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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Chopped Salad with Green Goddess(like) Dressing

Green Goddess dressing with chopped salad

A flavorful salad from our member Michele. This healthier version of a green goddess dressing won’t leave your guests feeling guilty if they go back for more!

Green Goddess Dressing

  • ½ jalapeño pepper (I left the ribs and seeds - it was spicy and delicious)
  • ⅔ cup Greek yogurt
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup packed cilantro
  • 2 scallions

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1-2 cups pea shoots
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup almonds, crushed or chopped
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks 


  1. Puree all the dressing ingredients together, adding the cilantro last and stopping when the texture feels right to you. I went for little green flecks of cilantro and scallion throughout.
  2. Toss the salad ingredients together with dressing; serve immediately.

Notes: If you don’t have agave nectar on hand, just replace with honey. Diced chicken is a nice addition if you want to make it more like a meal. For my family with nut allergies, we replaced the almonds with Calbee Snapea Crisps.

Pairing Suggestion:

Green Goddess dressing was originally created in the 1920s. But we remember the dressing as a popular 1970s table staple when Seven Seas bottled their version of this classic. Perfect choice when you need to be a little groovy for a book based in the 70s. Our favorites include Cruddy by Lynda Barry, Just Kids by Patti Smith, and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.


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