This Vegan Green Goddess Dressing recipe is made with simple ingredients and healthy fats for a flavorful salad dressing that is easy to make and vegan-friendly. Keep it stocked in your fridge for quick meals and salads!
The Creamy Dressing That Goes With Everything!
I might be biased, but I think this Green Goddess salad dressing recipe is the perfect addition to nearly any meal. Trust me. I’ve tried every variation possible. Whether you drizzle it over a green goddess nourish bowl, toss it with a gluten-free green goddess pasta salad, use it as a sauce on your favorite stir-fry recipe, or serve it as a dip for sweet potato fries, you really can’t go wrong. I can’t take all the credit for this incredible dressing, though. The truth is, it was inspired by an old college favorite!
Back in the good old days, my friends and I would frequent a restaurant known as Mother’s Café. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It was known for serving “peasant bowls,” as they called them. Or, in other words, meals that were both nourishing and affordable. Basically, they were the perfect vegetarian meals!
While the whole place was great, what I loved best was this incredible Green Goddess salad dressing they served. In fact, I loved it so much, I eventually began buying it by the bottle! Obsessed might be an understatement. However, while I loved this dressing, I needed a version that was egg and mayonnaise-free.
Being unwilling to give up my favorite dressing, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it vegan in the process! What resulted was the homemade Green Goddess dressing recipe you’ll see below. By removing all potential allergens, I managed to create a dressing that tastes just as fresh, tangy, and creamy as the original but is also paleo-friendly, low-carb, and can help reduce inflammation. Take a look below to watch how easily it comes together.
What Exactly Is Green Goddess Dressing & How Does It Taste?
Typically, green goddess dressing is a creamy, light-green condiment made out of mayonnaise, sour cream, and various herbs and spices. Due to its texture, green goddess dressing is often compared to a Vegan Caesar dressing -without the anchovies, of course! Known for its healthy qualities, this vegan dressing contains a light and refreshing flavor with a citrus tang to keep things interesting. It’s the perfect option for all your plant-based dressing and dipping sauce needs.
What’s the Difference Between Goddess Dressing and Green Goddess Dressing?
Although their names are similar, goddess dressing and green goddess dressing are not the same things. Typically, goddess dressing is a tahini-based dressing combined with lemon, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and warm spices. Meanwhile, green goddess dressing recipes are known for containing a blend of fresh herbs in a nut-free, dairy-free dressing that has a lighter flavor and consistency than plain goddess dressing.
What Is This Green Goddess Dressing Made Of – Is It Good For You?
Made with vegan ingredients like coconut milk and tamari, this isn’t exactly your traditional green goddess dressing. However, it has all the same flavor you know and love for a low sugar, low carb, and highly delicious recipe everyone can enjoy. Plus, all of the ingredients can easily be found at your local grocery store!
Here’s what you need:
- Avocado – Along with being full of fiber and healthy fats, avocados are also a great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, Folate, vitamin C, Magnesium, and Iron. As a result, adding avocado to your diet can help regulate your digestive system, lower cholesterol, help you absorb more nutrients, and more.
- Green Onions (aka scallions) – One serving of scallions has twice the recommended amount of vitamin K needed for healthy adults! They also contain phytonutrients that help fight cancer and prevent inflammation.
- Fresh Herbs – Flat-leaf parsley, leafy herbs (such as fresh basil leaves, dill, mint, and/or cilantro), and chopped fresh chives create a vibrant, herbaceous flavor.
- Coconut Milk – Primarily composed of medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk can help improve cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight. It is used in recipes like banana coconut milk nice cream as an allergy-friendly way to achieve a creamy texture and rich flavor.
- Garlic – Tiny but mighty, fresh garlic contains a little bit of nearly every vitamin and nutrient you need. Adding it to your diet can help prevent colds, reduce blood pressure, and lower the risk of heart disease. Medicinal properties and flavor for the win!
- Lemon Juice – Loaded with vitamin C, lemon juice brightens the flavor of the green goddess dressing and can help boost your immunity!
- Tamari – Used in place of anchovies, this helps keep our green goddess dressing vegan. It has a strong umami flavor that adds depth to the dish and can be used to enhance natural flavors.
Note: To guarantee your tamari is completely gluten-free, be sure to find one that is certified gluten-free. Or, just opt for coconut aminos instead.
- Olive Oil or Avocado Oil – While any oil will work with this recipe, I recommend extra virgin olive oil. My personal favorite for making salad dressing is pure olive oil or naturally refined avocado oil. They are both neutral in flavor and are loaded with heart-healthy benefits, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, they’re super versatile oils that can be used for dressings, pan frying, grilling, baking, and more.
How to Make an Easy Vegan Green Goddess Salad Dressing!
This homemade salad dressing comes together with minimal prep time and simple instructions.
- Combine. Add all the ingredients except the salt, pepper, and oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Add salt and pepper, and blend again. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
- Thin. Using full-fat coconut milk will create a thicker dressing. If you prefer a thinner consistency, opt for light coconut milk. Or, drizzle in olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time, keeping the blender running.
- Enjoy! Use your dressing right away, or transfer it to the fridge for later.
Ingredient Swap: If preferred, tahini can be substituted for the avocado. It creates a slightly richer flavor and a creamier consistency. However, it does help the dressing stay fresh for longer. Note – Using tahini versus avocado will create a lighter green color dressing. See photos below.
Storing Vegan Salad Dressing
Personally, I recommend making a second batch of this Green Goddess dressing, because it will go fast. However, if you can manage to keep it for more than a day, this vegan Green Goddess dressing should be kept in an airtight container or mason in the refrigerator. There it will last up to 3-4 days if avocado is used or 5-7 days if the dressing is tahini based.
Honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you ate this Green Goddess dressing with a spoon. However, if you’re looking for meal ideas, it’s great on salads, sandwiches, bowls, burgers, and more. I love to add it to salads like this strawberry spinach salad or my kale salad Or, you can use it as a dip with these Swiss chard wraps or fresh veggies. Really, there’s no way you can go wrong!
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