Green Goddess Salad Dressing (Panera Copycat Recipe)

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Green goddess salad dressing has a bright, herbaceous flavor and a deliciously creamy texture. Make some right at home in just a few minutes!

Green goddess salad dressing poured over a salad


Not only is this a popular and healthy alternative to oil-based dressings, but it’s a great way to use up an abundance of fresh herbs from the garden.

Love the bottomless bowl of salad at Olive Garden? Skip the restaurant and recreate it in your own kitchen for an easy side to any meal.

What I love about this Green Goddess Dressing recipe is that it’s one of the easiest homemade salad dressings there is.

The fresh flavor will have you hooked the first time that you make it, and it’s great for pairing with all sorts of salad recipes.

I prefer this so much more than ranch dressing or other store-bought dressings, which is why I make this Green Goddess salad recipe literally all the time. 

This homemade Green Goddess dressing is something that I crave during the summer months because the creamy dressing is light and refreshing.

Due to the loads of fresh herbs, it can also be so much more than just a homemade dressing! 

I think that it’s a great dip as well do the texture and the use of simple ingredients.

The vibrant green color and abundance of herbs makes it a versatile dressing that you can dip carrots and celery or summer veggies into, or even use it as a sandwich spread! 

The time is now to make this delicious dressing. For the complete recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below – and get started on the meal prep.

No matter if you want to use this as a vegetable dip, or keep it as a delicious Green Goddess dressing, the original recipe is simple and easy to follow and make! 

Green goddess dressing ingredients

How To Make Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Simply place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor and give it a whirl! It’s ready to serve when everything is smooth and well combined.

I recommend using the pulse function instead of letting it run continuously. Since this contains dairy, it’s best not to create too much heat with the appliance.

Green goddess dressing creamy base

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Greek yogurt – A lot of recipes call for sour cream instead, but I find that the yogurt creates a thicker consistency and a more pleasant overall flavor.

    Plus, it is lower in fat and calories as well.
  • Herbs – Green goddess salad dressing is pretty flexible, so feel free to make adjustments based on which flavors you want to stand out.

    Fresh tarragon can be hard to find, but dill is a great replacement.
  • Lemon – Here’s a tip for getting every last drop of juice out of your citrus. Roll the fruit on the counter while pressing gently with the palm of your hand.
  • Garlic – Be sure to use freshly minced cloves for the best results. Jarred garlic can sometimes have a cloying or bitter aftertaste that will come through since it remains raw in this recipe.

If you can grow your own herb garden, that’s such a fun way to add flavors to this recipe! 

pouring juice in food processor

Serving Suggestions

Build your very own green goddess salad by combining butter lettuce or spring mix with a variety of toppings.

Carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cucumber are popular vegetables choices, while radishes and red onion add a hint of spiciness.

Feta or goat cheese can be crumbled over the top for extra tang, and chickpeas will make the dish more filling.

Green goddess dressing is also delicious as a dip for sliced veggies or air fryer french fries.

You could even drizzle it over juicy chicken breasts, or spoon some onto your favorite sandwiches and wraps!

FAQ – Common Recipe Questions

How long does green goddess dressing last?

When kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it should keep for up to 5 days.

Do I need to remove the stems from fresh herbs?

It depends on what you are making. In the case of green goddess salad dressing, it’s perfectly fine to toss everything in.

Plus, there’s quite a bit of flavor in the stems, especially when it comes to cilantro and parsley.

Which parsley should I use for this recipe?

Always use the flat leaf variety, sometimes labeled Italian parsley, for any of your dishes.

The curly variety doesn’t taste like much of anything and should only be used for garnish.

Green goddess dressing in a food processor

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Green Goddess Salad Dressing (Panera Copycat Recipe)

Donna Elick
Green goddess salad dressing has a bright, herbaceous flavor and a deliciously creamy texture. Make some right at home in just a few minutes!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Method Blender
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon or dill, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place all the ingredients into the bowl of your blender or food processor. Pulse until everything this well blended, and there are no chunks of garlic.
  • Serve with your favorite vegetables or salad.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 495cal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 706mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2021, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. Looks absolutely awesome, I do look green goddess dressing and this is a good one. Will be trying this one for sure.

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