A light, creamy, and easy-to-make green goddess dressing with the perfect kick. It’s vegan, packed with fresh ingredients, and ready in about 5 minutes. Not only is this perfect over salads, but it can also be used as a spread in sandwiches, as a dip with vegetables, and even as a sauce for pasta!
One of my good friends would not stop raving about the Trader Joe’s Green Goddess dressing ever since it came out. My first thought was, “Could a salad dressing really be this exciting?”. I eventually headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up a bottle (and a bunch of other things that I probably didn’t need lol) and decided to see for myself what the hype was all about. I was really impressed by flavorful the dressing was and to my surprise, the ingredients of the dressing were SO simple–simple enough to attempt to make it at home.
We took a look at the ingredient list of the Trader Joe’s version and tried to replicate this recipe as best as possible. Here’s what we used: Water, Avocado, Apple Cider Vinegar, Green Onions, Lemon, Chives, Parsley, Onion, Basil, Garlic, Salt and Pepper.
The TJ’s dressing had an interesting texture that wasn’t what I was expecting from a green goddess dressing. It wasn’t smooth but it wasn’t super chunky, it was similar to the texture of a pest. For our version, we decided to make it smooth and creamy as it is what we prefer, but you can totally blend it the texture of your liking.
Green Goddess Dressing has a bit of history behind it. The most accepted theory behind its origin is that it was conceived in San Francisco at the historic Palace Hotel in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted to create something to honor actor George Arliss and his hit play “The Green Goddess.” The dressing was revived in the ’70s and ’80s and nowadays there are many recipes and variations of green goddess dressing available. My personal favorite is the avocado-based version for Trader Joe’s, so that is what we are looking to replicate today!
Some ingredients that the original dressing contained that are not included in our version are tarragon, mayonnaise, and anchovies. If you would like to use these ingredients, we suggest using 2 tablespoons tarragon instead of the 1/3 cup basil, adding in 1 teaspoon of capers, and 1/4 cup of vegan mayonnaise OR plain vegan yogurt. Blend this and add more water as needed to thin.
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A light, creamy, and easy to make green goddess dressing with the perfect kick. It’s vegan, made with avocado, packed with fresh ingredients, and ready about 5 minutes. Not only is this perfect over salads, but it can also be used as a spread in sandwiches, as a dip with vegetables, and even as a sauce for pasta!
1 medium ripe avocado (we used Fuerte)
1 cup water
1/3 cup packed basil leaves
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons white onion
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 large clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon salt
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. We prefer ours smooth but a chunky dressing would work as well. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
This recipe is intended to replicate the avocado-based green goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s. If you would like to make this more like the “classic” green goddess dressing (from the 20’s) we suggest using 2 tablespoons tarragon instead of the 1/3 cup basil, adding in 1 teaspoon of capers, and adding 1/4 cup of vegan mayonnaise OR plain vegan yogurt. Blend this and add more water as needed to thin.
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