This Vegan Green Goddess Dressing is so simple to make and packed with nutrients! You just need some fresh herbs, spinach, lemon, hemp hearts and some other pantry staples for a delicious nut free and homemade dressing recipe.
I don’t know about you, but typically when I try to buy Green Goddess dressing at the store, I am not a fan of the ingredients on the bottle. Say a version makes it into my cart and I try it at home, I just don’t end up loving the taste either.
Though I will say, I do love Panera’s Cobb Salad with their Green Goddess dressing, which inspired this healthy homemade salad dressing, along with the TikTok Green Goddess salad that has been floating around the internet.
I love making salad dressings at home because you can use simple ingredients, no added preservatives and they’re so simple to throw together. And they taste amazing!
What is Green Goddess Dressing
Green Goddess dressing is a salad dressing recipe named for it’s green hue, with its typical ingredients being mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon, chives, anchovy and tarragon.
However we’re making some changes to the traditional recipe by using some nutritious ingredients while also making this salad dressing vegan.
Think, loads of greens and lots of flavor!
Salad Dressing Ingredients
- hemp hearts – I love using hemp hearts in salad dressing recipes! It makes it creamy, boost the nutritional value and is a great way to keep a recipe nut-free.
- spinach – Spinach is another great nutritional boost for this green goddess dressing, with an excellent source of Vitamin A,C, Folic Acid, Iron and Calcium (source).
- extra virgin olive oil – adds robust flavor and heart healthy fats. You could sub avocado oil as well.
- basil & parsley – using both basil and parsley for lots of herby flavor.
- tahini – adds a slightly unique flavor thanks to sesame seeds.
- lemon juice – for tangy and bright citrus flavor. If you’re fresh out of lemon juice, substitute apple cider vinegar.
- garlic – Just one clove is perfect.
- coconut aminos – for a hint of umami flavor
- maple syrup – to balance flavors and add just a teeny bit of sweetness.
- fine sea salt – to enhance flavor.
- water – to thin to your desired consistency.
Make it in a Blender
You have to use a blender or food processor (or immersion blender) to make this Green Goddess dressing, because of all of the fresh herbs and spinach. You need the fine blades to make sure everything gets broken down and turned into liquid.
But it’s very easy to make!
Once you have all of your ingredients measured out, simply add everything to your blender cup and process until smooth.
Thin to Desired Consistency
I started with 4 tablespoons of water and then added a few more at the end. If you want a very drippy dressing, add about 1/2 cup water.
If you want to use this Green Goddess dressing as more of a dip or sauce, start with a 1/4 cup water and go from there.
Note: the dressing does thicken once sitting in the fridge. So feel free to add more water if you’re using any leftover dressing.
More Ways to Use this Dressing
I love this Green Goddess salad dressing on a Cobb Salad.
It’s also great as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries.
You could easily add this to any warm pasta dish or pasta salad as well, with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, maybe even do a version of this Caprese Pasta Salad!
Let me know if you make this recipe by leaving a comment and rating below! It helps others learn more about the recipe too! Xx Ashley
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup loosely packed spinach
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (a small handful)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
- 4–6 tablespoons water, to thin
- Add all ingredients to small blender cup. Start with 4 tablespoons of water; blend until smooth.
- Taste test dressing before adding more salt or maple syrup, and more water for desired consistency.
- Enjoy on your favorite salad, as a veggie dip, or even stir in with some pasta!
Dressing will thicken once refrigerated. Add some milk or water to thin as desired.