This 5 ingredient Avocado Green Goddess Dressing is so easy to make and can double as a nutritious salad dressing or flavorful dip that will have you returning again and again to that plate of freshly chopped veg! Avocado replaces the typical dairy cream base making it vegan while providing nourishing plant-based fats.
It still blows my mind that I used to congratulate myself for diving into an undressed salad (no more time for food guilt around here!) As a dietitian I am a huge fan of including that nourishing and satiating fat — and this creamy Avocado Green Goddess Dressing hits all the spots!
In this recipe, I put my own spin on Green Goddess Dressing, bringing you a punch of tang from the citrus and garlic, and the perfect creamy texture from the avocado to give that satisfying taste that will have you craving those dark leafy greens.
Because I don’t use the typical dairy cream base, this salad dressing (and dip!) recipe is totally vegan and plant-based!!
So what exactly IS Green Goddess Dressing and why’s it all the rage? Let’s dive in!
What is Green Goddess Dressing?
I love Green goddess as another creamy salad dressing or dip option (these homemade caesar salad and ranch dressings are other household faves!). Packed full of delicious green herbs, it’s one of my go-to dressings for any salad or grain bowl. I love it’s versatility and that I can batch prep it on Sunday and use it throughout the week to add a ton of flavor to any dish.
What is Green Goddess Dressing made of?
Typically, you will find mayo, sour cream and anchovies along with lemon, garlic, and green herbs on the ingredient list. For this recipe, I wanted to put a vegan spin on it and replaced the mayo and sour cream with fresh avocado. Not only does avocado replace the creaminess from the mayo and sour cream, it’s also packed full of healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants.
Often, different herbs are incorporated in this dressing. Today I’m using a combo of basil, parsley and cilantro but you can use any herbs leftover in your fridge or fresh from your garden.
How to use Green Goddess Dressing and what to eat it with?
You can use this tasty recipe as a dressing, dip, or even a sandwich spread. Note: If using for a dip, I recommend that you leave it in the fridge for a couple hours so it can thicken up.
I also love adding it to charcuterie platters for an extra pop of color!
- Use it as a dip for crackers, pita or veggies
- Use it as a dressing for your favorite salads. Here are a few salads on the blog that it would taste delicious with:
- Use it as a dressing for any grain bowl. Swap it for either of the dressings in this Buddha Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing or this Green Goddess Glow Bowl with Cilantro Lime Cashew Pesto
What does Green Goddess Dressing taste like?
Green goddess dressing is super creamy with a smooth and velvety texture—a bit like caesar dressing. It is packed with flavor with lemon notes and fresh herb and leafy green notes. It’s light on the palate, but brings some heartiness to your greens, making it the perfect addition for a super satisfying salad!
How to Make Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
Typically, a green goddess salad dressing combines some type of green (like spinach) or herbs (like cilantro, basil, or parsley) with a cream base (like yogurt, sour cream, mayo—or avocado ). It often includes garlic and lemon to really make the flavor pop! In this recipe, I use olive oil and provide the option of nutritional yeast or parmesan for a caesar-like taste!
Ingredient swaps for Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
AVOCADO: To keep it vegan, swap for your fave plain vegan yogurt. If you don’t need or want a vegan version, you can swap the avocado for any thick dairy products like Greek yogurt, mayo or sour cream.
LEMON JUICE: You can use any citrus juice. Try it with lime or even orange if you want to get adventurous.
HERBS: The options are endless for this one! Try the classic green onion, basil, parsley and tarragon or mix it up by adding cilantro, mint or dill. If you really want to get adventurous, you can add in some leafy greens like spinach or arugula.
How to meal prep Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
You can totally batch prep green goddess dressing. Depending on the size of the crowd, make as is (for 4-6 servings) or double it up for larger crowns. It will keep in the fridge up to 5 days.
* Note: It may thicken as it rests so make sure you shake it before use and add a little bit of water or oil for desired consistency if needed.
How to store it – and can you freeze it?
Fridge: You can keep your green goddess dressing in the fridge for up to five days, and after that it’ll start to taste a little funky, so it’s not suggested to use it past then.
Freezer: You can also freeze green goddess dressing in a freezer bag or container for 2-3 weeks. You may find ingredients a bit lumpy, soggy, or less fresh tasting once thawed. An easy fix is to shake or blend it back up and add a bit more lemon juice or fresh herbs to freshen it up if you like!
Nutrition Benefits of Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
AVOCADOS: Contain a ton of vital nutrients, including the harder-to-find folate, magnesium, copper (42% of our daily recommendation!), and manganese. They’re also rich in antioxidants (and skin-loving!) Vitamins C, E, as well as Vitamin K. To boot, the fat content of avocados should not be feared! Our bodies require fat to support cell function, protect our organs, and produce important hormones. Not to mention, dietary fat keeps us feeling full and satisfied longer after eating.
GARLIC: Garlic isn’t just an aromatic. These little nuggets of flavor are known to boost your immune system and a single clove is packed full of magnesium and Vitamins B6 and C.
CILANTRO: Cilantro contains antioxidant Vitamins A and C and is also known to support natural detoxification and support overall skin health.
Did you make this delicious avocado green goddess dressing? If so, be sure to post a photo of how you used it! And feel free to tag me on Instagram @lindsaypleskot so I can see your creations! It makes me so happy to see these recipes come to life in your kitchens! And if you enjoy the recipe, it would make my day if you would leave a comment and star rating below—I love hearing your feedback and answering your questions! xoPrint
Turning every imaginable veggie into a satisfying and yummy treat, this vegan Green Goddess Dressing can be used either as a salad drizzle or a scrumptious dip—to keep you returning again and again to that plate of freshly chopped veg. It brings you a punch of tang from the citrus and garlic, and a soothing creamy texture to keep you happily gobbling up your dark leafy greens! Because it doesn’t use the typical dairy cream base (I use nutrient-packed avocado instead) this salad dressing (and dip!) recipe is scrumptiously vegan, plant-based, and animal-friendly!
1 avocado (or sub for 1 cup Greek or vegan yogurt, mayonnaise, or sour cream)
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 1 tbsp)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp warm water
Coarse ground salt + fresh-cracked pepper
Fresh herbs (approx 1 cup) – I used basil, parsley, cilantro (or sub for mint, dill, or tarragon)
(For a ceasar-ish dressing, add 2-4 tbsp nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese)
1. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients.
2. Pulse on high until super smooth and creamy.
3. Add 2-4 tbsp nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese (Optional. This gives it a cheesier taste)
4. Drizzle on your salad greens or put in a bowl to dip your fresh veggies. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Salads, Main Dishes
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: North American
Keywords: salad dressing, creamy dressing, vegan dressing, green goddess dressing