This healthy green goddess dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is great on salads or as a vegetable dip. Perfect for weeknight meals!

Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

Alex and I eat the way we do because of a book. It’s called Food Matters. In it, author Mark Bittman challenges readers to start buying foods made of 5 ingredients or less. At the time, this was a huge step for us. Meals generally consisted of what I’ll call “pastry pockets filled with meat and cheese” or breakfast cereal. (OK, we ate hot pockets.)

This new way of eating meant starting new habits. We got rid of those 2-year-old salad dressing bottles collecting dust in our refrigerator in favor of our own homemade salad dressing. We were surprised at how easy it was! To this day, we always make it at home. Making your own salad dressing is easy, you know exactly what it’s made of, and it tastes incredible! So hold onto your hats, because this zesty homemade green goddess dressing is drop dead delicious.

What is Green Goddess dressing?

What’s the dressing behind this intriguing name? All the rage in the 1970’s and 80’s, Green Goddess actually stems back to San Francisco in the 1920’s. There’s some contention around the exact origin. But the most popular theory is that the chef of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco created a dish to page homage to a famous actor in a play called The Green Goddess.

The Green goddess dressing the chef created in the 20’s had anchovies, scallions, mayonnaise, and herbs (parsley, tarragon, and chives). There have been various renditions ever since, using different herbs and flavorings. After all with a name like Green Goddess, who wouldn’t want to try a rendition? And Alex and I were inspired to try our own healthy spin.

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Cilantro & lime

Why you must try this zesty, healthy version

Here’s why you must try our rendition of this popular dressing! We call our zesty, healthy Green Goddess dressing. While it’s a little more involved than the typical vinaigrette, this Green Goddess is so so worth blending up. Here’s what makes our version special:

  • It’s made with Greek yogurt. The classic Green Goddess dressing is made with mayonnaise and sour cream, which can feel heavy. This version is light and fresh, made with Greek yogurt. But it’s just as flavorful as it’s classic counterpart.
  • Cilantro, green onion and jalapeño add a zesty flair. This dressing is loosely adapted from a Mexican Green Goddess dressing in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. We loved the idea of using cilantro, green onions, and jalapeño pepper to bring big flavor.
Tortilla Bowls with Green Goddess Dressing

10 best ways to serve Green Goddess dressing

This healthy Green Goddess dressing is incredibly versatile and makes a pile of raw vegetables taste like heaven! Here are the best ways we’ve found to use it:

  1. As a dip: Dip in carrot sticks and prepare to fall in love.
  2. On a wedge salad: Add a new spin on our Classic Wedge Salad. (Keep the potato chips!)
  3. In a tortilla bowl salad: These Tortilla Bowl Salads work for a healthy weeknight meal! These tortilla bowls are super simple to whip up.
  4. On a grain bowl: Cook up a pot of whole grains like rice or quinoa, then top with veggies and dressing. Try our Green Goddess Salad Bowls.
  5. Load on a baked potato or sweet potato: Oh yes. Try our Mexican Sweet Potatoes or Instant Pot sweet potatoes.
  6. Dip for fries. Right? Try our Restaurant-Style Baked Fries or Crispy Sweet Potato Fries.
  7. Drizzle onto salmon. A perfect sauce! Try on our 10-Minute Baked Salmon or Easy Cedar Plank Salmon.
  8. On roasted veggies: These Cumin Roasted Carrots would look lovely with a pastel green drizzle.
  9. Speaking of roasted veggies: How perfect would it be dolloped onto Garlic Roasted Broccoli?
  10. In tacos: Of course, this zesty Green Goddess dressing would make any taco tastier. Try our Epic 5 Minute Tacos or Shrimp Tacos with this as a sauce.
Green goddess dressing

Looking for more homemade salad dressing recipes?

Making homemade salad dressing is cheaper and healthier than store-bought dressing! Aside from this Green Goddess dressing, here are other homemade salad dressing recipes you should try:

This Green Goddess dressing recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

Last updated June 23, 2019

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Zesty Green Goddess Dressing

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x


This healthy green goddess dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is great on salads or as a vegetable dip. Perfect for weeknight meals!


  • 2 green onions (scallions)
  • ½ green jalapeño pepper
  • ⅔ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup lightly packed cilantro
  • Juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey


  1. Chop the green onions. Seed and dice the jalapeño pepper.
  2. Place the green onions and jalapeno pepper in the cup of an immersion blender (or in a blender). Add the Greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, kosher salt, and maple syrup or honey. Blend to combine. Transfer to an airtight container; the dressing stores in the refrigerator for 1 week.


  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 TBSP

Keywords: green goddess dressing

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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