This lovely herby green goddess dip has a boost of protein from Greek yogurt! Dip your favorite veg or drizzle it over a salad or a grain bowl.
Recently I posted one of my favorite recipes of the season — Salmon and Asparagus Green Goddess Bowls. I couldn’t get enough of the healthy green goddess dip that I made for that recipe!
I loved it so much I decided it deserved its own post.
You can use this delicious, creamy dip as a dressing, too! It’s versatile and will go with just about any salad. I included some of my favorite ways to use this green goddess dressing (or dip!) below.
What’s in green goddess dip?
You’ll need a creamy component first – I like a combo of Greek yogurt and avocado oil mayonnaise for the best flavor and consistency. You’ll also need lots of fresh herbs and a handful of other things.
The key to getting the best flavor out of this dip is to use fresh ingredients — fresh herbs, fresh lemon, and fresh garlic will make all the difference!
Here’s a list of ingredients for this green dip to get you started:
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh lemon
- Anchovy paste
- Fresh garlic
- Sea salt
Can I use all Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise?
Yes, but your dip will be a little runnier and more like a salad dressing than a dip. As it is, this isn’t a super thick dip.
Also, if you use all Greek yogurt, I suggest cutting back on the lemon juice so the dip won’t taste as acidic. I added notes for this at the bottom of the recipe.
Can I use sour cream in this dip?
If you’d like to use sour cream instead of mayonnaise or instead of the Greek yogurt that would work. I recommend using a combination of at least 2, though, for best flavor.
Can I make this dip dairy free?
If you use all mayonnaise or a combination of mayonnaise, avocado, and/or dairy-free cream cheese, this dip would be dairy free.
It’s already naturally gluten free, so no problems there.
What fresh herbs are best for green goddess dip?
I suggest using a mixture of at least 2-3 herbs for this dressing. I recommend using fresh basil, parsley, dill, and/or chives.
Cilantro is widely available and inexpensive, but I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe unless you use a very small amount. You don’t want it tasting like Mexi-ranch.
Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs?
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. Finely chopped fresh herbs are the star of green goddess dip and you wouldn’t get the same fresh flavor with dried herbs.
If you’re in a pinch and don’t have quite enough fresh herbs, you can supplement with some dried, but I would use at least 1 1/2-2 cups of fresh herbs.
Is there a substitute for anchovy paste?
Anchovy paste is a great way to add some deep, salty notes to a recipe! It’s commonly used in Caesar dressing, too.
I like to use it when I saute vegetables — like these Magical Sauteed Green Beans.
You can find it in the grocery store near the canned fish or sometimes near the Italian condiments (tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.)
If you don’t want to use it, you can use an equal amount of Worcestershire sauce.
Can I make this in a blender?
If you don’t have a food processor, then sure! You can use either appliance. If you’re in the market for a food processor, this is the Cuisinart Food Processor I use. I love it and feel like it’s a good size for most things I want to do.
I find things like this easier to make in a food processor. Sometimes blenders require more liquid to get things mixed up well.
Ways to use Green Goddess Dip
- Add it to a veggie platter for a fun alternative to the typical ranch dressing that is most often used.
- Add it to salads!
- Drizzle it on a grain bowl or a protein bowl, or any mixture of protein, grains, and veggies you throw together for some added flavor and creaminess.
- Use on a burger or a grilled sandwich
- Goes well with Mediterranean flavors — drizzle some on a gyro or a pita sandwich
More homemade dips & dressings on Perry’s Plate
Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – great as a pasta sauce, dipping sauce, or added to a grain bowl
Chipotle Vegan Queso – another cashew-based sauce that is great on anything Mexican inspired
Roasted Jalapeno Ranch Dressing – made with my Homemade Ranch Seasoning and lots of roasted chiles. It’s my favorite for taco salads!
Dairy Free Caesar Dressing – this dressing uses nutriitonal yeast for a “cheesy” flavor and is Whole30 friendly, too!
I’d love to hear if you try this easy green goddess dip!
If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
- Juice from 1 large lemon (about 6 Tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (see note)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 cups mixed fresh herbs (parsley, dill, basil, chives, etc)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Put all of the ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Taste, and add more lemon juice or salt if you think it needs it.
- Transfer dip to a lidded container and chill until ready to use. Use within 7-10 days.
- Anchovy paste is a great way to add some deep, salty notes to a recipe! It's commonly used in Caesar dressing, too. I like to use it when I saute vegetables. You can find it in the grocery store near the canned fish or sometimes near the Italian condiments (tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.) If you don't want to use it, you can use an equal amount of Worcestershire sauce.
- If you'd rather not use mayo, you can use all Greek yogurt. I would also reduce the lemon juice by half and then add more to taste if you do this so the dip isn't too acidic.
- For the herbs, I recommend using a mixture of at least 2-3 herbs. I really loved the combination of parsley, dill, baisl, and chives.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 2mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 3g
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