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REAL Green Goddess dressing is not a vegetarian dressing filled with healthy greens. It is a Californian salad dressing recipe made with anchovies, packed with umami flavor. The name of this dressing was totally appropriated by the “health” crowd because, well, Green Goddess, amiright?

Now that I got that mini-rant out of the way, let’s talk about how Green goddess dressing lives up to its name, both in its color and its godliness. With its famous green tint and a robust, savory flavor, this dressing is perfect served with salads or even as a topping over steak for the low carb crowd!

For a great salad to serve this with, why not make some Green Goddess Kale Salad?  

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Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

Though the original recipe is a variation of a sauce au vert that was supposedly served alongside green eel, this simple mayo salad dressing packs a huge savory and umami kick.

With plenty of fishiness coming from the anchovy and Worcestershire sauce ( a later addition to the dressing), along with lots of herbaceous flavorings as well, this dressing is insanely tasty when used to top a simple green salad.

If you can find it, tarragon vinegar is original to the recipe, but if you can’t find it, simply use white wine vinegar as a close replacement like I did.

Green Goddess Dressing Ingredients

Make sure to get the ingredients exactly right in this recipe by using the card down below; the ratios are key here.

  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Dry mustard
  • Black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Anchovy paste
  • Wine vinegar
  • Dry tarragon
  • Minced chives or scallions
  • Minced Parsley
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
green goddess dressing ingredients

How To Make Green Goddess Dressing

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender, or in a bowl. Add in the first 8 ingredients, mixing them together. Taste, then add in more anchovy paste or white wine vinegar as desired.
  2. Add in the chives and the parsley. Blend until you have a smooth dressing using the blender or an immersion blender in the bowl.
  • Pour into a lidded container and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Green Goddess Dressing Variations

Green goddess dressing is obviously a pretty well-known and established recipe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with it.

The first thing to think about changing would be to play around with the types of herbs and flavorings used. For example, instead of chives and parsley, why not try green garlic and, potentially, cilantro? It would create a totally different flavor profile while still being beautifully green.

You could even replace them with whole, fresh tarragon leaves, and some basil, as well as skipping the dry tarragon.

Another good replacement would be to alter the vinegar – this recipe uses wine vinegar, as do most green goddess dressings, but apple cider vinegar would create something entirely different and still super delicious.

Use this recipe as a jumping-off point, a way to build the basis of a great salad dressing, and work from there to make it your own.

green goddess dressing in a jar beside a salad

What To Serve This Green Goddess Dressing With

The easiest thing to serve this green goddess dressing with would be a simple green salad. However, there are many different salads, toppings, and ingredients to choose from.

A good mainstay would be nothing more than some iceberg lettuce, with maybe some slivers of onions, but you could get a lot fancier than that.

You could use arugula instead for a more peppery taste or even ditch the green leaves entirely and serve it with some avocado and maybe some bacon.

This dressing is truly multipurpose; you could even serve it with steak and fries if you wanted to really double down on the umami flavor!

Looking for more delicious Salad recipes? Try these out:

The Best Basic Tossed Salad

Greek Avocado Salad

Classic Cheddar Bacon Green Pea Salad 

Enjoy!! Remember that the key to any salad dressing is to adjust the seasonings to YOUR liking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Green Goddess Dressing

How to make the real Green Goddess dressing, the San Francisco version that has anchovy paste, chives, parsley, tarragon and more!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Course
Sauces
Cuisine
American
Servings
2 cups
Calories
542
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2-3 teaspoons anchovy paste to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry tarragon
  • 2-3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced chives or scallions
  • 1/3 cup minced flat leaf parsley
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a blender, or in a bowl. Add in the first 8 ingredients, mixing together. Taste, then add in more anchovy paste or white wine vinegar as desired.
  • Add in the chives and the parsley. Blend until you have a smooth dressing using the blender or an immersion blender in the bowl.
  • Pour into a lidded container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

  • The anchovy paste should be adjusted to your liking, as well as the white wine vinegar.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 542kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 50g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 1516mg, Potassium: 379mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2058IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 162mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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