Green Goddess Dressing

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Green Goddess dressing is a creamy herbaceous dressing packed with satisfying umami. It can be used as a salad dressing or served as dip with crudites.

salad with green goddess dressing on a white bowl

This old-school salad dressing recipe is a classic for a reason. The original green goddess dressing recipe has been around since 1923.

Anything recipe that’s still making an appearance after so many years must be a keeper. Give this salad dressing recipe a try and find out why.

What is green goddess salad dressing? 

This salad dressing is one of the classics. It’s rumored to have been created in 1923 in honor of actor George Arliss. Arliss starred in William Archers 1920’s film “The Green Goddess.” During the filming, he stayed at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Head chef Philip Roemer created the dressing inspired by an Ancient Greek recipe served to Louis the XIII. Louis ate this green dressing on eel instead of veggies.

Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients

Chock full of fresh herbs, this dressing has so much flavor. Not to mention lemon, fresh garlic, and anchovy filets that all add flavor wow.

If you have an herb garden, this is a great recipe to use up all those spare herbs.

Ingredients for green goddess dressing
  • Lots of fresh herbs. This dressing is built on a foundation of fresh herbs. Parsley leaves, watercress, tarragon, and chives. You can also add in any other tender herbs that you might have in the garden. Dill and basil are great additions.
  • Lemon and garlic. Is there a salad dressing without lemon and garlic?
  • Anchovies. Anchovies give this dressing its signature umami. Don’t skip them. You can use anchovy filets, or if you want to keep it even simpler, use a few teaspoons of anchovy paste. You can usually find it near the tomato paste.
  • Mayonnaise, preferably homemade.
  • Vinegar. Champagne vinegar or sherry vinegar

Make Your Own Mayonnaise

To make homemade mayonnaise, beat an egg yolk with lemon juice and dijon. Wrap a dishtowel around the base of the bowl to keep it from sliding around as you whisk.

Drop by drop, whisk in 1/4 cup of canola or grapeseed oil. When the mixture looks emulsified and stable, add another 1/4 cup of oil and whisk it in.

How To Make Green Goddess Dressing

This salad dressing comes together in less than 10 minutes in a food processor or a blender.

Simply add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste with a little bit of salt and pepper.

No Food Processor?

You can still make this dressing with a knife if you don’t have a food processor.

  1. Use a large chef’s knife to chop the herb and the anchovies.
  2. Once the mixture is finely chopped, mix in the mayonnaise and lemon juice.
the best green goddess salad

Frequently Asked Questions

What to put green goddess dressing on?

You can use this homemade salad dressing on any salad that you like. You can also use this flavor dressing on chicken or steak.

What is green goddess dressing?

This dressing is a classic salad dressing recipe is made with fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, and anchovies.

beautiful green goddess dressing in a glass jar

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green goddess salad dressing recipe

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Green Goddess dressing is a creamy herbaceous dressing packed with satisfying umami. It can be used as a salad dressing or dip when served with crudites.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 107 kcal



  • 1 cup parsley, tender leaves
  • 1 cup watercress, or spinach
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chives
  • 1 cove garlic, minced
  • 2 to 6 anchovy filets, packed in oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar, or sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • sea salt
  • pepper


  • Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until the herbs are finely minced.
  • Serve over your favorite salad.


Laura’s Tips + Notes

  1. Vegan or don’t want anchovies? Substitute kalamata olives for anchovies if you are vegan. 
  2. Store: In the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container. 


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Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 97mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.3gCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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