Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

This simple avocado Green Goddess dressing takes a few minutes to throw together and uses lots of fresh herbs from the garden. I usually use basil, rosemary, and tarragon, but you can easily throw in whatever sounds good.

You can whip up this homemade Green Goddess dressing for salads, but it’s very versatile. You can make it thinner or thicker as needed by adjusting the amount of buttermilk, adapt it into a vegan Green Goddess dressing, and swap out herbs based on what you have. This easy Green Goddess dressing is great as a dip, sandwich spread, or on top of grilled vegetables, chicken, and shrimp!

Healthy Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Serving Size:
3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces)
10 minutes

Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make Green Goddess Dressing

  1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until the dressing has a smooth consistency. Add more buttermilk as needed if the dressing is too thick.
  2. Dressing can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

What to Put Green Goddess Dressing on

Salads with Green Goddess dressing are phenomenal. I like to toss in fresh tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, red onion, diced Swiss cheese, sliced mushrooms, hard-boiled egg, and Kalamata olive. This avocado Green Goddess dressing recipe can also be used in other ways. Here are some suggestions!

  • Mixed into chopped hard-boiled eggs
  • Mixed into shredded chicken
  • Mixed into cooked quinoa and chickpeas
  • Drizzled on grilled meat, shrimp, salmon, and more
  • Served over steamed artichokes
  • Dip for fresh vegetables
  • Sandwich spread
  • Drizzled over kebabs
  • Drizzled over roasted, steamed, grilled, or sauteed vegetables

Green Goddess Dressing Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1tablespoons (1.5 ounces)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
Total Fat2.9g
Saturated Fat0.5g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate3g
Dietary Fiber1.2g

Substitutions & Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess dressing is easy to modify and make according to what you have on hand! Here are easy ways to make the best Green Goddess dressing for your dietary needs & preferences.

Best Herbs in Green Goddess Dressing

You can use any herbs you like, but these are the most popular:

  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Tarragon
  • Chives
  • Green onions

Vegan or Non Dairy Green Goddess Dressing

It’s easy to make Green Goddess dressing non-dairy and vegan-friendly by using any unsweetened, unflavored dairy yogurt or milk substitute. You can even make your own nut “milk” with a ratio of 2 parts nuts to 1 part water in a food processor. Walnuts and cashews are great options for Green Goddess dressing!

Buttermilk Substitutions & Rice Vinegar Substitutions

You can use any cultured dairy or even a non-dairy yogurt or milk to make a dairy free Green Goddess dressing. The rice vinegar can be substituted with another type of acid.

  • Labneh
  • Crème fraiche
  • Sour cream
  • Kefir
  • Greek yogurt
  • Non-dairy yogurt
  • Creamy tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Unseasoned rice vinegar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Lime juice

Easy Green Goddess Add-Ins

  • For a cheesy flavor: nutritional yeast
  • For a spicy flavor: chopped jalapeño, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper
  • For a briny, salty flavor: drained capers


What is green goddess dressing?

Green Goddess dressing is a green-hued dressing made with a base of cultured dairy or non-dairy alternative, acid (such as vinegar or lemon juice), oil (including avocado or olive oil), and herbs. The original Green Goddess recipe from the 1920s used mayonnaise and sour cream as a base. It can also be made with avocado as a base.

What’s in Green Goddess dressing?

Green Goddess dressing recipes usually have a base of mayonnaise and sour cream, a non-dairy yogurt or cultured milk, or and/or avocado. The recipe usually features a variety of fresh herbs that add the green hue even without avocado.

What does Green Goddess dressing taste like?

Avocado green goddess dressing doesn’t have an overpowering avocado taste. It has a creamy texture with a tangy, savory, and fresh flavor.

When was Green Goddess dressing invented?

Green Goddess dressing is credited to chef Philip Roemer of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco who created it to honor the actor George Arliss who was staying at the hotel while starring in the play “The Green Goddess” in 1921. It was later revived and popularized in the 1960s and 1970s.

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