Served to Louis XIII, Green Goddess Dressing has history

  • Green Goddess dressing and dip from a recipe by Katie Workman Katie Workman

Associated Press
Published: 8/18/2017 4:37:04 PM

Green Goddess Dressing was created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, an opulent 19th century hotel noted for its celebrity chefs. In those days, celebrity chefs were not Food Network Stars, but usually white-toqued men either from, or trained in, Europe. No one was yelling “Bam!” so much back then.

Chef Philip Roemer debuted the dressing in 1923 to honor actor George Arliss, who stayed at the hotel while performing in William Archer’s hit play “The Green Goddess.” It is believed to have been inspired by a dressing that hailed from the kitchens serving Louis XIII, served then not with salads but with eel.

The original recipe is reported to have contained mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, chives, anchovies, lemon juice and vinegar, but it has been tinkered with over the years by countless chefs and home cooks, including yours truly. A modernized version recently served at the hotel includes additional ingredients like spinach and chervil and capers, and a homemade mayo with raw egg yolks. The dressing may have different versions, but it’s always creamy and vibrant with herbs, piquant with a bit of acidity, and salty-savory from anchovies.

This is my most recent version, and I will surely continue to play with this dressing forever. You can use it as a salad dressing on any kind of lettuce or vegetable salad, or as a dip with crudites.

For a vegetarian version, substitute a tablespoon of rinsed capers for the anchovies.


Makes 1¾ cups (12

Start to finish: 10 minutes

2 canned or jarred anchovies, rinsed and chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 cup parsley leaves

¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves

4 scallions, trimmed and cut into pieces

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

¾ cup mayonnaise

¾ cup sour cream

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients except the salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until fairly smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition information per serving: 151 calories; 124 calories from fat; 14 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 24 mg cholesterol; 514 mg sodium; 2 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 4 g protein.

Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, “Dinner Solved!” and “The Mom 100 Cookbook.”

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