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60g baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp yoghurt
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
dressing, condiment, dinner, salad
Homemade Green Goddess Dressing
If you've been on TikTok lately, you might have seen the famous green goddess dressing popping up in recipes and food-related trends. This creamy, delicious salad dressing has a lot of fans — and for good reason!
Green goddess dressing is an easy way to add flavour and nutrition to salads, sandwiches, and more. Not only is it tasty, it's also low calorie and uses healthy ingredients. Plus, the gorgeous light green color is extremely Instagrammable!
I know a lot of people have been searching for the best green goddess salad dressing, and I'm here to tell you: you don't have to look far! I've got a delicious recipe that you can make easily at home. So, if you're ready to take your salad game to the next level, keep reading!
What Is The Green Goddess Dressing?
For those of you that don't know, green goddess dressing is a creamy salad dressing made with herbs (such as chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, etc.), lemon juice, and mayonnaise. It has a tangy flavour thanks to the lemon juice, and the herbs give it a wonderful green color.
Fun Fact: The green goddess dressing was actually made famous by chef Philip Roemer at San Francisco's Palace Hotel in 1923. If you want to get a taste of the original green goddess dressing, head to San Francisco and try it out!
In my recipe, I decided to change it into a creamy salad dressing without mayo - because who doesn't love a low calorie salad dressing? To do this, I swapped the mayonnaise for yoghurt making the green goddess dressing lighter and healthier.
I also use spinach and basil leaves as the green herbs, but feel free to experiment with whatever leftover green herbs you have in your kitchen. Once you make it, you will fall in love with this one — it's that delicious!
Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes
Finding healthy salad dressing recipes can be daunting if you don't know where to look. Most of the popular ones out there are full of mayo, oils, and other not-so-healthy ingredients. It kind of defeats the purpose of having a healthy salad, don't you think?
Here are some wonderful low calorie salad dressing ideas for you to try out:
Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing: If you're craving a salad with some Middle Eastern or Mediterranean flavours, this is the dressing for you. Tahini is basically just ground and toasted sesame seeds, and when blended with lemon juice and garlic it makes for a mouth-wateringly creamy and flavourful dressing.
Sesame and Ginger Salad Dressing: This one's a classic Asian-style salad dressing, and you can use it for green, noodle, and grain salads. The combination of sesame oil and ginger gives it a wonderfully nutty, slightly spicy flavour that I just can't get enough of.
Basil Vinaigrette: A strong contender for green goddess dressing's throne, basil vinaigrette is a great way to add flavour and nutrition to salads. It's super simple to make — all you need is olive oil, shallots, white wine vinegar, garlic, and some fresh basil leaves.
Caesar Salad Dressing: Although an iconic salad dressing across the world, this one's usually not considered very healthy. Fortunately, I have a secret low-calorie version of this recipe that tastes just as delicious! Check it out and enjoy a guilt-free Caesar salad whenever you want!
These are just a few of my favorite healthy salad dressing ideas, but feel free to get creative and mix together whatever flavours you like. Who says eating healthy has to be boring?
Easy Green Goddess Dressing
Coming back to the star of the show — green goddess dressing! One of the main reasons that I love making this particular recipe is that it's so easy to prepare. It only takes about a minute or two, and uses ingredients that you can find in your fridge or pantry.
My recipe for the best green goddess salad dressing uses baby spinach leaves, basil leaves, garlic, yoghurt, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. And that's it! You put all of these ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth, and then you can enjoy a delicious low calorie salad dressing - easy as that!
I often find that some supermarkets also stock pre-made versions of this particular dressing, but nothing beats the flavour of a homemade recipe. Fresh, green, creamy, and delicious, it's so worth the effort making it from scratch!
Best Dressing for Green Salads
While searching for delicious salad dressing ideas, you have to keep in mind that certain dressings work better with certain salads (not unlike cheese and wine pairings!). A sweet salad with pieces of fruit in it will taste best with a balsamic vinegar dressing, while pasta salads will be better with a creamy dressing.
When it comes to green salads, there's no better option than green goddess dressing. It's light, zesty, and herby - the perfect accompaniment for green leaves!
The famous TikTok recipe that's going around actually uses this dressing with a salad made from finely diced cabbage, diced small Persian cucumbers, green onion, and a sprinkle of freshly chopped chives. Sounds delicious, right?
Pro Tip: To make the dressing even creamier, try adding some avocados. It's totally optional, but the extra creaminess of the avocadoes will take this green goddess salad dressing recipe to a whole new level.
I'm sure you're quite excited to make this dressing now. So, go ahead and try it out — I'm sure that once you've tasted it, it will become your favorite low calorie salad dressing! Bon appétit!
Combine all ingredients in a blender jug or Thermomix bowl.
Blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth and creamy (Thermomix - 1 min/sp 8)
Add 1 tbsp of water at a time if the dressing needs to be thinned a little.
Pour over your salad and enjoy.
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