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Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Mayo-free Green Goddess Dressing for those of us who love fresh and herby salad dressings. Bring your favorite salad to the next level with this amazing, delicious 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 like more divine.

Creamy dressings are normally plagued by the wrath of mayonnaise (can you tell I’m not a fan of the mayo?). This is a mayo-free Green Goddess Dressing, because seriously, folks: this is a mayo-free zone.

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

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.

What is Green Goddess Dressing?:

GGD 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-laden salads with it until there was dressing no more. I highly recommend.

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Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Mayo-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light's Green Goddess Dressing


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil, loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, to taste


  1. Add it all to a small blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 139Total Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 8gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 9g

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Wednesday 7th of July 2021

This salad sounds absolutely wonderful. I like the use of pepitas and yogurt based dressing, but I would have to eliminate the onion and most of the scallions. In my old age I just don't do well with raw onions. This reminds me of the salad I'm making for dinner tonight, which has blackberries, avocado, and chicken.


Friday 9th of July 2021

That sounds like a great idea! Makes sense to make the salad work for you :D


Friday 9th of March 2018

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!


Saturday 10th of March 2018

SO happy to hear you're eager to try the recipe, Bri! Let me know how you like it! xo


Monday 2nd of May 2016

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!


Monday 18th of August 2014

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.


Monday 18th of August 2014

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!

Dearna @tohercore

Wednesday 4th of June 2014

Oh this looks divine! So much tasty goodness in there!

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