Green Goddess Dressing


I made you a bowl of greens.

Eat this while I eat some french fries and cake balls.


A few weeks ago I made a SANDWICH inspired by Green Goddess Dressing.

What I didn’t tell you about that sandwich was that it was just an excuse to buy soft, white, sandwich bread so I could make myself late night cinnamon-sugar toast.



But!  It turns out that the sandwich inspired me to make the real-deal dressing.

And the dressing inspired me to make this real-deal mess in my kitchen.

(This) Green Goddess Dressing is:

Creamy, tangy, thick, packed with spinach, fresh tarragon, fresh basil, scallions, parsley, mint and mustard.  Lemon too.  It’s thick and delicious.  It’s good for you.  It’s a really great alternative to ranch dressing.  It’s lower in fat and has spinach in it.  I don’t feel nearly as bad about chugging this dressing.



I tossed this gorgeous dressing on home grown lettuce.  Fresh clipped lettuce.  Lettuce that came from the dirt behind my house.

I, however, did not grow this lettuce.  I have a black thumb.  Not a green thumb.  I have a thumb for making cookies, not for growing green things.

I exchange fresh lettuce for fresh biscuits and slices of cake.

David is a great neighbor and master gardener.  He also talks to my cat through the screen.  My cat talks back.  I like this.


If you don’t like salad, maybe you’re the kind of person that likes COOKIES.  You probably are.  You look like a cookie person.


No?  You want a FRUIT CRUMBLE!?  Fine then.  Geez.  Chill out.


No?  You want a KITTEN?  Come and take him.  We’ll have to arm wrestle for him though… and I totally cheat. So.  Yea.  Let’s do it.

Green Goddess Dressing

makes: 1 1/2 cups dressing

inspired by Epicurious

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1 cup non-fat plain yogurt

1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used low fat olive oil mayo)

1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves

small handful fresh tarragon leaves (about 3 tablespoons)

small handful fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley

1/4 cup diced scallions

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

1 small garlic clove

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fit with a blade attachment.  There is no need to chop the spinach or herbs.  The food processor will do all the work for you.  Do be sure to slice the scallions.  Pulse all of the ingredients in the food processor until the begin to combine.  Pulse for 5 seconds at a time until all of the greens are minced and well incorporated into the dressing.  Taste.  Add salt and pepper as necessary.  Add a touch more olive oil or a bit of water to create a thinner consistency.

If you don’t have a food processor, this recipe will also work in a blender.  I chopped all of my herbs and greens before adding to the blender.  This helps ensure that all of the greens break down evenly.  Combine all ingredients and blend.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add water and olive oil to thin the consistency, if desired.

If you don’t have a food processor or a blender, this recipe can be made by hand… with just a little elbow grease.  Finely chop spinach, herbs, scallions and garlic.  Really mince them fine.  Whisk herbs together with the rest of the ingredients.  Really give it a good stirring with the whisk.  Add salt and pepper to taste and serve as a dip of as a salad dressing.

Dressing will last 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


98 thoughts on “Green Goddess Dressing

  1. You can grow lettuce I promise – its stupid easy. I kill most house plants but I can grow lettuce no problem. Isn’t awesome when you cut it it kind of bleeds that white liquid its so fresh!

  2. Joy,
    Takes me way back. I recall Green Goddess being the big thing back in the 60s. Nice to see a comeback. And nice to see that your recipe omits the anchovies that are often added. I hate them. So I like your take. I’ll make it. You’ll need to keep your cat. We already have two that get into enough trouble on their own without another partner in crime.

  3. This dressing looks so refreshing, and a change from my normal balsamic. Keep the cat, mine just tore the paper towels up all over the kitchen and is currently eating the flowers. Classy guy he is. But I may arm wrestle you for those cookies.

  4. Like the other commenters, I have heard many great things about Green Goddess dressing all over the internet! However, I’ve never tried it. Thanks for the recipe, Joy! I can’t wait to try it out!

  5. But really. I want that cat. Under my shirt. Not in a weird way, just all snuggly and what not. Anyway…

  6. I’m not usually a dressing person and much prefer my salad ‘naked’ but I could be tempted by this as it has some of my favourite ingredients in. Thanks Joy, maybe I’ll be converted to grown up food yet…

  7. All of this looks incredibly appetizing, per usual, but what I’m really jealous about? The fact that you have screens! And warm weather that allows you to have screen doors flung open so nice neighbors can talk to your cat. I just have lots of grey, rainy weather with a heavy dose of construction works across the street who holla at me through my windows. At least I feel loved!

  8. I have heard much of this green goddess dressing, but this is the first time I’ve seen a recipe for it. I think I’ll have to make a big ole jar and keep it in the fridge for spontaneous salad urges.

    I let my little black slip of a cat chirp at birds on our shared hallway/balcony. My neighbour’s dog is fascinated by him, but my cat does not reciprocate those feelings. My neighbour told me the other day that the dog is a ‘child of divorce’, and spends half his time at another house where there are cats. I feel for sweet divorcedog, but cats are tragically set in their ways. Which is my way of saying neighbours are the best.

  9. I’ve heard about green godess so much on blogs, but never had it (I’m in the UK), so I think I’ll have to try this recipe this weekend. Then I’ll know. :-)

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