Healthy Green Goddess Dressing Recipe for a Refreshing Salad

Greetings fellow foodies,

Let me introduce you to a gem of a recipe that’s sure to make your taste buds dance with delight: Green Goddess Dressing. This vegetarian dressing is crafted from an eclectic mix of fresh ingredients, bringing a depth of flavor to any dish it is paired with. Whether you’re a devout vegan or simply looking to add some green goodness to your diet, this dressing is sure to amaze.

But before we jump into the recipe, let’s take a moment to appreciate the history and versatility of this beloved green goddess dressing. The origins of this iconic salad dressing can be traced back to the 1920s in San Francisco when the Palace Hotel’s executive chef created the first green goddess sauce for his guests. Fast forward nearly 100 years later, and it has become a staple in kitchens and restaurants around the world.

This particular recipe that I’ll be sharing with you today has been adapted to suit the needs of our vegan and vegetarian friends without sacrificing its zesty flavors. It requires only a handful of wholesome ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your kitchen.

So whether you’re looking for an easy dressing for your salad or a flavorful dip for your veggies, this green goddess dressing will surely add vibrant colors and flavors to your dish. Get ready to be wowed by the zesty blend of herbs and spices in this vegan-friendly recipe. Happy cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Green Goddess Dressing (Vegetarian)
Green Goddess Dressing (Vegetarian)

Are you looking for a versatile and delicious dressing that can elevate any salad, sandwich or wrap? Look no further than this vegan Green Goddess Dressing recipe!

First and foremost, this dressing is packed with bold flavors that will delight your taste buds. With ingredients like garlic, lemon juice, chives, parsley and mayo, this recipe creates a tangy and herbaceous profile that complements almost any dish. It’s perfect for those who love big flavor but without the heaviness of dairy or animal products.

In addition to the beautiful taste of this recipe, it also has some incredible health benefits. Raw cashews replace sour cream in this recipe to create a creamy texture without the added saturated fat. And with the addition of heart-healthy ingredients like olive oil and fresh herbs like basil and parsley, this dressing is not only flavorful but it’s healthy too!

Whether you’re sharing a bowl of green salad on TikTok or impressing guests with a thoughtful chopped salad, choosing the right dressing can make all the difference. The ease and versatility of this Green Goddess Dressing means you don’t have to spend endless hours in the kitchen trying to create a perfect dressing – it’s already been done for you!

So why not try this game-changer today? Who knows- maybe you’ll discover your new ‘go-to’ salad dressing or even find yourself adding it to other recipes as well!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to add some green magic to your salads with this Green Goddess Dressing recipe!
Get ready to add some green magic to your salads with this Green Goddess Dressing recipe!

Here is a list of everything you will need to make this delicious Green Goddess Dressing. Don’t worry, the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store.

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • Salt to taste

For the Creamy Vegan Version:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup mixed soft herbs (such as parsley, cilantro and dill), tightly packed

For the Dressing Tahini:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise or sour cream
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tahini

Enjoy making this tasty and healthy vegan dressing!

The Recipe How-To

 Trust me, this zesty dressing packed with fresh herbs will elevate your salad game!
Trust me, this zesty dressing packed with fresh herbs will elevate your salad game!

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s get started with the Green Goddess Dressing recipe!

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

Before beginning the recipe, make sure to have all the ingredients measured out and ready to use. Peel and chop the 1 garlic clove and medium ripe avocado, roughly chop the ⅓ cup of chives, ¼ cup of parsley leaves, and ¼ cup of loosely packed fresh basil leaves.

Step 2: Blend The Dressing

Place all your ingredients in a blender or food processor. Begin blending on low speed, gradually increasing to high speed until a smooth mixture forms. Scrape down the sides with a spatula in between blending to make sure everything is well incorporated.

Step 3: Adjust The Consistency

Check the consistency of your dressing, if it’s too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches your desired texture. If it’s too thin, add some more raw cashews to thicken it up or a little bit more mayonnaise/sour cream/yogurt for creaminess.

Step 4: Taste And Season

With the blender/food processor off, use a spoon to taste your Green Goddess dressing. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, respectively, and salt as needed to adjust the flavor. Keep in mind that veggies (like cucumbers or celery) will add more moisture to a dish, so a slight over seasoning while testing the dressing won’t hurt.

