This 5 minutes green goddess salad dressing is all you need to fancy your salad this summer. It is easy, super delicious and the vibrant green is to die for!
As summers are here and there will be a lot of salad on the menu these days, I am sharing a few more salad dressing recipes that I often make at home – Mango Salad Dressing, Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing, Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing, and Strawberry Vinaigrette.
About This Recipe
Green goddess salad dressing is a favorite at my home! Smooth, creamy, and full of flavors, it makes any boring salad taste delicious. The refreshing flavors from the herbs and creaminess from mayonnaise will definitely make this one your favorite too.
This green salad dressing is a beautiful combination of fresh basil, parsley, and green onions, that are flavored more with few other basic ingredients such as lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Just add all the ingredients to the blender or a food processor and pulse to get a creamy and tangy dressing in under 5 minutes.
Super easy and quick, this bright dressing is perfect to use up the herbs sitting in your fridge. Either use it as a salad dressing, serve it as a dip or marinate your chicken/seafood with it, it tastes great in every way.
This Green Goddess Dressing is,
- Super Fresh
- Creamy + Tangy
- Easy + Quick
- Better than the store-bought one
To make this dressing you will need,
Mayonnaise – I have used mayonnaise as the base to make this dressing but you can use a mix of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, or a vegan yogurt if you want to make a vegan and healthy version. Mayonnaise can also be replaced by an avocado.
Sour cream also makes for a great base for this dressing. Be creative, make it a few times using different combinations and see which one you like the most, and then stick to it. Easy, right :).
Herbs – Next you will need fresh herbs like fresh basil, parsley, and green onions. If you can find tarragon, add it for the classic licorice-like taste. But as the flavor is strong, make sure to use it in a limited quantity.
Other herbs such as cilantro, mint, chives, etc can also be added for a refreshing taste.
Lemon – Lemon zest and lemon juice give a nice tang to the dressing and I highly recommend it. Try to use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best result.
Garlic – I always add a few cloves of garlic to my dressing as I am a garlic lover and plus it’s good for your system. Do try using it and see the difference.
A lot of people add anchovies to their green goddess dressing but I always refrain from adding it as it’s too strong a flavor for me. But if you love anchovies, go ahead and add 2-3 canned anchovies while blending the dressing. You can even add capers instead of anchovies, for a vegetarian version.
Alpha alpha sprouts and sunflower seeds are also some great add-ons.
For added richness, you can even add a little extra virgin olive oil in the same.
How to make Green Goddess Dressing?
Pluck the basil and parsley leaves from the thick stem, and discard the stems. Measure out ¼ cup basil and 2 tbsp parsley. Tightly pack the measures while measuring the leaves. Wash the leaves and keep them aside.
Chop 2 green onions roughly.
Combine ½ cup mayonnaise, basil, parsley, green onions, 2-3 peeled cloves of garlic, ½ tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt to taste and ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper to the blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for upto 5 days.
With Avocado – To make green goddess dressing with avocado, either replace the mayonnaise with one ripe avocado or use half avocado and half the quantity of mayonnaise mentioned.
Vegan – To make the vegan dressing, replace the mayonnaise with one avocado and keep the other ingredients, and process the same as mentioned below.
With Yogurt – To make the dressing with yogurt, replace the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt and keep the other ingredients, and process the same.
You can use this dressing as of course what its title says, mix it with your favorite combination of salad. Try it on a tomato-cucumber salad, caesar salad, spring salad, radish salad, etc.
Serve it as a dip with veggie sticks, pita bread, nachos, chips, fries, potato wedges, or any crackers of your choice.
Drizzle it over your roasted veggies, roasted/grilled chicken, grilled seafood, etc.
You can also drizzle it over your veggie bowls, buddha bowls etc.
May be use it as a marination for your chicken and sea food too.
This creamy, smooth, and herby salad dressing will last for about 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an air-tight container and use a clean and dry spoon every time you take out the dressing from the container. Close the lid properly once you are done.
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- ½ cup plain mayonnaise
- ¼ cup fresh basil (packed)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (packed)
- 2 stalks green onion (chopped)
- 2-3 peeled whole garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Pluck the basil and parsley leaves from the thick stem, and discard the stems. Measure out ¼ cup basil and 2 tbsp parsley. Tightly pack the measures while measuring the leaves. Wash the leaves and keep them aside.
- Chop 2 green onions roughly.
- Combine ½ cup mayonnaise, basil, parsley, green onions, 2-3 peeled cloves of garlic, ½ tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt to taste and ½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper to the blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.