Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

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!

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Our inspiration to eat the way we do now was a book called Food Matters by Mark Bittman. In the book, he challenged readers to start buying foods at the grocery made of 5 ingredients or less. At the time, this was a big step for us. Meals for me generally consisted of what I’ll call “pastry pockets filled with meat and cheese” or breakfast cereal. This new way of eating meant getting rid of those 2-year-old salad dressing bottles in our refrigerator and opting for homemade dressings. We were surprised at how easy it was, and haven’t bought a bottle in years. Though there are many great dressings out there that are not full of preservatives, we generally opt for making our own since it’s easy and we know exactly what it’s made of (and they taste incredible!).

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What is Green Goddess dressing?

Green Goddess dressing was apparently fairly popular in the 1970’s and 80’s, but stems back to San Francisco in the 1920’s. The most accepted theory about its origin is that the executive 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 dressing the chef created contained anchovies, scallions, mayonnaise, and herbs (parsley, tarragon, and chives). After it was originally made in the 1920’s, there have been various renditions of the popular Green Goddess dressing using different herbs and flavorings. After all with a name like Green Goddess, who wouldn’t want to try a rendition?

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How to make Green Goddess dressing

While it’s a little more involved than the typical vinaigrette, this Green Goddess dressing is so so worth to blend up. We’ve called this version “healthy” Green Goddess, since the standard is generally made with a lot of mayonnaise and sour cream, which can sometimes feel heavy. This version is light and fresh, based on a Mexican Green Goddess dressing in Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good. With a Greek yogurt base, it’s a bit lighter but just as flavorful as the standard counterpart. The main flavors we’ve used here are cilantro, green onions, and jalapeño pepper, so it’s retained a bit of Mexican flair. I know we’ll be making this one in the future; it’s incredibly versatile and makes a pile of raw vegetables taste like heaven!

We used our healthy Green Goddess dressing in these Tortilla Bowl Salads for a healthy weeknight meal! Ever wanted to make your food into dishes? These tortilla bowls are super simple to whip up and kids love them.

Related: Another way to use this dressing — Green Goddess Salad Bowls

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This recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.


Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

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  • 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.


Adapted from Plenty by Gwyneth Paltrow

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


  • Serving Size: 2 TBSP

Keywords: green goddess dressing

Green Goddess Salad Dressing
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    Megan @ The Cooking Canvas
    February 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I love the color of this dressing. Not only will this taste great, but make everything on the plate just look even better. Going to dress up some carrots later this week. Thank you!

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    thanks for reminding me of the Mark Bittman challenge. I am sure I can remove a few bottles from my fridge too!

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    February 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This looks delicious and the color is lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing how you use it! Maybe in a chopped salad or as a dip?

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    [email protected]
    February 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    The colour is gorgeous! Definitely going to try this :)

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    February 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I could almost eat this by the spoonful. Love it!

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    February 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I too love the color!
    I’ll need to try the Orange Vinaigrette, since I have some freshly picked oranges right now.

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    February 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    We’re the same as you in that we haven’t purchased salad dressing in a longgg time. We usually just opt for oil/vinegar mix with honey or maple syrup but this is a great alternative. Thanks for posting!

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
    February 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    This sounds simple enough and very yummy. I’m a big fan of Mark Bittman, he writes some excellent articles.

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    March 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Loved this. Just made a huge batch for this week. :) thank you!!!!! You guys are amazing

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    amanda reynolds
    July 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I made this but I didn’t have cilantro or scallions, so I substituted mint. It was this amazing minty spicy dressing, yum!!

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      July 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Mint on hand, huh? Sounds great!

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    September 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I’m a bit confused…what are you doing with the scallions and jalapeno? Are you stirring it in at the end or blending it with the rest of the ingredients? Thanks!

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      September 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Sorry! It all gets blended together :)

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      September 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Great question, Amber! I’ve updated the instructions to be more clear. Thanks so much for asking!

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    January 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    If I hate the taste of cilantro, what herbs could I substitute?

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      January 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      hmmm. I don’t know that there would be a good substitute for this version. You could try removing the jalapeno and lime and adding basil and lemon.

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    February 12, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I could eat this like a soup! So yummy!

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    July 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I love finding new healthy salad dressing recipes! Also, anything with jalapeño is a must-try for me :)

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    December 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    This sounds delicious. I love the use of fresh herbs. However, doesn’t traditional green goddess dressing using tarragon and anchovy paste?

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    January 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Tried the Greek goddess dressing today for the first time and wow I absolutely love it. I’m so glad I was able to get the recipe thanks.

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    November 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    What is the nutritional break down of this please?

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    February 16, 2017 at 4:22 am

    How long does it keep?

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      February 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      It will keep for several days in the fridge.

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    Kathy Amaral
    October 9, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Sooooo yummy!!!! This is one of my favorite salad dressings. I like my dressing a bit thinner so I add a few tablespoons of water to thin it out.

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    June 17, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    No avocado?? ?

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