Vegan Green Goddess Dressing Recipe | The Foodie Dietitian

A bright and flavorful dressing, this vegan green goddess dressing is made with creamy avocado, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. Use it as a dip for crudité, salad dressing, spread for sandwiches, or sauce for proteins.Vegan Green Goddess Dressing in serving bowl atop a wooden cutting board along with fresh cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and baby carrots.

Why I Love This Recipe

This Vegan Green Goddess Dressing is creamy, bright, herby, and so easy to make.

Roughly chop the herbs and scallion, juice the lemon, add all the ingredients to a food processor, and you’ll have a flavorful, vibrant dressing in just a few minutes. 

Traditional Green Goddess Dressing calls for mayo and/or sour cream, and I’ve even seen buttermilk thrown around. I wanted to make a dressing that was creamy and plant-based – and the avocado helps do just that!

For those with allergies or dietary restrictions / preferences, this dressing is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free.

This version is made with fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and dill, but you can totally use any herbs you have on hand or prefer. Cilantro, mint, tarragon or chives would all be delicious as well. 

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing also goes with just about anything. It’s great on nearly any salad, spread onto a sandwich or wrap, drizzled on basically anything savory (like my Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato), and even dipped into with fresh veggies or crackers. 

I also just love the name of this dressing. I think everyone deserves to feel like a goddess every now and again. I know I feel most like a goddess when I’m listening to my body’s needs, eating lots of nourishing foods, staying uber hydrated, getting enough zzzzz’s, finding ways to stay grounded, and moving my body in ways that feel good.

Hopefully after trying this dressing, you’ll get your goddess on too. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

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Notes on Ingredients

parsley: brightens the flavor of the dressing.

basil: provides a subtle sweetness and peppery flavor. 

dill: slightly lemony, sweet and bitter. 

scallion: sharp, pungent flavor.

avocado: makes the dressing creamy and adds a boost of monounsaturated fat

garlic: deepens the flavor of the dressing.

lemon: provides some acidity and tanginess. 

olive oil: adds richness and mellows the lemon and vinegar. 

apple cider vinegar: adds a bright, tangy flavor. 

salt: flavor enhancer. 

Equipment You’ll Need (affiliate links – if you make a purchase I receive a small commission)

Food Processor

How to Make Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

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  1. Blend ingredients. Add avocado, garlic, basil, parsley, dill, scallions, salt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and water to the food processor and blend until combined.
  2. Wipe sides of the processor and add olive oil. Using a spatula, wipe down the sides of the processor/blender. With the blender / processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until incorporated.
  3. Enjoy! Use as a dip, salad dressing, spread for sandwiches, or sauce for proteins, grain bowls, and loaded sweet potatoes.

Expert Tips

  1. I use a food processor to incorporate all of the ingredients together, but if you don’t have one you can also use a high-speed blender
  2. Green Goddess Dressing is very customizable and a great way to use up an abundance of herbs – feel free to use other herbs like cilantro, tarragon and mint.
  3. Once you’ve added the olive oil with the processor/blender running, feel free to play with the consistency. You can slowly add a little water at a time if you’d like your dressing to be more runny. 

Recipe FAQs

What is Green Goddess dressing made of?

Green Goddess dressing is a creamy dressing that typically contains mayo, sour cream, a mix of fresh green herbs, anchovy, garlic, and lemon juice. In this recipe, I’ve swapped the mayo and sour cream for avocado and replaced the anchovy with bold flavors from scallion and apple cider vinegar. 

What does Green Goddess dressing taste like?

Green Goddess dressing tastes bright, herby, and refreshing. This version is made creamy thanks to the avocado and is slightly tangy. It has a robust flavor profile and the specific flavors can vary depending on the herbs and other ingredients used. 

What is Green Goddess dressing good on?

Green Goddess dressing is incredibly versatile and truly pairs well with so many things. Of course it is great on nearly any salad, but it can also be used as spread for sandwiches, dip for veggies and crackers, or a sauce for proteins, grain bowls, and loaded sweet potatoes. 

close up image of vibrant Vegan Green Goddess Dressing in serving bowl.

Storage and Preparation

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipes That Pair Well

Ancient Grains Bowl

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato

Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Salmon (Fresh or Frozen)

Charred Asparagus Salad with Egg

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing in serving bowl with wooden spoon on top of wooden cutting board and next to fresh veggies for dipping.

For more dressing/sauce inspiration, check out my other recipes below!

Garlic Scape Pesto

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Romesco Sauce

Kohlrabi Fritters with Herb Yogurt Sauce

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs with Wild Blueberry Barbeque Sauce

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This recipe was retested, reshot and revamped to bring you the most delicious (and most beautiful) dish! The original post was published October 2014. 

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Description

A bright and flavorful dressing, this vegan green goddess dressing is made with creamy avocado, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. Use it as a dip for crudité, salad dressing, spread for sandwiches, or sauce for proteins.


  • 1 1/2 small – medium avocados or 1 large avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3/4 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed parsley
  • 1/4 cup dill
  • 12 scallions (light and dark green parts only), chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (34 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend together avocado, garlic, basil, parsley, dill, scallions, salt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and water until combined.
  2. Using a spatula, wipe down the sides of the processor/blender. With the blender / processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until incorporated.
  3. Use as a dip, salad dressing, spread for sandwiches, or sauce for proteins, grain bowls, and loaded sweet potatoes.

Notes

  1. You can customize with any fresh herbs you have on hand. Tarragon, cilantro, mint, and chives would all work well.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Food Processor

Keywords: vegan green goddess dressing, green goddess dressing, green goddess dressing with avocado

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