try my pesto dressing.