What is Green Goddess Dressing?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Mayonnaise is the traditional base for green goddess dressing.
Mayonnaise is the traditional base for green goddess dressing.

Green goddess dressing is a creamy, savory salad dressing that gets its name from its greenish tint. It is believed that the dressing originated in the United States and has been served since the 1920s. Although recipes for this dressing vary slightly, the classic version includes a base made of mayonnaise and sour cream that is flavored with chives, chervil, lemon juice, and tarragon. The dressing is seasoned with salt and pepper.

Lemon juice is used to flavor green goddess dressing.
Lemon juice is used to flavor green goddess dressing.

For many years, green goddess dressing was eclipsed in popularity by ranch dressing. In recent years it has begun to make a comeback. It is now sold by a number of gourmet or specialty food companies and often shows up on the menus at chic restaurants. Some more modern recipes include tahini in the dressing.

There are a number of companies that bottle green goddess dressing, but it can easily be made at home. Home cooks can mix the classic ingredients in a bowl, then season with salt and pepper to taste. This recipe can be made in a low-fat variety by swapping the quantities of the mayonnaise and sour cream and using low-fat or fat-free sour cream.

Sour cream is used in traditional green goddess dressing.
Sour cream is used in traditional green goddess dressing.

For this dressing to be suitable for vegetarians, the sour cream will have to be a variety that is made without the use of gelatin, which is a non-vegetarian ingredient that is sometimes used as a thickener in this dairy product. Also, the dressing can be made in a way that is suitable for vegans by using vegan mayonnaise and vegan sour cream. When making this dressing for vegetarians or vegans, the anchovies must be removed from the ingredients list.

Though not all varieties of green goddess dressing include tarragon, some people believe it is an important ingredient in the classic version of the dressing. Chervil can be substituted for the tarragon, as can parsley if tarragon is not available. Similarly, chives can be substituted with scallions.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for DelightedCooking, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for DelightedCooking, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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honeybees

It is very easy to make this dressing at home and you can make a small amount and use reduced fat, or fat free sour cream and mayonnaise if you want a light green goddess dressing.

I usually follow a pretty traditional recipe, but one thing I love to add is some lemon juice and some lime juice in equal amounts. This adds just the right amount of flavor and a little extra kick. I also use equal amounts of sour cream and mayonnaise and make enough for just a few servings.

It doesn't take very long at all to mix it up, and that way it is always fresh.

andee

I don't know if my local grocery store has always carried Green Goddess dressing, but after seeing it there for the last several months, I had to give it a try. I was drawn to the light green color and love the name.

I purchased a bottle of the Seven Seas green goddess dressing and couldn't wait to make a salad and give it a try. I was not disappointed, and really like the smooth texture and could taste a little bit of chives. This dressing would be good any time of the year, but tastes especially good with lots of fresh, summer vegetables.

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    • Mayonnaise is the traditional base for green goddess dressing.
      By: Alexandra
      Mayonnaise is the traditional base for green goddess dressing.
    • Lemon juice is used to flavor green goddess dressing.
      By: Printemps
      Lemon juice is used to flavor green goddess dressing.
    • Sour cream is used in traditional green goddess dressing.
      By: Viktor
      Sour cream is used in traditional green goddess dressing.