How to Avoid Being a Zombie with Wasabi Avocado Dressing

By all reasonable accounts I should be deathly ill by now.  I’ve been working a lot.  Which means I haven’t been sleeping a lot.  

So how am I not a straight up walking corpse? How am I still using coherent words (mostly) instead of simply grunting or moaning? Why am I still among the living?  I'm trying hard not to suggest that this dressing is behind it all.  I'm trying hard not to suggest that it might possess—what some might call—mythical properties.  I'm also pretty sure I heard somewhere that wasabi had antimicrobial properties.  But I digress.  The fact is, I've been eating it daily.  Okay, sometimes twice per day.

And I’ve been waking up every morning.  Primarily: alive.  Secondarily: not hacking up things. So it could very well be the dressing.  We can't rule anything out, that's all I'm saying.

Don’t get me wrong.  This dressing will not write a 15 page paper for you.  Nor will it pry cold pizza out of your hands at 1 am when you are eating your feelings. 

It's a take on green goddess dressing, it's just been a bit electrified.  In a refreshing way. It’s lovely with cucumbers or even as a spread on a salmon sandwich.  It also goads you to eat your vegetables.  And these are all good things on suboptimal sleep.  Your body needs the extra support.  It’s also a good thing if you seem to be developing a bit of a stress gut.  Hypothetically.  

So my spin on this dressing: while it may not transform you into feeling like a goddess, it may help you feel a little less like a zombie.  

Wasabi Avocado Dressing


Juice of 1 lime
1 avocado
1-2 tbsp wasabi paste
2 scallions, roughly chopped
Handful of Italian parsley leaves (~1/2 cup)
1/2 cup greek yogurt (2%)
3-4 tbsp mayo
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2-4 anchovies, rinsed
splash of rice wine vinegar
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Makes about 1.5 cups

-I gave variable amounts because I've found salad dressings work best for me when I adjust things to taste.  I'm keeping it loose here.

-If you aren't really keen on the kick of wasabi start with 1 tbsp.


  1. Mmm. I could see this being excellent on a smoked salmon and cucumber sandwich with some sesame seeds and nori shreds - like a stirred and shaken California roll. :)

    I hope you get the chance to sleep soon! Halloween aside, it's no fun being a zombie...

  2. zombies are only fun to watch on tv.
    meanwhile, is there anything the avocado can't do? what a great use for that pale green goodness. :)

  3. I might actually get my boyfriend to eat a salad if I make this dressing ... thanks!