Basil Green Goddess Dressing – Eat Green!

Basil Green Goddess Dressing

Basil Green Goddess Dressing is a delicious incentive to eat your salad greens! Remember to share the recipe with your friends.

Basil Green Goddess Dressing

With the holidays behind us, many people are focused on eating a little healthier. Why not support that trend by trying a flavorful new salad dressing? While some versions of Green Goddess get their color from avocados, this version uses basil and green onions. That makes the dressing a little lighter. Additionally, you can lower the fat for this recipe by using light versions of mayonnaise and sour cream.

The first time I made this dressing it was for a family gathering on Christmas day. Everyone loved it! I used bib and red leaf lettuce, along with craisins (instead of tomatoes) to give it a little color. How could I possibly be related to people that don’t like tomatoes? The good news is that this combination was delicious as well. I also discovered that the leftovers were a great dip for veggies or pretzels.

Delicious Tomato Option

I whipped up another batch of this dressing for a dinner party with friends. In this version I used chocolate rose tomatoes which I found at Cub Foods. These tomatoes remind me of the heirloom variety called Cherokee purple. While not quite as good as Cherokee’s, they are better than most tomatoes available in MN in January. Keep in mind that you can get creative and use whatever veggies and salad greens you prefer. That’s one of the great things about salad – it’s very flexible!

Basil Green Goddess Dressing

Serving Size: Serves 4


    Green Goddess Dressing
  • 1/2 c. light mayonnaise (I use Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise)
  • 1/2 c. sliced green onions (green part only - about 5 green onions)
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. anchovy paste (or finely minced anchovies)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (a few grinds, or to taste)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (light or regular)
  • 1 tbsp. water (optional)
  • Blender or Food Processer
  • chopped romaine (or use can use bib, leaf, or whatever lettuce you prefer)
  • 3 small vine ripened tomatoes, cut into wedges or coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices crisply cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cut into thin slices or cubes


    Green Goddess Dressing
  • Place mayonnaise, green onions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt and pepper in blender and blend until smooth. Add sour cream and process just until blended. If dressing seems too thick, add 1 tbsp. water and process until smooth.
  • If serving salad plated, toss salad greens with desired amount of dressing. Then plate salad and top with tomatoes, bacon and avocado. Drizzle with a little more dressing.
  • If serving salad family style, combine all salad ingredients with desired amount of dressing, toss and serve.


Adapted from Food Network Ina Garten Bib Salad with Basil Green Goddess Dressing recipe





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