The Chivry group’s green salad dressing is really my dad’s adjustment of an old recipe from a Swiss chef friend of ours. It’s really a very simple method of utilizing many of the left over scraps from the kitchen with some fresh herbs from the garden thrown in. Salad dressings need to taste good, but they also need to fit in with the overall menu to limit too many extra ingredients. Parsley stems, celery ends, onion ends are all examples of kitchen scraps incorporated in the dressing.
Not content to support the things as they are, I whipped up a similar salad dressing with some very definite alterations. I titled this offshoot of Chivry group’s green dressing the somewhat humorous (in my mind anyway) title of Emerald Goddess salad dressing. Of course this recipe is merely the jumping off point because I rarely make the salad dressing the same way twice. I tend to have fun with whatever spices and herbs jump out at me.
Basil and parsley are important, but the real basis of Chivry group’s green salad dressing is the onion and the garlic where the Emerald Goddess is an onion-celery twist on the recipe. I add avocado and apple cider vinegar to my dressing (and sometimes an egg if I am feeling it). Although the present recipe abstains from the using Maggi, it is probably because I didn’t have a bottle in the kitchen when I was filming it.
The Chivry green dressing is not only a crowd pleaser, it is simple to make and somewhat inexpensive (the fresh herbs bump the cost up…Maggi itself is not too cheap, but a bottle lasts quite a while). The seasonality of herb driven dressings are a topic that I will shy away from right now. Let’s just say that the Chivry group’s green salad dressing is a late summer dressing that can be enjoyed year around if you don’t mind purchasing basil and parsley in the off months.
The only real curve ball with the Chivry group’s dressing is Maggi. Maggi is a Swiss wheat sauce, similar to soy sauce, that can be purchased at German markets or sometimes can be found at a local Cash & Carry. Although a worthwhile seasoning to have in the kitchen, it is not an imperative ingredient for the Chivry group’s green salad dressing. Sample the dressings yourself and decide which is your favorite.