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Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dip

Avocado-Buttermilk Green Goddess Dip with Endive

Our version is new and improved — an update on a classic, if you like. Green goddess is usually a dressing, not a dip, and it generally has mayo. But in this rich, flavorful, and healthy recipe, avocado is central, and mayo is nowhere to be found.

Low-fat buttermilk provides the dairy, anchovies add a certain briny saltiness, and lots of fresh herbs add flavors and are what gives this goddess its green.

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Serve it with any crisp and crunchy vegetable — think asparagus or baby carrots, but know that endive allows you to scoop a whole lot more.

1 firm, ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled

1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

1 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, chives, and tarragon)

2 anchovy fillets

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

3 heads Belgian endive (1 pound), leaves separated

Storage: Dip can be refrigerated with plastic wrap pressed directly onto surface for up to 2 days.

1. Pulse avocado, buttermilk, herbs, anchovies, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a serving dish, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with endive leaves.

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