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Copycat Trader Joe’s Green Goddess 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!

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.
bowl of green goddess salad dressing surrounded by herbs and ingredients

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. 


  • 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


  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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