Dress up your salads with this bright and delicious salad dressing recipe.

Green Goddess dressing combines fresh herbs in a creamy, flavorful base for a perfect salad topper or dip.

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What is Green Goddess Dressing?

  • It’s a creamy, tangy salad dressing or dip typically made with fresh herbs and anchovies (for umami), which give it its signature color and bold flavors.
  • Add it to a chef’s salad, drizzle over romaine salad, or fresh summer tomatoes.
  • Get creative with herb blends, acids (vinegar, lemon, or lime juice), or substituting other briny alternatives to the anchovies, such as capers.
oil garlic sour cream green onion vinegar mayonnaise anchovy and herbs with labels to make Green Goddess Dressing

Ingredients for Green Goddess Dressing

  • Herbs – Green Goddess dressing is packed with fresh herbs. In addition to parsley, try cilantro, dill, basil, tarragon, or mint.
  • Anchovies – Anchovies are traditional in this dressing and add a salty and savory flavor. You can replace anchovy with capers if you’d prefer.
  • Onions & Garlic – Use fresh garlic and green onions, or swap green onions for chives for a milder flavor. For a bolder flavor, use red onion.
  • Vinegar – Use white vinegar to keep the color green. Lemon or lime juice can be substituted.
  • Base – Full-fat mayonnaise is best as reduced fat tends to be a bit sweeter. Sour cream or Greek yogurt can be used interchangeably in this dressing.


  • Experiment with different herb blends to create a different dressing or dip every time you make it.

How to Make Green Goddess Dressing

This flavorful dressing is a snap to make in minutes!

  1. Place parsley, anchovies, olive oil, onions, garlic, and vinegar in a food processor and pulse until combined, (recipe below).
  2. Add mayonnaise and sour cream and pulse a few times more, scraping the bowl if necessary.
  3. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Ways to Use Green Goddess Dressing

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Storing Green Goddess Dressing

Store green goddess dressing it in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Green Goddess Dressing

Homemade Green Goddess dressing is a herby fresh dressing – perfect for salads and dipping!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8


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  • ¾ cup flat leaf parsley (lightly packed)
  • ¾ cup fresh herbs use any combination of additional flat leaf parsley, tarragon, cilantro, mint, basil, or dill
  • 1-2 anchovy filets or 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 green onion cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • teaspoon salt


  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine parsley, herbs, anchovy (or capers), green onion, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Pulse 3 to 4 times to chop.
  • Add mayonnaise, sour cream, and salt. Pulse a few more times to combine, scraping the sides as needed.
  • Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.


Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 272 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
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  1. This Green Goddess Dressing Recipe is excellent. I made it without anchovies. Do you think leaving them out will extend the life of the dressing beyond 3 days? Thanks.5 stars

    1. Hi Judy, we find it tastes best if enjoyed within a few days of making. Raw garlic also carries a risk of botulism if stored longer so to be safe we recommend enjoy it within 3 days.

      1. I figured raw garlic could last a long time in the fridge, good to know.

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