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Whip up this fresh Green Goddess salad recipe when you need a side dish to impress! It’s bright and herby, loaded with green veggies.

Green Goddess Salad
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Craving green things? Here’s a salad that’s fresh, tasty, and absolutely irresistible: Green Goddess Salad! It features everything green: green cabbage, cucumber, romaine and green onions, all tossed together with that famous herby Green Goddess dressing. This one pairs perfectly with pizza or makes a simple lunch with some sides. Or, transform it into a main dish with shrimp, salmon, chickpeas, or chicken. Give it a taste and you’ll become as obsessed as we are!

Ingredients in Green Goddess salad

This Green Goddess salad takes the popular dressing of the same name and pairs it with crunchy green veggies and herbs. It’s similar to a chopped salad, beautifully monochrome with different shades of green. It’s not the TikTok Green Goddess salad (look it up separately to find the recipe!), but social media did have a big hand in popularizing this concept! Here’s what you’ll need for this Green Goddess salad:

  • Green cabbage
  • Romaine
  • English cucumber
  • Green onion (scallions)
  • Chopped chives, oregano, dill, or tarragon
  • Green goddess dressing: garlic, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, parsley, basil, lemon juice, anchovy paste, salt

If you’d like, you can add a few Parmesan shavings to this salad to heighten the savory flavors. We love it both ways!

Green goddess dressing

A few notes on Green Goddess dressing

This Green Goddess salad recipe uses classic Green Goddess dressing, a creamy dressing that originated in the 1920’s.

  • The original Green Goddess dressing had anchovies, scallions, mayonnaise, and herbs, including parsley, tarragon, and chives. There have been various renditions ever since, using different herbs and flavorings. 
  • This dressing recipe is similar to the classic, with a little Greek yogurt to make the flavor lighter and brighter! It does call for anchovy paste, which adds big flavor, but you can remove it for a vegetarian version and substitute more salt.
  • The Tik Tok Green Goddess salad uses a vegan dressing made with nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemons, nuts, and tons of herbs. We prefer making a classic Green Goddess dressing which uses ingredients we normally have on hand, and with fewer herbs to keep it budget-friendly.
Green Goddess Salad

Go big on herbs

When it comes to Green Goddess, the more herbs the better! Of course, this can get a little expensive if you’re buying them all at the store.

  • It’s best to make this recipe in the summer when herbs are abundant. Growing herbs in pots on a sunny ledge is simple: you don’t even need garden space.
  • This recipe is best with chopped herbs mixed into the greens. You can use chopped chives, dill, oregano or tarragon for great results.
  • The Green Goddess dressing also calls for herbs. Our recipe uses fresh parsley, which is easy to find and inexpensive. It also uses basil, which is more expensive — feel free to substitute the basil with any of the herbs in the greens, or vice versa.

Variations on Green Goddess salad

There are lots of ways to dress up or change this salad but keep its Green Goddess identity! Here are a few variations:

Green Goddess Salad

Serving and storage notes

This Green Goddess salad tastes best right away! It does store refrigerated for a few days, but it can become watery over time. For best results, store the salad separate from the dressing, and add the dressing right before serving.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below.

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This Green Goddess salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, use Vegan Caesar or Avocado Dressing and blend in the listed herbs.

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Green Goddess Salad

Green Goddess Salad

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Whip up this fresh Green Goddess salad recipe when you need a side dish to impress! It’s bright and herby, loaded with green veggies.



For the salad

  • 1/2 green cabbage (4 cups chopped)
  • 1 romaine heart (3 cups chopped)
  • 1 English cucumber, thin sliced, then quartered
  • 3 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 1 large handful chopped chives, oregano, dill, tarragon or other herbs, chopped (optional but recommended)
  • Parmesan shavings (optional)

For the dressing

  • 1 very small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, loosely packed
  • ¼ cup basil leaves or other herbs, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon anchovy paste (or omit and use another ¼ teaspoon kosher salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the vegetables as noted above and place them in a large bowl. Toss with ½ teaspoon salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  2. Make the dressing: Place all ingredients in a food processor, smaller blender or the cup of an immersion blender (also works in a standard blender). Blend to combine. Taste and add another pinch of salt if necessary.
  3. Add the dressing and toss with the salad, adding Parmesan shavings to garnish if using. Taste add additional salt if desired. Eat immediately. If making in advance, leave the dressing separate from the vegetables until serving.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!