This Avocado Green Goddess Dressing is the perfect all-purpose sauce you can add to pretty much anything. The main ingredients are avocado, greek yogurt, and lots of fresh herbs. You can always change up the recipe based on what you have or like, it's very versatile!
Why You'll Love This Dressing
- It's creamy without the use of any oil. All of the creaminess and fat comes from avocado and Greek Yogurt which makes it much healthier than any other dressings!
- It's keto and paleo-friendly. Storebought sauces or dressings like this are usually made with mayo or lots of oils that don't provide any nutritional value. Some might even have added sugar! Always check your labels, or better yet, make your own dressing at home!
- You can easily make it vegan! Simply substitute dairy-free yogurt.
- It has a ton of uses! From breakfast to dinner, there are so many ways you can use this dressing. Add it to salads as a dressing, as a sauce on tacos, eggs, burgers, or as a dip for veggies, tortilla chips, or fries. It's also delicious on rice or quinoa bowls or in burritos!
- It's easily adaptible to whatever you have on hand. You can use any leafy herbs you have, sub yogurt for more avocado or mayo if that's more your thing. Don't have limes? No problem, use lemons or apple cider vinegar! Making substitutions will alter the taste slightly but it will still be delicious and creamy.
- Avocado - This is where the creaminess of this dressing comes from. Avocado is really nutritious, full of healthy fats, and an amazing substitute in dressings to replace oils. It makes the dressing thick and creamy so you can decide after it's all blended, how much water you want to add to make this into either a creamy drizzling sauce or a dressing.
- Greek Yogurt - This adds another level of creaminess and the dairy also mellows out any spiciness of the dish you're putting this on. I like drizzling it over spicy tacos - so good!
- Fresh herbs - My go-to combination is cilantro and parsley. Cilantro is really the star of the show here but if you don't like it, you can just use parsley. I highly recommend adding another leafy herb instead of just one - chives, mint, dill, oregano, basil. Not all together but practically any combo is awesome. Thyme and rosemary aren't my favorites with the avocado and lime here.
- Fresh lime juice - Please don't use the bottled stuff. Fresh lime is so much better! If you don't have limes, you can use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Adding vinegar will alter the taste slightly. Start with less vinegar and adjust to taste.
- Garlic - I recommend adding just one clove of raw garlic. Raw garlic is pretty strong so anything more than that would make it very spicy and I usually like keeping this dressing mild. You can also add roasted garlic. See my post on How to Roast Garlic in the Oven if you've never had roasted garlic.
- Salt and pepper - I always use sea salt because it has the most minerals. Table salt is completely stripped of those. Freshly cracked black pepper is also preferred for the best flavor.
- Water - This helps you water down the dressing to your desired consistency. The avocado, yogurt, and herbs make it fairly thick and it also thickens slightly as it cools in the fridge. Add less if you want to use this as a sauce for tacos, tortillas, eggs, etc. or more to use it as a dressing for salads or protein bowls.
There are really only two steps to making this dressing. It's the easiest recipe so it's great to make when your meal needs that little something but you don't have time to actually make anything.
Most of the time is spent on taking your ingredients out of the fridge and adding them to the blender (which really only takes less than 10 minutes). After that, you just turn the blender on and let it do its magic! You can also use a food processor but I find it's not as smooth.
Once it's all blended, you can add more water to thin the dressing out, or add any other add-ins to adjust the taste. Once you're happy with it, pour it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
How to Use It
- Salads - Try it on this Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette or this Greek Potato Salad with Feta. Practically any veggies, raw or roasted, go with this dressing! I'll be sharing a delicious salad that uses this dressing soon and will link it here!
- Power bowls - It would be a delicious substitute for the yogurt sauce in this Halloumi Orzo Bowl with Roasted Veg and Herby Yogurt Sauce. Any bowl with rice or quinoa and roasted veggies, fish, shrimp, or any other protein would be delicious with this dressing.
- Sandwiches or burgers - Keep the dressing thicker and add a drizzle to this Halloumi Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables.
- Tacos - It's delicious on spicy chorizo or shrimp tacos (recipe coming soon! Will be linked here)
- Burritos - Add rice, beans, your choice of protein, salsa, and this sauce instead of guac. You can turn this Veggie Burrito Bowl into a burrito or just drizzle the sauce on top of the bowl!
- Eggs - scrambled eggs drizzled with this sauce and garnished with some Quick Pickled Red Onions are amazing! You can also make some breakfast tacos and drizzle the saue on top.
- As a dip - Skip the water and keep the sauce thick to use it as a dip for your favorite raw veggies or tortilla chips.
- Drizzled over these Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Yes! Just substitute the Greek Yogurt for vegan yogurt or skip it and add another avocado.
Ideally, you always want to use fresh herbs for this dressing. Using dried herbs will completely change the taste of the dressing and it won't taste as good.
I haven't tried it but I don't think freezing is a good way to store this dressing. I recommend storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Yes, it will work just as well. I find the food processor just doesn't blend the dressing as smooth and creamy as a high-speed blender does.
- 1 avocado
- 150g greek yogurt
- Large handful of fresh cilantro (including stems, about 2 cups)
- Handful fresh parsley (including stems)
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1-2 limes, juiced (at least ¼ cup)
- ¼ water (plus more as needed)
Garlic: Raw garlic is strong so less is more here. If you plan to use the sauce as a creamy topping on already spicy meals, add less. If it’s only for salads and you like garlic, you can add more! I usually add one regular clove of garlic.
Limes: If you don’t have limes, you can use lemon but it tends to be sourer so you might want to use less and add more to taste.
Spicy: If you want to make this into a spicier sauce, add a splash of hot sauce to the blender before blending.
Keywords: avocado, green goddess dressing