Bright, fresh, and herby, this Green Goddess dressing is delicious, easy to make, and really versatile!

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Green Goddess Dressing

This green goddess dressing recipe is the best you’ll find on the internet (and definitely better than the bottled store-bought stuff) because it’s made with really fresh, simple ingredients. It’s also completely fuss-free and just requires a quick trip in the blender to bring together!

What is Green Goddess Salad Dressing?

Green goddess dressing is an herby, creamy dressing somewhat similar in flavor to ranch dressing. It is really delicious over greens or used as a sauce or marinade!

Why is it called Green Goddess Dressing?

Good question (and one that I had to look up!). Here’s the story: this dressing originated in the 1920s at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco when head chef, Philip Roemer, created the dressing for actor and hotel guest, George Arliss, who famously starred in the play, The Green Goddess. There ya go, folks! 

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe Ingredients 

The ingredients required for this dressing are as fresh as they come! 

  • Flat-Leaf Parsley – to start, you’ll need about a ½ cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley (leaves and stems).
  • Fresh Tarragon Leaves – you’ll also need a ¼ cup of fresh tarragon leaves. If you can’t find fresh tarragon, any fresh green herb will work — basil or even more parsley would both be great options.
  • Fresh Chives – you’ll also need 4 fresh chives. 
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – to keep the flavor really fresh and bright, you’ll also want to add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (the juice from about 1 small lemon).
  • Avocado Oil Mayonnaise – a ½ cup of avocado oil mayonnaise (we use THIS one) makes everything really creamy. If you’re looking for an egg-free option, though, feel free to substitute the mayo for Greek yogurt, knowing that you may need to thin it with a bit of water.
  • Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt – lastly, you’ll need a ¼ cup of either sour cream or Greek yogurt to finish everything off!
all of the ingredients for a green goddess dressing sitting in different sized bowls and plates on a marble surface

How to make Green Goddess Salad Dressing

The process is easy (as with all of our salad dressings!). Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender – to start, add the parsley (stems and leaves!), tarragon leaves, chives, lemon juice, mayo, and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) to a blender. An individual nutri-bullet style blender works great for this, as does a large, regular blender – use what you have! 
  2. Blend until smooth – next, you’ll want to blend the dressing ingredients until completely smooth.
  3. Serve or store – once fully blended, either serve immediately or store in an airtight container (or jar) in the refrigerator for up to one week.
a blender with the ingredients for green goddess dressing in it
a blender of blended up green goddess dressing

What does green goddess dressing taste like?

This creamy dressing tastes herby, fresh, and bright. It has a slight tanginess thanks to the Greek yogurt/sour cream, and because of the fresh herbs and creamy base, is somewhat reminiscent of ranch dressing.

How can you use Green Goddess Dressing?

While this dressing is really great over greens, it also makes for a fantastic marinade or even a sauce for a yummy lunch or dinner bowl!

a person pouring creamy green goddess dressing over a wooden bowl of spinach leaves

Can Green Goddess Dressing be frozen?

Unfortunately, we don’t recommend freezing this dressing due to the dairy and mayo. Once you try it, though, we bet you won’t have any leftover to freeze anyway!

How long does this dressing last? 

Because this dressing is made up of fresh herbs and a few perishable ingredients (think: sour cream, Greek yogurt, and fresh lemon juice), you’ll want to make sure that you use it up within a week of making!

Easy Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

5 — Votes 2 votes
By Amber Goulden
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This green goddess dressing is packed with fresh herbs and bright lemon juice to create the perfect summer dressing!


  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and stems
  • ¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
  • 4 fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 1 small lemon
  • ½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.7g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 16.7mg | Sodium: 143mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.2g

Additional Info

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 81
Keyword: green goddess dressing

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