You could easily call this salad “summer in a bowl”! Made with peas, avocado, spinach and herbs, it has the kind of bright flavor that really refreshes on hot summer days and a laid-back preparation to match. Tailor the stir-ins to your own tastes by using the herbs you like, or the ones you have on hand. You’ll find green goddess is amenable to most any herb—though chives, parsley and tarragon are considered classics—and don’t forget the lemon juice, garlic and creamy ingredients (mayo and sour cream) that give this dressing its bright and creamy flavor. The combination of green goddess, pasta and protein-rich ingredients—like chick peas and spinach—make this a one-dish dinner you’ll want to eat on repeat.
For food safety purposes, frozen sweet peas must be cooked before adding to pasta salad. Or substitute sugar snap peas, cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Prep ingredients ahead of time, and refrigerate so everything can be assembled quickly. Or make the salad a couple of hours ahead of time, and refrigerate until ready to serve. If necessary, stir in a few teaspoons of milk to moisten the salad before serving. You’ll also want to wait until just before serving to add your avocado.
Great northern or cannellini beans make great substitutes for chick peas. Chick peas or beans can also be replaced with chopped cooked chicken.
Feel free to increase the amount of fresh herbs, or substitute the amount called for with the herbs you prefer. Though not called for in this recipe, tarragon is considered a classic in green goddess dressing and is commonly available in the summertime and early fall.
Anchovies are another classic ingredient in green goddess dressing. They can add depth of flavor, like in a Caesar dressing. If you like anchovies and would like to include them, remember their flavor is intense, so start with less and add more, as needed.
Green Goddess Pasta Salad
You could easily call this salad “summer in a bowl”! Made with peas, avocado, spinach and herbs, it has the kind of bright flavor that really refreshes on hot summer days and a laid-back preparation to match.
Pour pasta (from Suddenly Salad box) into 3-quart saucepan 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently boil uncovered 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
In large bowl, stir together seasoning (from Suddenly Salad box), mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt to make dressing.
Add pasta, chick peas, spinach, peas, avocado, parsley, chives and basil to dressing mixture in bowl; toss to gently coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving.
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 340
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 15g24%
- Cholesterol 10mg4%
- Sodium 590mg25%
- Potassium 500mg15%
- Total Carbohydrate 44g15%
- Dietary Fiber 7g29%
- Sugars 5g
- Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.