Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Mayo-free Green Goddess Dressing! Because who puts mayonnaise on their salad? No one.

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Happy Memorial Day! I’m spending the long weekend camping with my girlfriends, but I had the forethought to schedule this life-altering recipe that requires all of your kitchen utensils (psych!) tons of energy (not!) and lots of planning and counter space (insert one-word cliché from the 90s here).

Truth is, I’m showing you salad dressing.

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Homemade salad dressing happens almost daily in my house. Because girl eats a lot of salad. More often than not, I make vinaigrettes, but from time to time, I need a good creamy dressing.  Creamy dressings seal the deal on meaty, cheesy salads. They bind your blue cheese to your bacon like no body’s business. Sometimes we need for our blue cheese to bind to our bacon. Which is why we make green goddess dressing. It’s kinda like Ranch, but waaaay diviner.

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Creamy dressings are normally plagued by the wrath of mayonnaise. This is a mayo-free green goddess dressing, because seriously, folks: this is a mayo-free zone.

If you’re me 2 weeks ago, you don’t know what green goddess dressing is, and you’re like, “what’s with the GGD?” I had seen bloggers make mention of it, but I wasn’t sure what it was until I saw Cooking Light’s Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing and I was all, “gimme dat salad!”

Case in point: the GGD is totally a thing, so lemme break it down.

Green Goddess dressing is made with fresh basil and parsley, along with garlic and lemon juice. Typically, mayonnaise is involved, but as aforementioned: no.  I used Greek yogurt and a little olive oil to replace the mayo. It works like a charm!

All I did for this recipe was shove all of the dressing ingredients into my little Magic Bullet and blend them up until the herbs were nice and chopped. I then drenched my meat and cheese-laiden salads with it until there was dressing no more. I highly recommend.

Mayo-free Green Goddess Dressing. It’s diviner than Ranch.

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Julia
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light's Green Goddess Dressing


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley loosely packed
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt I used low fat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt to taste.


  1. Add it all to a small blender and blend until smooth.


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  1. Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa

    It’s so funny that you posted this today because just the other day I was at a salad bar deciding on my choice of dressing and when I read “green goddess” I automatically thought it would be a good choice until I asked what it was made with and told “lots of mayo”….Love this version 🙂

  2. Monet

    Oh yum. Ryan and I love goddess dressing but we’ve never made it at home. We’ll be giving this a try! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Isadora

    I love that you did a post souly devoted to this salad dressing, because in my mind that gives me every right to make this dressing and eat it by itself, with a spoon! I can just see the look on my husband’s face when he asks what is for dinner and I tell him, green goddess dressing 🙂 I’ve become pretty obsessed with salad dressings lately, who knew that they were so easy to make?! A fancy ranch dressing was next on my list to make, so I will definitely be adding this one to my salad dressing rotation!

    I hope you had a great time camping with the girlfriends, it sounds like so much fun 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Isadora, I hope you had a great weekend, too! I’ll be posting a little salad recipe to go with the dressing tomorrow. While I 200% condone eating salad dressing with a spoon, it turns out the stuff’s pretty tasty on salad, too 😉 xoxo

    1. Julia Post author

      hahaha! So glad you’re in the no mayo zone too! It’s where us cool kids hang. It’s a place where no one faults you for putting mayo-free salad dressing all over your bo…salads 😉

  4. Abby

    I am completely down to binding blue cheese to bacon, sign me up for that! And this dressing of course, looks absolutely divine (har har har)

  5. Stephie @ EYHO

    My ever-growing derrière (thanks to doing things like drinking boozy milkshakes and eating pie for dessert) needs more salad. Thus, I need more of this dressing. STAT!

  6. francesca

    This is a (mostly) mayo-free zone too… though that can be tough in Holland. I’ve been swapping mayo for yogurt or blended feta since way back! Smart lady 🙂

  7. Joanne

    I try to keep my life as mayo-free as possible, so I’ve missed out on green goddess dressing for so much of my life! I feel so happy knowing that you’ve made it possible for me to experience after all! 🙂

  8. Alyssa

    Basically drinking this straight from the jar. So good! I constructed a bowl with millet on the bottom, roasted root veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, and onions), and this greek goddess dressing on top. So so so good. Love it.

    1. Julia Post author

      Isn’t it amazing?! Roasted root veggies with the goddess dressing sounds so good – brilliant! Thanks so much for letting me know you made and enjoyed the recipe, Alyssa!

  9. Beth

    Thank you so much for this! Found a great recipe for a Green Goddess Sandwich that I was excited to take with me to work/school (campus food is dang expensive) until I saw that the dressing called for “a good mayonnaise”. Ick! I’ll be using this to substitute, and happily!

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  12. Bri

    Aside from the mayo, lots of other home made recipes calling for anchovies as well… that does NOT sound Goddess to me lol!! Excited to try this version today!

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