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Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

May 17, 2020

The ultimate zesty and refreshing sauce, this green goddess dressing recipe will become a quick favorite to top onto salads, bowls or even used as a dip! Easily customizable and made with just a few simple ingredients.

It dawned on me the other day as I was whipping up yet another bowl recipe that I’ve never shared my classic green goddess dressing recipe. This sauce is pretty much second nature to me. I just throw everything in the blender and hope for the best. Without fail this green goddess dressing always seems to work out.

It struck me that sometimes I go 10 steps ahead when it comes to cooking instead of sharing the classics. I’ve shared plenty of bowl recipes (and many more to come!) but sometimes what you really need is a delicious dressing recipe to top onto whatever you have – recipe or not!

What I love most about this recipe is how customizable it is. I oftentimes make it when I notice some of my herbs on their way out. I toss them in the blender with the rest of the ingredients and BAM it gives them new life! It’s also super versatile and can be eaten on just about everything, but we’ll get to that in a bit! For now let’s look at the ingredients in this green goddess dressing recipe.

Ingredients to Make Green Goddess Dressing:

  • Plain greek yogurt – I prefer greek but you can use any plain yogurt
  • Herbs of choice – cilantro, basil, parsley, tarragon, chives, green onions, dill etc…
  • Garlic – use fresh! It tastes so much better
  • Salt and pepper
  • Jalapeno – optional but I love the spicy kick!

My personal favorite combination is cilantro, basil and dill but honestly any combination will do. Use whatever you have on hand!

So many other versions of this recipe use extra ingredients like anchovy paste, mayonnaise or oil but honestly none of them are necessary. The tanginess from the greek yogurt is plenty and the herbs add so much flavor!


How to Make Green Goddess Dressing:

This recipe is SO simple. All you need are the ingredients above and a blender. I love my Vitamix but any old blender will do. Just throw everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Don’t worry if it doesn’t get completely smooth. Some bits of herbs still make for a delicious recipe.

Can You Make It Vegan?

Yes! You can of course use a plant-based yogurt but my preference for vegan green goddess dressing is to replace with avocado. Your recipe will be as follows:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup herbs of choice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeno

You’ll follow the same instructions as below and blend everything together in your high speed blender. The avocado adds the creaminess and while it isn’t as tangy as the greek yogurt, it’s still delicious!

How to Serve Green Goddess Dressing

There are so many ways to eat this green goddess dressing recipe but here are a few examples:

  1. As a dip – perfect for a veggie platter
  2. As a salad dressing – whatever veggies you’ve got on hand, throw them together and toss with this dressing
  3. As a buddha bowl sauce – Try replacing the peanut sauce in the ultimate buddha bowl recipe
  4. On a grain bowl – grains, protein, veggies and dressing – use whatever you’ve got on hand and top with this green goddess dressing!
  5. As a marinade – Marinate your meat, tofu or seafood in this sauce before cooking
  6. As a dipping sauce – might I suggest pairing it with these crispy baked fries?!

Here is one of my favorite grain bowl recipes: farro, bbq chicken, mixed greens, crispy chickpeas topped with this zesty green goddess dressing recipe!


Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

The ultimate zesty and refreshing sauce, this green goddess dressing recipe will become a quick favorite to top onto salads, bowls or even used as a dip! Easily customizable and made with just a few simple ingredients.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs i.e. cilantro, parsley, basil, dill, tarragon, green onions, chives etc…
  • 1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: 1/2 jalapeno (seeds included for a kick)


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge.

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