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Copycat Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing

This Green Goddess salad dressing is not only delicious and creamy, but also gluten, dairy, and sugar free! Perfect to brighten up any salad; versatile enough to use as a veggie dip – you can’t go wrong!

bowl of green goddess salad dressing surrounded by herbs and ingredients

Confession: This recipe is a copycat.

I really enjoy the Trader Joe’s green goddess salad dressing. It’s the only one they offer that’s truly paleo. However, after reading the ingredient label, I realized two things:

  1. You and I can make this ourselves.
  2. It will taste so much fresher if we do.

What goes in Trader Joe’s green goddess dressing

We’re going to start with avocados. This is going to be our base for the creamy dressing. From there, we will add some lemon juice and vinegar to get it that acidic base it needs.

Next up, we’ll add some herbs and spices for flavoring, and thin it out with a bit of water until we get it to the right consistency.

I’m a big fan of keeping recipes simple, with a short ingredient list. Let’s be honest – we can pin fancy photos and recipes all day long, but those don’t end up being the ones we make.

We make the recipes with short ingredient lists, short cook times, and good flavor. Amiright?

How do you make green goddess dressing

This is going to get complicated, so stay with me, ok?

First, you’re going to gather all of your ingredients. Second, you’re going to put them all in a food processor. Third, you’re going to turn it on and run it until the dressing is smooth.

Then you’re done. I told you it was complicated.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can always use a blender.

Can I use this dressing as a dip?

Yes! It is a thicker dressing. It’s not quite dip consistency, so I’d recommend lowering or eliminating the water to get a thicker “dip” style.

Start with no water, and add it a bit at a time to the processor until the dressing is the dip consistency you’re looking for!

bowl of green goddess salad dressing surrounded by herbs and ingredients

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free, you can now have your favorite salad dressing without any of the guilt! Avocado combined with herbs and spices make up this dressing that will add flavor to any salad or dish. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup chives
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as needed. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Sodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1g

Looking for other homemade dressing recipes? Check out my ranch, cilantro lime, and honey ginger dressings too!

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Chris Baker

Thursday 14th of January 2021

This says it makes 12 servings, at 30cal per serving, but is a serving 1Tbs, or 2Tbs? I want to know the calories per tablespoon.

Emma

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Can you freeze this dressing?

Jessica

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Hi Emma! I have not tried freezing this dressing. I'm not sure how well freezing fresh avocado will work. That said, with the other combined ingredients and it being smoothed out, it may freeze just fine. I would recommend defrosting in the fridge and then giving it a good stir to combine it again after defrosting.

Danna

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

What is a serving size?

Minka

Thursday 16th of January 2020

Thank you for this recipe! How long do you think it'll keep in the fridge?

Jessica

Friday 17th of January 2020

Hi Minka! The dressing will keep in the fridge probably around up to two weeks.

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