Monday, October 18, 2010

Green Goddess Salad Dressing on Tomatoes

 "Cook better to look better" was the theme of the show  on "Healthy Appetite". This is one of my favorite shows on cooking channel with Ellie Krieger as the show host. Ellie is a renowned registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications.  I am delighted by the way she explains her ingredients and its nutrition. It makes me eat healthy all day. This show airs at 8:30 AM and makes it hard for me to watch with my busy morning schedule. This morning was unusually peaceful with my daughter off to preschool and my son still in bed(yes, we are a family of night owls, very rarely are we early birds) I treated myself with some TV time.  The green goddess dressing was an elation to the eye and I wanted my taste buds to feel the same. I decided to make this refreshing salad for dinner.

The smooth creamy texture of the dressing is educed  by the avocado and buttermilk. Avocado is a lush fruit with more than 25 essential nutrients. Even though it is high in fat it has a number of health benefits. Did you know it can be used as a beauty aid?. Mashed avocado when applied on dry skin moisturizes it with a healthy glow. Why not eat it and enhance the beauty from inside out?

The recipe uses tarragon as flavoring for the dressing. The flavor of tarragon is like a middle child, sandwiched between the assertive winter herb rosemary and basil, the darling of summer.  Tarragon is called the "King of Herbs" by the French, as it is the main flavoring in many of the sauces that form the foundation of classic French cuisine. It is found in the produce section of the supermarket perched with other fresh herbs.

Ingredients for the dressing:
Ripe Avocado
cored and peeled                  1/2    
 Low fat buttermilk                 3/4 cup
White wine vinegar                3 Table spoons
Fresh tarragon leaves            2 Table spoons
(Green and white parts)        1 Sprig
Salt                                        1/2 Tea spoon
Ground black pepper             1/4 Tea spoon

Ingredients for the Salad:
Tomato        5 numbers

For the Dressing:
       Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Leftover dressing can remain in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in air tight container.

For the Salad:
     Dice tomatoes into bite size pieces and put them in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the tomatoes. Toss them together and serve.

      The rich creamy texture from the dressing and the sweetness from the tomatoes is a feast in the mouth. While the little taste buds relished a few licks of the dressing at the dinner table, older taste buds enjoyed the refreshing salad.

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