Green Goddess Salad

This gorgeous salad combines fresh shrimp, cucumber, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes with homemade green goddess dressing. The dressing is beautifully green and creamy with avocado (loaded with good-for-you fats) and fresh herbs. Buttermilk and a dash of rice vinegar add tang.

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Green Goddess Salad

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    1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted 12 ounces peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, (21-25 per pound; see Ingredient note)
    3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk 1/2 cucumber, sliced
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, sorrel and/or chives 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
    2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar, or white-wine vinegar 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
    1 teaspoon anchovy paste, or minced anchovy fillet 1 cup rinsed and chopped canned artichoke hearts
    8 cups bite-size pieces green leaf lettuce 1/2 cup chopped celery


    Prep: 30 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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      Puree avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and anchovy in a blender until smooth.

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      Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top with shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts and celery. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.


    Ingredient note: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to be sure you’re getting the size you want, order by the count (or number) per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or Marine Stewardship Council. If you can’t find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it’s more likely to be sustainably caught.

    nutritional information

    9 g
    7 g
    Saturated Fat:
    1 g
    31 g
    28 g
    790 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    3 g
    1 starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat
    134 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    1 1/2
    855 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin A (90% daily value), Vitamin C (45% dv), Folate (40% dv), Potassium (24% dv), Magnesium (20% dv).
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