When it comes to salads, the dressing can make all the difference between a mundane meal and a culinary masterpiece. And if you're looking to elevate your salad game, we've got the perfect recipe for you – a Green Goddess Salad Dressing that boasts a Juniper Farm secret weapon, Lavender Salt & Pepper. This unique ingredient will add a delightful twist to your salad. Let's dive into the recipe and the steps to create this delectable dressing.
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small shallot
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan (substitute nutritional yeast to make this recipe vegan)
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
- 1 tsp Juniper Farm Lavender Salt & Pepper
Step 1: Prep Your Veggies and Herbs
To start, ensure that you have all your vegetables and herbs prepared. Washing and chopping them beforehand will save you time and make the salad assembly smoother.
Step 2: Create a Vibrant Veggie Medley
In a large bowl, combine your selected vegetables. You can never go wrong with classics like cabbage, cucumber, green onions, and chives. But feel free to get creative by adding other veggies like bell peppers or radishes to enhance the color and texture of your salad. The key to a great salad is variety.
Step 3: Whip Up the Dressing
This is where the magic happens. In a blender, add your peeled avocado, garlic cloves, and shallot. Then, introduce the fresh basil and spinach. These ingredients will contribute to the dressing's lovely green hue and fresh flavor profile.
Step 4: Add the Citrus Punch
Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the blender. The zesty lemon juice will provide that tangy and citrusy kick, balancing the creaminess of the avocado and cheese (or nutritional yeast for a vegan twist).
Step 5: Nutty Crunch
Next, add the toasted walnuts to the blender. These will give the dressing a delightful crunch and a nutty undertone, adding depth to the flavor.
Step 6: Cheese or Vegan Substitute
If you're not following a vegan diet, toss in the grated parmesan cheese. However, for a vegan-friendly option, replace it with nutritional yeast. Both ingredients will bring that umami note that makes Green Goddess Dressing so delicious.
Step 7: The Secret Ingredient
And now, for the star of the show - Juniper Farm Lavender Salt & Pepper. This unique blend introduces a subtle hint of lavender that pairs beautifully with the brightness of the lemon and the creaminess of the avocado. Just a teaspoon of this secret ingredient is all you need to take your dressing to a whole new level, but feel free to add more if you’d like!
Step 8: Blend to Perfection
Secure the blender's lid and start blending until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. At this point, the mixture may appear a bit thick.
Step 9: Adjust the Consistency
The beauty of homemade dressing is that you can control its thickness. If your dressing is too thick, gradually add more olive oil while blending.To thin it out or reduce the fat content slightly, you can incorporate a bit of water. Keep blending until you reach the desired consistency.
Step 10: Taste and Adjust
Now, it's time to taste your creation. This is the perfect opportunity to fine-tune the flavors. If it needs more acidity, add a splash of lemon juice or rice vinegar. A pinch of Juniper Farm Lavender Salt & Pepper can also enhance the lavender notes. Experiment until the balance is just right.
Step 11: Serve and Savor
Your Green Goddess Salad Dressing is now ready to shine. Drizzle it generously over your fresh vegetable medley. The vibrant colors and enticing aromas will already be inviting, but this dressing will elevate the entire dish.
Step 12: Enjoy the Culinary Adventure
Invite your loved ones, friends, or family, and embark on a culinary adventure together. The Green Goddess Salad Dressing with Juniper Farm Lavender Salt & Pepper will undoubtedly delight your taste buds with its unique blend of flavors and the subtle, aromatic touch of lavender. This is more than just a salad; it's a culinary masterpiece.
By incorporating this dressing into your salad, you're not only tantalizing your taste buds but also creating a visually stunning and nutritious meal. The Green Goddess Salad Dressing with Juniper Farm Lavender Salt & Pepper is a game-changer, making your salads a source of pure delight. So, take that first delicious bite and savor the harmonious blend of flavors and aromas. Enjoy your homemade masterpiece!