Cruddy Discussion Questions
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.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.