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Loaded with fresh herbs and ready in 5 minutes, this easy Green Goddess Dressing recipe is so much better than store-bought. The homemade salad dressing is dreamy as a dip, sandwich spread, or marinade.

A veggie platter with a dish of green Goddess dressing.

Fresh, lemony, and a cinch to make in 5 minutes flat, I pretty much always have a jar of my easy Green Goddess Dressing in the refrigerator. True, it sounds like a salad dressing with that moniker, and it certainly could be used to toss with my Easy Garden Salad, I adore this homemade creamy dressing as a dip for crudités, a marinade for meat, and a sandwich spread.

I’ve rounded up several ideas for how to use this easy Green Goddess Dressing recipe below, and will show you exactly how to blitz up a batch.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step by step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for green goddess dressing.

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Ingredient notes

  • Fresh parsley, chives, and tarragon: In a pinch, you can make this homemade salad dressing with dried herbs; just let the dressing sit a little longer before using it so the herbs can hydrate. And if you’re using tarragon, use a little extra because dried tarragon isn’t as powerful as fresh.
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt: You’ll need 6 ounces or ¾ cup of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt; any fat level (although I prefer full-fat!). Alongside an equal amount of mayo, either lends the just-right amount of tang and creaminess to this homemade salad dressing.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This mimics the flavor of anchovies that you’re familiar with in other salad dressings, such as Caesar, but in a pantry staple format. Of course if you prefer to blend in an anchovy or two, do you.

Step by step instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender, add parsley, chives, tarragon, garlic, and lemon zest and pulse until finely chopped.
Green herbs minced in a food processor.
  1. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth.
Green Goddess dressing in a food processor.
  1. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper) and chill.
A bottle of green Goddess dressing.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This Green Goddess Dressing recipe creates about 2 cups or 32 tablespoons, enough for 16 servings of 2 tablespoons each.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
A veggie platter with a dish of green Goddess dressing.

Recipe FAQs

How can I use Green Goddess Dressing?

Salads. Toss Green Goddess with crispy Romaine lettuce for delicious alternative to Caesar. Or dress chopped crisp veggies for an impromptu chopped salad. It’s a thicker dressing, though, so toss gently and thin it out with more lemon juice, if needed.
Vegetables. Raw or roasted vegetables (warm or at room temperature) taste even better when drizzled with herbaceous Green Goddess Dressing.
Dip. Pita chips, meatballs, veggie sticks; you name it.
Marinade. Some cooks swear by marinating chicken in Green Goddess before grilling or roasting. To use this dressing as a marinade, in a glass baking dish or plastic zip-top bag, add the dressing to the raw protein of your choice. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Cook protein as desired, discarding any extra marinade.
Sandwiches. A dollop on a BLT sandwich, a drizzle as part of a veggie wrap, or a schmear inside a grilled tomato and cheese? Yes, please!
Chicken dip. Instead of, or in addition to, ketchup and mustard, offer Green Goddess Dressing as a dunking option for chicken strips. Kids (and kids at heart) will go wild.

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A small bowl of green goddess dressing surrounded by raw vegetables.

Green Goddess Dressing

Loaded with fresh herbs and ready in 5 minutes, this easy Green Goddess Dressing recipe is so much better than store-bought. The homemade salad dressing is dreamy as a dip, sandwich spread, or marinade.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 16 servings (2 tbsp each)
Course Pantry, Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 98

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup parsley leaves (see note 1)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (see note 2)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (see note 3)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a food processor or blender, add parsley, chives, tarragon, garlic, and lemon zest and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper) and chill.

Notes

  1. Fresh parsley, chives, and tarragon: In a pinch, you can make this homemade salad dressing with dried herbs; just let the dressing sit a little longer before using it so the herbs can hydrate. And if you’re using tarragon, use a little extra because dried tarragon isn’t as powerful as fresh.
  2. Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt: You’ll need 6 ounces or ¾ cup of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt; any fat level (although I prefer full-fat!). Alongside an equal amount of mayo, either lends the just-right amount of tang and creaminess to this homemade salad dressing.
  3. Worcestershire sauce: This mimics the flavor of anchovies that you’re familiar with in other salad dressings, such as Caesar, but in a pantry staple format. Of course if you prefer to blend in an anchovy or two, do you.
  4. Yield: This Green Goddess Dressing recipe creates about 2 cups or 32 tablespoons, enough for 16 servings of 2 tablespoons each.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 82mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 452IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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