Hi there, world! I haven’t posted anything in quite a bit because I’ve been in graduate school, a completely rewarding and eye-opening experience that also unfortunately ate all of my free time. I spent an intense year studying public health and more specifically, nutrition and food access. My interests in sustainability, food production, and overconsumption were piqued even more this past year, so I plan to post in the coming months about some of the fascinating topics I researched.
Now that I’m back to real life and have more time to spend in the kitchen, I decided to perfect a dip recipe that would be tasty with fresh vegetables. I’ve come across many green goddess dip recipes over the years, but wanted to make one that packed in as much greenery as possible, and swapped out much of the mayonnaise for greek yogurt. It’s easy to make a batch to divide into several small containers to take to work and one larger one to keep at home.
½ cup parsley
½ cup chives
½ cup dill
1 cup fresh spinach leaves (or ¾ cup frozen spinach)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
1 tsp. Lemon juice
1 anchovy (or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste)*
5 turns freshly ground pepper
Generous pinch of salt
Prepare the herbs by washing them all thoroughly. A colander and lightly flowing cool water usually works best, but really get in there and move the leaves around because they can be gritty and dirty. Dry the herbs on a clean kitchen towel. For the parsley and dill, pull off the leaves/fronds and discard the stems. For the chives, just trim any dingy-looky ends. Put all of the prepared herbs into a food processor fitted with a regular blade. Wash and drain the spinach and add that to the food processor. Pulse to blend into a rough chop. FInally, add the other ingredients and blend again until smooth.
Serve with fresh vegetables or chips for dipping. You can also use it as a salad dressing.
* Don’t be weirded out –try it! It won’t taste fishy at all, it simply adds a salty and umami flavor. And, anchovies are the secret ingredient in delicious foods you love like caesar dressing and puttanesca sauce too, so you might as well keep a tube of it in the fridge!