Healthy Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

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This healthy green goddess dressing recipe is fresh, and delicious, and goes super well with any green salad you care to put it on.

If you’ve ever purchased the Greed Goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s, you’ll know exactly what this is. It’s pure, green deliciousness in a bottle. Made with lots of herbs and avocado, it’s a wonderful homemade dressing for many salads. Particularly in the warmer months of the year (although it’s yummy any time of year!)

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Who Created Green Goddess Dressing?

According to American Food Roots:

This famous salad dressing was created in the kitchens of San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. Chef Philip Roemer is said to have invented the dressing in 1923 to honor actor George Arliss, who stayed at the hotel while performing in William Archer’s hit play, “The Green Goddess.”

American Food Roots

What Is Green Goddess Dressing Made Of?

Green Goddess Dressing is traditionally made with mayonnaise, sour cream, anchovy, fresh herbs, and lemon juice along with some black pepper. But I wanted to remake what they sell at Trader Joe’s, so my ingredients do not include the mayo, sour cream, or anchovy. The recipe below uses avocados, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and pepper. It’s totally delicious and very, very close to the Trader Joe’s version.

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Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

You could certainly enjoy the traditional version in small portions and keep it somewhat on the healthier side. But I find that all that mayo and sour cream along with anchovies don’t really fit my definition of healthy these days.

I realize that goes against the current, fat-loving trend of the keto diet that is currently all the rage. But all I know is how much better I feel since giving up that way of eating. You can certainly add those things to this recipe if you prefer by switching out the avocados for equal portions of mayo and sour cream if that is your preference.

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

This recipe is vegan but it’s tough to tell the difference once it’s mixed into a salad. This dressing delivers all the flavor without high fat or cholesterol. Give it a try!

Recipe Note

This recipe yields a lot of dressing. If you want less, simply click on the yield number in the recipe card and adjust it to the final yield you’d like.

About The Ingredients

Water – Use good, filtered water that you would feel comfortable drinking.

Haas avocados – pitted and skins removed. It doesn’t have to be Haas avocados. I simply note that so you get an idea of the size.

Fresh chives

Apple cider vinegar – I like to use the stuff “with the mother”.

Green onions – You’ll be using both the green and the white parts.

Lemon juice – No sugar added, fresh juice is best, but bottled will work fine.

Parsley – Curly parsley is best, but you can use flatleaf parsley in a pinch. The flavor is a bit different.

Yellow onions – White onions will work too.

Fresh basil

Garlic powder – or garlic granules

Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use whatever you normally use in cooking.

Ground black pepper – Freshly ground or pre-ground.

How To Make Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Transfer to a food-safe container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

A delicious salad dressing made with fresh herbs, onions, lemon juice, and black pepper.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Blend Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 40 servings (5 cups)
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium Haas avocados (pitted and skins removed)
  • ¾ cup chopped, fresh chives
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar + 1 tbsp.
  • 1 cup chopped green onions (whites and green parts)
  • cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onions
  • ½ cup fresh, chopped basil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt (+ more to taste as needed)
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to a food-safe container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp. | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 69mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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