Creamy, tangy and full of fresh herbs, our Healthy Green Goddess Dressing is very easy to make in less than 5 minutes. This versatile homemade salad dressing is a delicious accompaniment to many ingredients.
What Is Green Goddess Dressing?
Originated in the mid-1920s, the classic green goddess dressing recipe includes mayonnaise, garlic, anchovy, parsley, chives, tarragon, lemon juice, oil and vinegar. Since gaining popularity, this salad dressing has evolved with many different variations and renditions.
Green goddess dressing is one of those anything-goes types of salad dressings. You can combine your choice of leafy fresh herbs with a cream component such as mayonnaise, yoghurt, sour cream, creme fraiche and add acidity such as lemon juice, lime juice or apple cider vinegar to balance the flavours.
You can, of course, buy a bottle of green goddess salad dressing at the local supermarket, but your own homemade salad dressing will taste better with no wastage.
How to Make a Healthy Version
Over time there have been many different versions of green goddess dressing. What seems to be the more popular way to make green goddess dressing now is to create a healthier version.
In our recipe, we have also opted for a healthier version of green goddess dressing. I did this by substituting the mayonnaise with Greek yoghurt to lower the fat content.
If you are looking for a vegan green goddess dressing recipe, you can also substitute the mayonnaise and anchovies with avocado or cashew cream. Both the avocado and cashew cream will create a creamy texture without the dairy.
And finally, I have seen keto green goddess recipes where avocado and avocado oil is used to retain the healthy fat content required in a keto diet.
What Herbs to Use in Dressing?
Creamy and full of herbaceous flavour, green goddess dressing is easy to make and perfect for any leftover fresh herbs.
You don’t need to follow the traditional recipe with parsley, tarragon and chives to make it.
Instead, green goddess salad dressing can be made with a combination of green leafy fresh herbs, including basil, mint, chives, cilantro and dill. Watercress and spinach can also be used to add an extra “green” element.
5 Ways to Serve Green Goddess Dressing
Other than salads, green goddess dressing is a popular condiment, especially during the summer months when leafy green herbs are abundant. Here are 5 ways to serve our healthy green goddess dressing:
- Drizzle over roasted vegetables to add freshness and herbaceous flavours.
- Serve it as a dip with a colourful plate of raw vegetables, olives and crusty bread.
- Add it to a vegetarian grain bowl with tofu and veggies.
- Include healthy green goddess dressing on a loaded baked potato to create a full meal.
- Try it with baked salmon to add a light and creamy sauce.
How to Store Dressing?
You can easily store green goddess dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This healthy green goddess dressing is a versatile salad dressing recipe to have in your repertoire.
These are the ingredients you’ll need for this healthy Green Goddess Dressing:
Parsley / Chives / Basil: These are the herbs I had available, but you can combine a mix of green leafy herbs such as parsley, basil, dill or whatever you have on hand.
Greek yoghurt: Substituting the mayonnaise with full-fat Greek yoghurt adds creaminess with a slight tang. Plus, it is a healthier alternative.
Garlic: To dial up the herby flavours, add fresh garlic to give the dressing a good punch.
Lemon zest: For a pop of citrus flavours, lemon zest adds aroma but does not mess up the water-solid ratio.
Extra virgin olive oil: good quality extra virgin olive oil is always needed in the pantry for salads.
Salt and Pepper: to taste
Step by step instructions for making healthy Green Goddess Dressing.
Wash parsley, basil and chives and shake dry.
In a small food processor, place parsley, basil, chives, garlic cloves, Greek yoghurt, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil together.
Process together until smooth with tiny flecks of green herbs.
Season with salt and pepper.
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Healthy Green Goddess Dressing
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- Wash parsley, basil and chives and shake dry.
- In a small food processor, place parsley, basil, chives, garlic cloves, Greek yoghurt, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil together.
- Process together until smooth with tiny flecks of green herbs.
- Season with salt and pepper.
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