Best Green Goddess Dressing
This green goddess dressing is creamy, vibrant, and completely dairy-free. It's loaded with fresh herb flavor and makes the perfect healthy dip or dressing for salads and bowls. It's easy to make and ready in just 5 minutes!
We're just going to come right out and say that this healthy dairy-free version of green goddess dressing rivals the original.
It's equally creamy and cool with all the feel-good pantry ingredients you can imagine blended into a delicious and nutritious dressing. Use it as a dip for fresh or roasted veggies, or drizzled on salads, bowls, and more.
It's easy to make, extra-colorful, and super versatile so you can add any herbs that are fresh in your garden, or leftover in your fridge. We promise it will never leave you feeling anything less than satisfied!
What is green goddess dressing?
Green goddess dressing is said to have originated around San Franciso in the 1920s. The original is made with mayonnaise, sour cream, anchovies, and tarragon but there are now many variations of this classic Californian dressing, including our healthy dairy-free one.
It's known for its cool and creamy taste, and herbaceous flavor. It makes a great dip for vegetables and is wonderful on robust salads like romaine or kale.
This is the best green goddess dressing recipe and it's full of good-for-you ingredients. It's different than the original but with similar tastes and texture.
You like to have most of the ingredients on hand, which is a big bonus. Here's everything you'll need to make this healthy green goddess dressing:
- Parsley – for its earthy taste and vibrant green color.
- Nutritional yeast – adds a ‘cheesy' taste and is full of B vitamins!
- Water – to thin things out.
- Olive oil – helps to emulsify the dressing, and bring everything together.
- Tahini – adds a nutty, creamy texture to the dressing.
- Apple cider + white vinegar – add acidity to balance out the bitterness from the herbs.
- Miso paste – adds a savory depth of flavor.
- Soy sauce – adds a salty, umami taste.
- Lemon juice – sunny lemon juice brightens everything up.
- Maple syrup – for its naturally sweet taste and add balance.
- Garlic – for its unique pungent taste.
You'll also need a high-speed blender or food processor.
Tip: if you have a high-powered blender you can use the stems of the parsley. If you're using a regular blender, twist the stems off and just use the leaves.
How to make green goddess dressing
There's nothing complicated about this green goddess dressing. Here's how to make it in a few simple steps:
- Simply add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor.
- Blend on high until smooth. That's it!
- Serve it right away or store it in an air-tight jar in the fridge.
Tip for serving: this dressing thickens a lot in the fridge. To make it pourable, put some in a small bowl and mix it with a little water before using it.
It will stay fresh in the fridge in a jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 5 days.
If you need to substitute the parsley, opt for a mild-tasting green like spinach or arugula. For a deliciously different flavor, try cilantro or basil. Or experiment with adding some chives, tarragon, dill, or mint to the mix!
Honey makes a great substitute. Agave also works well, too.
How to serve green goddess dressing
This creamy herb-infused dressing is really versatile. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this healthy green goddess dressing:
- As a dip with fresh, grilled, or roasted vegetables like our best roasted broccoli and sheet pan sausage and veggies.
- As a dressing with our broccoli and kale salad, or baby kale salad with grapefruit, avocado, and almonds
- Drizzled over a build-your-own grain bowl with ingredients like:
- Cooked whole grains – brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, farro, wheat berries, or millet
- Fresh leafy greens – baby kale, arugula, romaine, red leafy lettuce, thinly sliced cabbage
- Almonds, cashews, or walnuts
- Pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- Cubed tofu, smoked tofu, or tempeh
- Roasted or baked fish or chicken
- Cooked chickpeas or lentils
- Chopped or shredded vegetables – beets, carrots, tomatoes, radishes, and cucumbers
- Roasted vegetables
- Sliced avocado
The original family green goddess dressing recipe:
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- 1 cup fresh parsley, packed (see notes)
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic
- Place all the ingredients in your blender.1 cup fresh parsley, ¼ cup nutritional yeast, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons tahini, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoon miso paste, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 clove garlic
- Blend on high speed until smooth.
- Serve right away or store in a jar in your fridge for up to 5 days.