Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

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This 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 nutritious salads!   

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I have a confession to make. You see the Vegan Green Goddess dressing above? Pretty, right? Well, it was anyway. Now, it’s fanished, and it only took me a day and a half to finish it off! Clearly, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that this vegan dressing is addictive. In the best possible way! You’re welcome!

The Creamy Dressing That Goes With Everything! 

I mean, it’s the perfect addition to nearly any meal. Trust me. I’ve tried them all. From being drizzled over Nourish Bowls, used as a sauce on stir frys, or used 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 Cafe. Maybe you’ve heard of it? They were 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! Sort of like my Snappy Plant Power Balance Bowls

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While the whole place was great, what I loved best was this incredible Green Goddess salad 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 most favorite dressing, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it vegan in the process! What resulted was this 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. 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 dressing needs. 

Vegan Dressing Ingredients & Health Perks!

This homemade vegan salad dressing is made with natural ingredients making it low sugar, low carb, and highly delicious. Plus, all of the ingredients can easily be found at your local grocery store. Keep reading to create your grocery list and find out the benefits of each ingredient. 

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Avocado – Along with being great sources 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. Adding avocado to your diet can help regulate your digestive system, lower cholesterol, help you absorb more nutrients, and more. 

Tahini Option – Made out of ground sesame seeds, tahini is full of healthy fats and antioxidants that reduce inflammation, fight cancer, and protects your liver and kidneys from damage.

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.

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 as an allergy-friendly way to achieve a creamy texture and rich flavor.

Parsley – Rich in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It’s an easy low-calorie way to make nearly any dish taste great.

Basil – Long used in medicinal practices, Basil is high in vitamin K and contains plant compounds that have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Tamari Tamari is a gluten-free, allergy-friendly soy sauce alternative. It has a strong umami flavor that adds depth and can be used to enhance natural flavors. 

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.

Lemon Juice – Loaded with vitamin C, lemon juice can help boost your immunity!

Garlic – Garlic is low in calories but 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!

Olive Oil or Avocado Oil – While any oil will work with this recipe, I recommend olive oil. My personal favorite for making salad dressing is pure olive oil or naturally refined avocado flavor. They are both neutral in flavor but loaded with heart healthy benefits, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it’s a super versatile oil that can be used for dressings, pan frying, grilling, baking, and more. 

How to Make an Easy Vegan Salad Dressing! 

This homemade salad dressing comes together in just 2 steps. All you have to do is toss the ingredients except for the oil into a food processor, and pulse it until they’re smooth. Then, leaving the blender running, slowly add in the oil until the desired consistency has been reached. To finish add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Then, if you want a thinner dressing, slowly add in up to 2 Tablespoons of extra water or coconut milk. 

Note: Using tahini in place of avocado will create a thinner texture. To create a thicker consistency and a rich flavor profile, feel free to use 1/4 cup tahini and 2 slices of avocado instead of one or the other. 

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 Green Goddess dressing should be kept in an airtight container 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. 

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Serving Suggestions

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, and more. I love to add it to salads like this Strawberry Spinach Salad or my Seasonal Paleo Cobb Salad. Or, I use it as a dip with these Swiss Chard Salad Wraps. Really, there’s no way you can go wrong! 

Looking for more? Take a look at these great Vegan dressings!

Let me know how you use this dressing in the comments below, and stay tuned for more great recipes every week. 

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Vegan Green Goddess Dressing



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes

  • Total Time:
    5 minutes

  • Yield:
    3/4-1 cup

  • Diet:
    Vegan

Description

This 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 nutritious salads!  


Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado (peeled) or 1/3 cup tahini. Both help create creamy taste/texture. See notes*
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions/green onions (white parts removed)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk 
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed (chopped/torn) parsley
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil and/or chive (loosely chopped before measuring)
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari sauce (use coconut aminos for Whole 30)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper each (to taste)
  • Olive oil as needed (1/4 to 1/3 cup)
  • Thinner consistency option – Add water/non dairy milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients (minus the olive oil) in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and combined.
  2. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency is formed. Taste and add more salt/pepper, lemon juice, or both, if needed. For thinner dressing, blend in 2 Tablespoons extra of water or milk.
  3. Use right away or place in a sealed container and refrigerate for later. This dressing will keep well in the fridge for 5 to 7 days. If using avocado, the dressing will last 3-4 days. Add a splash of lemon juice after each use (for the avocado version) to keep it fresh.

Notes

Tahini creates thinner texture and the dressing will last longer in the fridge vs using avocado. I also like using both together (1/4 tahini and 2 slices of avocado) for a richer texture/flavor.

  • Category: dressing
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: vegan dressing, green goddess dressing, salad dressing, main dish dressing, dip

Cheers!

LC