Step 5: Serve And Enjoy

Once you’ve reached your preferred consistency and taste, transfer the Green Goddess Dressing into an airtight container with lid or squeeze bottle for easy drizzling onto salads or as a dip for veggies. This recipe makes about 1 ½ cups of Green Goddess Dressing which can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.

That’s it! Your creamy vegan dressing is now ready for you to enjoy with your salads, sandwiches, tacos or as a veggie dip.

– For extra tangy flavor, you can add an additional tablespoon of lemon juice.
– If you want to make this into a thicker dip rather than salad dressing – simply reduce the amount of water used.
– If you don’t have raw cashews on hand, use any other kind of nut (such as almonds) that you prefer instead.
– Use more olive oil instead of mayo/sour cream/yogurt if you want this dairy-free item completely vegan.

Substitutions and Variations

 A bowlful of leaves never looked so delicious before!
A bowlful of leaves never looked so delicious before!

Are you looking to put your own spin on this Green Goddess Dressing recipe? No problem! There are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can try out.

For example, if you’re looking to make a vegan version of this dressing, you can simply swap out the mayonnaise and sour cream for vegan alternatives like tofu-based mayonnaise or cashew cream. Another option is to use Greek yogurt or whole milk yogurt instead of sour cream for a creamier texture.

If you’re not a fan of raw garlic, you can roast the garlic in the oven before adding it to the dressing. This gives the garlic a softer, sweeter flavor and reduces its sharpness.

Looking to add some extra greens to your dressing? Try incorporating some spinach or kale into the mix. You can also experiment with different herbs like cilantro, dill, or mint to add unique flavors to the dressing.

If you want to make a spicy variation of this dressing, try adding some chopped jalapeno or red pepper flakes into the mix. And for those who are allergic or sensitive to nuts, you can omit the raw cashews or substitute them with sunflower seeds.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to making variations of this Green Goddess Dressing recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative and customize it to your liking!

Serving and Pairing

 This dressing is like a hug for your taste buds...
This dressing is like a hug for your taste buds…

Green Goddess Dressing is incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways. One of the most popular ways to enjoy this dressing is to use it to brighten up a simple green salad. Drizzle it generously over mixed greens, spinach, or even cabbage salad for a healthy and flavorful meal.

For a heartier meal, try using the Green Goddess dressing as a dip for fresh veggies such as carrots, cucumber, celery sticks or make a chopped salad by adding in fresh herbs and chopped vegetables with the dressing on top. The creamy and tangy nature of this dressing makes it an excellent choice for both raw and cooked vegetables.

Another way to savor the delicious taste of Green Goddess Dressing is to add a dollop of it onto your baked potatoes or roasted vegetables such as cauliflower, green beans or Brussels sprouts! It beautifully complements the flavors of roasted sweet potato wedges or broccoli florets, infusing them with zesty goodness.

Also try using this vegan Green Goddess sauce as a sandwich spread with avocado, tomato, and sprouts on whole-grain bread or pita breads. A burrito bowl tossed with some Quinoa or rice with black beans adds protein to the mix! This incredibly healthy sauce is an easy alternative to store-bought salad dressings that are often high in unhealthy oils and preservatives.

Give this recipe a try and discover how you too can enjoy its unique flavor profile while staying healthy and satisfied all day long!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A healthy dose of greens, all blended perfectly into one jar!
A healthy dose of greens, all blended perfectly into one jar!

One of the great things about this Green Goddess Dressing is that it can be made ahead and stored for future use. Simply store the dressing in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week. The flavors do tend to intensify as they sit, so don’t be surprised if the garlic and herb notes become more pronounced over time.

When it’s time to use the dressing again, simply give it a good whisk or shake to mix all of the ingredients together properly. If your dressing has thickened in the fridge, don’t worry, just add a small amount of water, a tbsp at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.

Reheating this plant-based dressing is not recommended, since heat can change its texture and flavor, but you can simply let it come to room temperature before serving if you prefer a slightly warmer dressing.

This make-ahead option is perfect for meal-prepping or when you want to have some homemade salad dressing on hand for busy days. Don’t forget to write the date on your container so that you can keep track of its freshness.

Now that you know how easy it is to store and reheat this vegan Green Goddess Dressing recipe, go ahead and whip up a large batch of it! Your salads will thank you later.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Dip into the ultimate green goodness with this homemade dressing.
Dip into the ultimate green goodness with this homemade dressing.

