Green Goddess Dressing

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Green goddess dressing is perfect for a rich and creamy dip or a fresh salad dressing. This Ina Garten green goddess dip recipe is so delicious, I had to make 2 batches. The first one didn’t make it past the photoshoot.

Salad in a bowl with green goddess dressing on it

Anything that gets my girls to eat more vegetables is always at the top of my list. Make a batch of Ina Garten green goddess salad dressing, and use it on a salad or just for dipping veggies! The girls were scraping the bowl and couldn’t get enough.

My 13-year-old has vowed to eat a salad every day for lunch if I pack a side of green goddess with it.

If you want to lighten the dressing up a bit, you can substitute low-fat sour cream for the mayonnaise.

Ingredients for Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

The blend of ingredients for green goddess dip creates a fresh and creamy dip or dressing that you’re sure to love.

  • 1 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts, 6 to 7)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Ina garten green goddess dressing in a bowl with carrots and vegetables around it

How to Make Ina Garten Green Goddess Dressing

Start by placing the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add the sour cream and process just until blended. Don’t over blend. Then put it into a dish and serve!

If you aren’t serving immediately, store the homemade goddess dressing in a covered container in the fridge. It will usually stay good for up to a week, but it’s always eaten before long!

Green Goddess Dressing is easy to make, low carb and gluten free!

Be sure to try some of my other salads and dressing recipes too.

Caesar Salad

Cesar salad with grilled chicken

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese chicken salad in a bowl

Antipasto Salad

Antipasto salad in a bowl
Green Goddess Dressing.

Green Goddess Dressing

Creamy herby salad dressing from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 258 kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup green onions chopped, white and green parts (6 to 7)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons garlic chopped, 2 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Place the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the sour cream and process just until blended. (If not using immediately, refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve.)


Serving: 1servingCalories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 825mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 481IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. I saw her make this and have been wanting to try it. I have everything but the anchovy paste…can I substitute something else?

  2. Hi Cynthia! I love green goddess dressing. Thanks for bringing it over and linking up at the Weekend Social. I hope to see you again next week!

  3. This is a delicious dressing and so glad you shared on Foodie Friends Friday. Love the addition of anchovy paste, it adds so much flavor and no one really knows the ‘secret’. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Party this week. Pinned/shared.

    We look forward to seeing you again next week,
    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  4. OK, what is “good mayonnaise”!?!? I guess to know that, I’ll also need to know what is BAD mayonnaise.

    1. you’re right! I need to edit this to clarify. Preferably one without additional sugar. Look for one that has minimal ingredients. Primal kitchen makes a good one. I also avoid any mayonnaise made with canola oil. Cynthia

        1. right? i’m a huge label reader. Primal mayonnaise is what i use, it’s a bit pricier than Hellman’s or Best Food’s but it’s worth it to me. The ingredients in Primal mayo are avocado oil, organic eggs and yolks, vinegar, sea salt and rosemary.

5 from 5 votes

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