It's Ina Friday time again! This is my third month participating, and the recipe I chose this month was a big hit at our house. The recipe category this time was Appetizers/Drinks. There are lots of tasty looking Ina Garten appetizer recipes, but this one for Bibb Salad with Basil Green Goddess Dressing immediately caught my eye.
For some reason the idea of green goddess dressing has always intrigued me. I've only had it once before, on a large lunch salad at a restaurant. Unfortunately, the combination of herbs they used was extremely off putting and strange tasting, to the point that I couldn't force myself to eat it! Lucky for us, though, this recipe was pretty amazing and unlike any other dressing I've had. The basil is incredible and the flavors all just work together perfectly, especially after spending a couple of hours in the refrigerator. It reminds me a bit of a good caesar dressing, but the basil really sets it apart. It was great on salad of course (I used bagged butter lettuce), but I think it would also be good in pasta salad, potato salad, or with fish, shrimp, or chicken. I also had some as a snack with baby carrots and cucumber and it's great that way, too.
Quick Note: This recipe makes a lot, about 3 cups! I halved it (though wrote the full amount of ingredients below) and it turned out great.
Basil Green Goddess Dressing
1 C chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tsp anchovy paste
1 C sour cream
Place everything but sour cream in a blender, the bowl of a food processor, or in a bowl compatible with an immersion blender. Blend until smooth. Scrape down sides, then add sour cream, and blend until completely incorporated. Taste the dressing and add more salt if necessary. The dressing will look a bit thin, but should thicken nicely in the refrigerator.
Refrigerate dressing for a couple of hours before serving so the flavors can develop. A few other blogs that have shared this recipe say the dressing stays good in the refrigerator for 3 weeks, but I'm skeptical and think 1 week sounds more likely!
To make the salad, just arrange washed, dried, and torn bibb or butter lettuce on plates, then top with tomato wedges and dressing.