Green Goddess Dressing (and Dip)

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Cool, creamy, and flecked with fresh herbs, green goddess dressing is wonderful on salads or served as a dip.

Green goddess dressing is a creamy salad dressing (or dip) typically containing mayonnaise, sour cream, an abundance of fresh herbs, anchovy, garlic, and lemon juice.The dressing was supposedly created by a chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in the early 1920s to honor the actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. It’s a variation of sauce verte (green sauce), a French mayonnaise-based sauce made with chopped fresh herbs.

Green goddess not only makes a delicious salad dressing and crudité dip, but it’s also is wonderful on seafood, especially salmon. If you’re using the dressing for a salad, it should be room temperature so that it’s a drizzleable consistency. If you’re serving it as a dip, chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours until thickened.

What You’ll Need To Make Green Goddess Dressing

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How to make the dressing

In a food processor, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, anchovy paste, garlic, salt, and pepper.

ingredients in food processor ready to blend

Process until the sauce is smooth and the herbs are very finely chopped, about 30 seconds.

blended green goddess dressing in food processor

Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve immediately if you’d like the dressing to be a drizzleable consistency, or chill for a few hours until thickened to use a dip. (To bring the dressing back to a drizzleable consistency after chilling, allow it to sit out at room temperature for about an hour and stir well before using.)

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Green Goddess Dressing (and Dip)

Cool, creamy, and flecked with fresh herbs, green goddess dressing is wonderful on salads or served as a dip.

Servings: About 1-1/4 cups
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh chives
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or two mashed anchovies)
  • 1 small clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the sauce is smooth and the herbs are very finely chopped, about 30 seconds. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve immediately if you'd like the dressing to be a drizzleable consistency, or chill for a few hours until thickened to use a dip. (To bring the dressing back to a drizzleable consistency after chilling, allow it to sit out at room temperature for about an hour and stir well before using.) The dressing will keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 108
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 90 mg
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • This is so good on salads, as well as a dip with crudités!
    I copy a favorite salad from a local restaurant: Bibb lettuce, Roma tomatoes, cucumber, radish,Gorgonzola crumbles, and candied pecans, topped with this delicious Green Goddess dressing.

    • — Kai on September 23, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    This dressing is simply delicious. We love it on everything, it is our current favourite topping for quinoa patties, but we keep a jar made at all times this summer. My little herb garden can barely keep up!
    Thanks for all your great recipes. Big hugs from Vancouver Island. 😊💕

    • — Noni on July 10, 2021
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  • Hi Jen
    Is the parsley measurement 1 cup before it is chopped or after? – Same question with the Basil. Thanks for another great recipe – having this with the salmon bowl tonight.

    • — Corinne on June 4, 2021
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    • Hi Corinne, I’d chop them first. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 6, 2021
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  • This is super easy to make and so good with crudite. I’m a big fan of tarragon, so I’ll be making this often.

    • — Debra Wilson on May 17, 2021
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  • Omg I just looked at my question and I’m not sure what the translation was for my question about tarragon substitution for thyme but I apologize. I have no idea what it meant by nursing LOL. Talk to text… It’s really important to proofread.

    • — Judy Dempsey on May 15, 2021
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    • 😂

      • — Jenn on May 15, 2021
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  • I couldn’t find fresh tarragon in the store to make this nursing tonight. Can you substitute fresh thyme instead? I realize they don’t have the same flavour profile but it did cross my mind. Other than that I would leave it out. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • — Judy Dempsey on May 15, 2021
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    • Hi Judy, It’s fine to replace the tarragon with thyme. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 15, 2021
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  • Just a question, is there anyway to make this dressing without sour cream?

    • — Gkb on May 15, 2021
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    • Hi Gkb, You could substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 15, 2021
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  • Sounds so yummy. How long will this last in the refrigerator?

    • — Pauline on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Pauline, I’d guess it would keep nicely in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2021
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  • Hi Jen,
    Might you develop a recipe for kefir? I ferment my own given my lactose intolerance as well as an immune deficiency which lead to lots of antibiotic use for years–trying to repopulate my gut! Anyway, a salad dressing with plain kefir–or any other recipe you might concoct would be greatly appreciated! (I regularly bake bread using the kefir but have struggled to find other good recipes using it)

    • — Kathryn C Brandin on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Kathryn, Sorry to hear you struggle with gut issues! While a kefir recipe is not something I’ve ever considered creating, I will add it to my list of recipes to potentially develop. 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2021
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  • How long will this keep in the fridge? I think I’ll always want to have this on hand

    • — Tom Gangwer on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Tom, I’d say it keeps well for 4 to 5 days. Glad you enjoyed!

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2021
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  • Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe. I just made it with dry herbs except I had fresh chives out of my garden. It is so delicious I will definitely keep this in my fridge. Thanks again for your fabulous recipe I love it.

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    • — Bonnita on May 13, 2021
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  • Hi! Can you substitute yogurt instead of mayo?

    • — valerie reposa on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Valerie, I think you could sub yogurt for the sour cream but not for the mayo. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2021
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    • I’ve subbed sour cream with fat free greek yogurt (I like Fage, thick and not super tangy). I’ve also used low fat mayo to lighten it up.

      • — Elizabeth on May 14, 2021
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  • non-dairy substitute for sour cream? Recipe sounds so so good!
    Thanks.

    • — james levy on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi James, You can replace the sour cream with more mayo and add a bit more lemon juice.

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2021
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  • Hi Jennifer,

    If you do not add in the anchovies paste will it make a big difference? Or can you suggest a substitute.

    Thank you,
    Peggy

    • — Peggy on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Peggy, I don’t think it will make a big difference, but you could add a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce.

      • — Jenn on May 13, 2021
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