Friday, May 30, 2008

Green (Purple) Goddess Dressing

Sweet Peas and Chive Flowers
Sweetpeas on the left, chive flowers on the right

Wednesday morning I made it to the Union Square Greenmarket for the first time in ages. Though yesterday I pined for my California market, I will admit late May's bounty here in New York ain't bad. I stuffed my bag full of strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, spring onions, radishes, baby romaine, and the chive flowers pictured above.

Baby Romaine, Radish and Green Goddess Salad

The radishes and baby romaine cried out for a creamy dressing, so I cracked open my trusty Joy of Cooking and found a Green Goddess dressing recipe that easily adapted to my ingredients at hand. I used the purple chive flowers instead of chives, and as the dressing sat on my salad, it's color shifted to a subtle lavender. The flowers have the same taste as their younger, greener stems you normally see in the store. The added benefit is the lovely bouquet gracing your table until you cut up and use all the flowers.

This delish dressing is my entry for Kalyn's fab Weekend Herb Blogging event, hosted by Wandering Chopsticks this week.

Green (Purple) Goddess Dressing
This makes more than enough for one large individual salad

scant 1/4 c. creme fraiche (for a low-fat version, sub fat-free plain yogurt)
splash of lemon juice
splash of champagne vinegar
approx. 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
approx. 1 tbsp. chopped chive flowers
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together. Voila--you have salad dressing.


Kalyn said...

Sounds fabulous. I have chives in my garden, so I'm thinking eventually I will have chive blossoms!

Erinn said...

Hi Erin,
This looks so pretty. I stayed just off Union Square a couple of months ago and sadly missed your famous farmers market! I was so bummed, bit will live vicariously through you. Can't wait to try the dressing, I'm a dip/sauce/dressing kinda gal.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Thanks for the submission! The chive flowers and sweetpeas look soooo pretty!

Erin S. said...

Kalyn--Thanks--it was great. Believe it or not, this was my first creamy dressing I've ever made.

Erinn--No worries about missing it--I've lived here nearly a year and have only visited twice :)

Wandering Chopsticks--Thanks! THey were until my cats ate a bunch of the sweet peas :)

Meg Blocker said...

Yum, chive flowers! So pretty and so tasty.

Summer at the farmers' market is just an embarrassment of riches.

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Sven said...

Good Job! :)

Tony said...

Good Job! :)