Green Goddess Dressing is one of the best dressings ever, especially in the heat of the summer! It’s a creamy, tangy dressing with bright, fresh flavors that elevates even the most simple salad. Make sure to gather as many fresh herbs as you can, because this dressing highlights the natural flavors and aromas of a beautiful herb variety.
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This Green Goddess Dressing is more flavorful and bright than any other one I’ve tried! Fresh aromatic herbs like parsley, dill weed, cilantro, and more add an incredible amount of herbaceous flavor to this signature salad dressing. If you have an herb garden in your backyard, this dressing is perfect for you!
Even if you don’t have an herb garden at your disposal, you can certainly make do here with fresh herbs from your local grocery store or farmer’s market. The key to a great Green Goddess Dressing is to use the fresh, aromatic herbs, garlic, and lemon. That way, your dressing will enhance whatever you choose to serve it with in the most boldly flavored, aromatic, and fresh way.
Besides the herbs, there are plenty of other ingredients in this dressing that help create the signature flavor palate. Some of the most notable ones include (but are certainly not limited to) lemon juice and zest, scallions, garlic, and olive oil. The base of the dressing is deliciously smooth and creamy from the mayonnaise and sour cream, which combine to create the best consistency. Made in just a matter of minutes, you’re going to love this supremely smooth, fresh, and vibrant Green Goddess Dressing!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Mayonnaise – For the creamiest consistency, try to use a full fat mayonnaise as opposed to low fat. However, low fat will also get the job done if preferred.
Sour Cream – Similarly to the mayonnaise, the sour cream is best if full fat is used. If you wish, you can substitute plain Green yogurt.
Lemon – You’ll need the juice and zest of one lemon. Make sure to use fresh not bottled!
Oil – You can use either olive oil or avocado oil.
Fresh Herbs – You’ll need a medley of the following fresh herbs: parsley, dill weed, cilantro, basil, tarragon, and mint combine together to create a seriously flavorful dressing.
Scallions – Also known as green onions, this ingredient adds a delightful onion taste to the flavor palate.
Garlic – For the best flavor, always use fresh garlic. Try not to add too many cloves, as garlic is a pretty strong ingredient and can overpower the other flavors.
Anchovy Paste – you can use 1 canned anchovy or 2 tsp. anchovy paste.
See the full list of ingredients in the recipe below.
How to Make Green Goddess Dressing
Combine the ingredients: Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse the mixture, being sure to scrape the sides every so often. Pulse and scrape the ingredients until everything is smooth and well blended.
That’s all there is to it! This is a quick and easy to make recipe that’ll really only take a moment out of your day to blend up.
Once blended, you can store your homemade dressing in an airtight glass jar or a dressing container. Make sure you keep this creamy dressing in the refrigerator, NOT at room temperature! Properly stored, Green Goddess Dressing should be good for about a week.
When you need to use some dressing, be sure to pour it straight from the container, as opposed to using a spoon to scoop it out.
If you use a spoon, you may accidentally introduce new bacteria to the dressing that will cause it to spoil at a fast rate. Also, make sure your container is truly airtight to really extend the shelf life of your dressing.
Yes, green goddess dressing is gluten free as it does not contain any glutenous ingredients. As always, double check the label ingredients to make sure.
This green goddess dressing does contain dairy ingredients in mayonnaise, which is egg based.
To make it dairy free: you will want to substitute sour cream with a plant-based sour cream. Luckily, there are several products on the market for you to choose from. Mayonnaise is made with oil, egg yolks, and vinegar and normally does not contain dairy.
To make it lactose free: if you only have an allergy to lactose, you need to substitute sour cream as well. A good lactose free brand that I typically use myself is the Green Valley Creamery. (It does contain dairy.)
To make it vegan: to make this dressing vegan, you will need to substitute mayonnaise and sour cream for plant based alternatives. There are several options on the market for both, vegan mayonnaise and sour cream. To substitute anchovy paste and anchovies, use nori. Nori is a sea weed that usually comes in dried flakes.
Enjoy this dressing with any of your favorite salads! Use kale, arugula, chopped romaine, or any other leafy green as your base of choice. Toss any of your favorite vegetables into the mix, like sliced avocados, chopped cherry tomatoes, or red onions. Green Goddess Dressing really enhances even the most basic of shake and go salads!
One of my absolute favorite ways to serve Green Goddess Dressing is as a dip option on a crudité board! Sugar snap peas, carrots, and cucumbers are all delicious when dipped into this homemade dressing.
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Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
- Blender or a food processor
- lemon press
- Knife and cutting board
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley packed
- 3 tbsp fresh dill weed packed
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro packed
- 4 scallions stalks
- 1/4 cup fresh basil packed
- 3-4 tbsp fresh tarragon packed
- 2-3 tbsp fresh mint packed
- 2 garlic clove
- 2 tsp anchovy paste
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor and pulse, scraping the sides when needed, until completely smooth and blended.
- Transfer into the glass jar with a lid or a dressing storage container and refrigerate for 5-7 days.