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Green goddess dressing

  • Author: Mansee
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 1/2 cups


Filled with bright herbs, this green goddess dressing is the perfect summer (or anytime) dip for veggies, grilled or roasted chicken or fish. Thin it out a bit and it's a great alternative for ranch dressing on your favorite salads. This is one of my favorite, most versatile sauces to keep on hand!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (store-bought or homemade. See notes for homemade)
  • 2 cups / 1 oz basil leaves
  • 1 cup / .2 oz roughly chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup / 1/2 oz parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste (or 2 anchovy fillets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or sour cream


  1. Add 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 garlic clove and 2 teaspoons anchovy paste to food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and get the garlic going
  2. Add 2 cups basil, 1 cup green onions, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix until fully combined and smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup yogurt or sour cream
  3. The dressing will last in the fridge for a week.


  • If you want to make homemade mayo for this (highly recommend!), start the recipe this way:
    • Add egg and 1/4 cup oil in food processor. Pulse a few times to blend. Turn the processor on low and sloooowly drizzle in another 3/4 cup of oil. You want to make sure you add the oil slowly so that it emulsifies and creates mayo. Proceed with recipe (yes - you don't even have to clean out the processor!)
  • Anchovies not your thing? That's fine! It just won't be a classic green goddess dressing. I promise you can't taste anything fishy, but you can totally leave it out. You might need to add a bit more salt and lemon to amp up the flavor of your finished dressing, so just keep tasting as you go
  • Make this vegan with vegan mayo, no anchovies (replace with white miso if you'd like) and use coconut yogurt or milk instead of regular yogurt
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Global

Keywords: green goddess dressing, green goddess dip