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May 8, 2023

Green Goddess Dressing

This fresh and herbaceous salad dressing is packed with fresh basil and parsley and is thickened with a tangy goat cheese base.


Homemade green goddess dressing in a glass jar with a spoon surrounded by fresh basil on the counter
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Channel Your Inner Goddess With Our Best Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

You had us at green goddess. A more magnificent recipe name does not exist! We’re picturing flowing hair, and a world where everyone laughs at salads. Or, more realistically, a salad covered in a delicious cheese and herb-filled dressing. You’ve had your favorite Panera Green Goddess dressing and Trader Joe’s Green Goddess dressing, and possibly the OG Seven Seas Green Goddess dressing. Now you can make up a batch of our easy green goddess dressing and transport yourself to a dreamy green goddess world from scratch at home.

goat cheese, olive oil, green onions, basil, parsley, garlic, fish sauce, lemon juice, pepper, and salt in prep bowls

What Is Green Goddess Salad Dressing?

Green goddess dressing is a classic salad dressing that is attributed to a chef at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel in the 1920s. It is a riff on a very old French recipe for sauce au vert (literally “green sauce”), and is generally a blend of fresh tarragon, chives, and chervil, a dash of umami, and a creamy base. The original green goddess dressing recipe calls for mayonnaise and sour cream as a base, with anchovies providing an umami boost. More modern takes will include avocados and basil, and sometimes using Greek yogurt for the creamy base. Our homemade green goddess dressing calls for a few variations on the original, which we think you’ll be delighted to discover.

goat cheese, olive oil, fresh herbs, fish sauce, lemon juice, pepper & salt in a blender to make green goddess dressing

How To Make Green Goddess Dressing

Making homemade salad dressing is quite easy. Gather all of your ingredients, and blend in a blender or food processor. The consistency of your dressing can be altered by adding more olive oil.

  1. Pick the leaves from the basil and parsley. If you’re in a hurry, you can definitely toss in the leaves and the stems, but we find that removing the leaves from the stems lends itself to a smoother dressing. If you have other herbs (cilantro, dill, and mint are great candidates) lingering in your fridge’s crisper, you can throw those in too!

  2. Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a blender or the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, slowly add more olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.

green goddess dressing in a blender made with goat cheese, olive oil, fresh herbs, fish sauce, lemon juice, pepper & salt

A Few More Thoughts On Green Goddess Dressing

  • Is Green Goddess Dressing Healthy? While the healthfulness of this or that food is a challenging question to answer, we think of our version as a healthy green goddess dressing because we call for goat cheese as the fat instead of mayonnaise. Goat cheese offers more protein and vitamins than mayo, and is generally less processed than store-bought mayonnaise. In general, homemade salad dressings are healthier than store-bought dressing.

  • What does green goddess dressing taste like? Green goddess is like a walk through an herb garden, with a fresh squeeze of lemon. Its creamy texture is thicker than some salad dressings, but the tanginess of the goat cheese in our recipe for green goddess dressing isn’t as heavy as mayonnaise-based green goddess dressing.

  • What is in green goddess dressing? In addition to herbs, a creamy base, fresh lemon juice, and garlic, green goddess dressing calls upon anchovies for an umami touch. We use fish sauce in our version–it’s easier and less messy, and we always have a bottle of fish sauce stocked in our fridge.

homemade green goddess dressing in a glass jar being scooped with a spoon

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Green Goddess Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 168


  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 green onions, ends trimmed
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  1. In the base of a blender or food processor, combine the goat cheese, olive oil, green onions, basil, parsley, garlic, fish sauce, lemon juice, pepper, and salt. Blend until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add more olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time.
  2. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories168
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol17 mg
  • sodium317 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Green Goddess Dressing

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  • Jenn

    I am so excited about this recipe! I love making my own salad dressing and this one is delicious. The goat cheese in it is absolutely mouth watering! Thanks TMP!

    Thanks Jenn, glad you love it!