Green Goddess Dressing (or Ramp Tramp Dressing)

May 2, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Serve with a crisp green salad like romaine or iceberg, or as a sauce for seafood. Foraging for the ramps was an adventure. We tramped over the river and through the woods to fetch them—hence the name of this recipe. mrslarkin

Food52 Review: I was really pleased to test this recipe because I love Green Goddess Dressing, and I love ramps. The idea to combine the two was, I thought, brilliant. I wasn't disappointed. My dressing turned out a bit lighter than the one in the original photo, but the dressing is SO delicious I have literally been eating it with a spoon. And, now it's about to sauce some razor clams for dinner... ChefJune

Makes: about 2 cups
Prep time: 15 min


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 large spring onion, bulb only
  • Or use ramps in place of chives, scallions, and onion (see Step 2)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves, or more to taste
  • 6 anchovy fillets, or to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill.
  2. Alternatively, substitute about 3/4 cup combined fresh young ramp bulbs and tender leaves for the chives, scallions, and onion.

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Reviews (24) Questions (1)

24 Reviews

ChefJune July 5, 2013
making it without the ramps this weekend. Seems a great sauce for veggies, and it's way too hot to cook.
Author Comment
mrslarkin July 5, 2013
yummmm....can i come over? Seriously, this heat is really putting a damper on my Pizza Fridays. Meanwhile, I promised the kids I'd make them pancakes tonight. So much for not heating up the kitchen.
ChefJune May 13, 2012
Made it again yesterday and served it as a sauce today with freshly caught sautéed brook trout. (See photo on my Feastivals facebook page). It's amazing with broiled or fried fish.
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mrslarkin May 14, 2012
ChefJune, I'm thrilled that you like this recipe!
ChefJune April 18, 2012
Glad to see this pop up again. Reminds me it's time to make up a batch! I am lousy with ramps right now.
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mrslarkin April 19, 2012
Thanks, ChefJune. I haven't had a chance to go foraging yet - hope to sneak out this week.
ChefJune May 22, 2011
Well now, this is SO good! going to use it as dipping sauce for some razor clams tonight. Loving it. ;)
Author Comment
mrslarkin May 22, 2011
That's so great, ChefJune! Glad you are enjoying the dressing! Thanks so much for letting me know.
Sagegreen May 19, 2011
Oh yum! What a lovely boost this gives.
Sagegreen May 20, 2011
I made this last night as my introduction to ramps. If you have never had them, what an easy, great start! This dressing is the bomb! It is wonderfully spirited to enliven just plain fresh spinach. We had this last night that way. But we also dipped steamed asparagus into the dressing. Yum. After discovering how great ramps are, why did I wait so long? I even jumped into cooking some for a warm salad. Ramps are full of a divine zest! Thank you mrslarkin!
Panfusine May 20, 2011
yep.. the ramp tramp series got me introduced to ramps as well.. Love @ first bite!, I can totally empathize with the 'why did I wait so long 'sentiment!
Mrs Larkin.. you've uncovered something really big here! Thanks!
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mrslarkin May 20, 2011
Thanks, guys! Glad you've taken the plunge. Can you believe I haven't gone tramping this year yet?? It may be too late, sadly.
edamame2003 May 7, 2011
love the name--oh, i wish i could find some ramps! mouth watering...
Author Comment
mrslarkin May 9, 2011
Thanks edamame2003!
Panfusine May 7, 2011
love the nomenclature 'ramp tramp', very eye catching, even before you read the yummy recipe
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mrslarkin May 7, 2011
:) Thank you Panfusine!
singing_baker May 6, 2011
This looks great I love finding recipes that include ramps!
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mrslarkin May 6, 2011
Thanks sb!
Lizthechef May 6, 2011
You really need to do a cookbook, Liz. C'mon!
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mrslarkin May 6, 2011
lorigoldsby May 6, 2011 your title, bit of saucy double entendre!
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mrslarkin May 6, 2011
haha! Thanks. I had fun thinking up a name for my ramp recipes last year!
dymnyno May 3, 2010
I won't be foraging in my neck of the woods! But, the recipe sounds really delicious and the name is fantastic!
Author Comment
mrslarkin May 3, 2010
Hee hee. Thanks, dymnyno!