[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 | 10 mins go-to-wo
I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!
lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice
5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)
1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)
pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)
a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil
1 sml clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste
- Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
- Use some oil to help the mix combine.
- Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
- Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
- Adjust consistency with oil.
TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !
As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base.
If serving as a dip, surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.