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.
- Why You’ll Love Our Green Goddess Dressing
- What Is Green Goddess Dressing?
- How to Make a Healthy Version
- What Herbs to Use in Dressing?
- 5 Ways to Serve Green Goddess Dressing
- Variations and Substitutions
- How to Store Dressing?
- How to Make This Dressing Perfectly [Expert Tips]
- Best Salad for This Dressing
Why You’ll Love Our Green Goddess Dressing
Creamy and full of herbaceous flavour, green goddess dressing is easy to make and perfect for any leftover fresh herbs.
Don’t let these random herbs go to waste. Combine them together and make a healthy green goddess salad dressing! It is one of those anything-goes types of salad dressing recipes that can use an abundance of herbs.
I love the lush herby flavours of green goddess dressing. Even though our recipe is a creamy dressing, the balance of herbs with Greek yoghurt acidity makes it light and refreshing at the same time.
What Is Green Goddess Dressing?
Originating 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.
You can combine your choice of leafy fresh herbs with a cream component such as mayonnaise, yoghurt, sour cream, or 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. 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.
In general, homemade green goddess salad dressing is healthier than store-bought dressing as you are using less processed ingredients.
What Herbs to Use in Dressing?
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, spinach or even kale 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.
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 leafy herbs with 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
Variations and Substitutions
Herb variation: Try another mix of leafy green herbs such as parsley, basil, dill, mint, tarragon or cilantro.
Extra flavour: Add capers for a little extra tangy kick, but this is optional.
Vegan option: If you are looking for a vegan green goddess dressing recipe, switch Greek yoghurt with avocado or cashew cream. Both the avocado and cashew cream will create a creamy consistency without the dairy.
Keto friendly recipe: Using avocado and avocado oil can retain the healthy fat content required in a keto diet. Try our avocado herb dressing which is fantastic for keto diets.
Step by step instructions for how to make 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.
Process until smooth with tiny flecks of green herbs.
Season with salt and pepper.
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.
How to Make This Dressing Perfectly [Expert Tips]
Check consistency: Depending on how you want to serve green goddess salad dressing, you may want to check the consistency of the sauce whilst blending together.
Avoid any excess water if you wish to have a thicker sauce, or add little water or extra virgin olive oil for a thinner consistency to pour.
Use a blender/food processor: You could finely chop everything and mix, but it would not be the same consistency. Using a blender or food processor to blitz everything together will be much faster.
Taste and adjust: It is important to taste and adjust the flavour of green goddess dressing. You may prefer a little more salt to offset the acidity of Greek yoghurt.
Best Salad for This Dressing
Transform your leftovers with this delicious and super easy Roast Chicken Potato Salad with crunchy vegetables and a herbaceous healthy green goddess dressing.
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.
*Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided is an estimate only and generated by an online calculator.
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