Making the perfect Green Goddess Dressing can be quite tricky. However, with a good set of tips and skills, you will be able to achieve the perfect texture and flavor every time. Here are some tips to help you make the best vegan Green Goddess Dressing:

Firstly, ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature before blending. This helps in creating a smooth, creamy texture without any lumps or clumps of ingredients. It’s particularly crucial if using cashews as they will blend more quickly and more smoothly at room temperature.

Secondly, don’t over-blend your ingredients. Blending for too long may cause heating of the blades, which in turn can change the texture of the dressing. Instead, blend just enough to get the desired consistency.

Furthermore, consider adding different herbs or changing the ratios of other ingredients to suit your taste preference. For instance, swap out parsley for cilantro or add more garlic if you like a stronger garlic taste.

When it comes to seasoning your dressing, start with less salt than you think you need and gradually add more until it’s just right for you. Some people prefer less salt in their dressings while others like it salty – everyone has different preferences!

Another tip is to use a high-speed blender or food processor for best results. This ensures that all ingredients are blended thoroughly and perfectly emulsified.

Lastly, store Green Goddess Dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for up to five days if stored properly. You should also give it a good stir or shake before using it as the oil may separate from other liquids once stored in the fridge.

By following these tips, you will make an easy Green Goddess Dressing that is bursting with flavor and creamy texture; perfect for any salad and for everyone!


Now, it’s time to address some of the most frequently asked questions about this vegetarian Green Goddess Dressing recipe. Whether you’re new to making your own salad dressing or have been dabbling in it for a while, you might have some lingering questions about how to get the perfect consistency, what substitutions work best, and how long you can keep this dressing in the fridge. In this section, I’ll answer some common questions so that you can confidently make this dressing at home.

What is green goddess sauce made of?

Green goddess is a flavorful dressing that usually has a creamy base and is packed with herbs and spices like chervil, chives, tarragon, and a hint of tanginess from lemon juice. Often, it also includes anchovy and pepper for an added depth of flavor.

What does Green Goddess dressing contain?

For this recipe, we will be using a refreshing blend of water, avocado, apple cider vinegar, green onions, lemon juice, chives, parsley, and a combination of olive oil (regular and extra-virgin). We will also need yellow onion, garlic, basil, sea salt, and black pepper to give it an extra kick of flavor.

How will you make a Green Goddess dressing?

To create a tasty and flavorful dressing, start by blending yogurt, parsley, mixed herbs, chives, lemon juice, zest, olive oil, capers, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Continue blending until the mixture achieves a smooth consistency. You can add more seasoning as per your taste preference.
This dressing can either be used as a dip or mixed with salad greens. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator and it can last for up to five days.

What is Kraft Green Goddess dressing made of?

This dressing is made with a combination of water, soybean oil, vinegar, corn syrup, and sugar. It contains sour cream, which is made from cream and cultured skim milk. Salt, modified food starch, xanthan gum, buttermilk, spice, garlic, polysorbate 60, phosphoric acid, and mustard flour are also added to the dressing. Additionally, the dressing contains onions, natural flavor, yellow 5, blue 1, and potassium sorbate.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Green Goddess Dressing recipe is a must-try for all vegans and vegetarians out there who are looking for a new addition to their salad dressing collection. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it also offers a healthier alternative to commercial dressings that are often full of unhealthy ingredients.

With its perfect balance of fresh herbs, creamy yogurt and mayonnaise, tangy lemon juice and subtle notes of garlic and salt, this Green Goddess Dressing will elevate the taste of any salad. Plus, it’s easy to make and allows for various substitutions and variations based on personal preference.

So, whether you’re looking to impress your guests with a delicious and healthy salad dressing or simply want to jazz up your daily salads, give this recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Green Goddess Dressing (Vegetarian)

Green Goddess Dressing (Vegetarian) Recipe

This is my favorite salad dressing. It has a light but savory flavor, and a beautiful pale green color. From Laurel's Kitchen cookbook. Enjoy!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Cuisine Vegetarian
Calories 49.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic, minced


  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

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Serving: 38gCalories: 49.9kcalCarbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 1.3gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5.9mgSodium: 213.8mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Low Protein, Salad Dressings
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