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Light, bright, and full of fresh, herby flavor, this Panera Green Goddess salad dressing is hard to resist. Fresh basil, zesty dijon, and savory pesto combined with creamy Greek yogurt make this classic dressing a springtime favorite!
Your favorite salad dressing, made in 5 minutes or less at home! Make this delicious, low-carb salad dressing for your next salad.
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What is Green Goddess Dressing?
This beloved salad dressing reportedly dates back to the 1920s when the executive chef of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco created the recipe to celebrate the hit play “The Green Goddess” that was running on Broadway at the time.
It became wildly popular in the 70s and 80s and was a favorite at potlucks, served right out of the Tupperware bowl next to the green jello and the fruit cocktail and whipped cream salad. Although times (and salads, thank goodness) have changed, this classic dressing still remains a favorite, thanks in part to its place on the Panera menu.
Why You Will Love this Panera Green Goddess Dressing
- Fresh and Fast – Delicious, homemade flavor in just a quick whirl!
- Simple Ingredients – A few pantry staples and lots of fresh basil.
- Versatile – Amazing as a salad dressing, dip or marinade.
- Healthier Ingredients – Greek yogurt, fresh basil, shallots, pesto, and a small amount of mayo are the main ingredients in this flavorful dressing.
- Homemade – Fresh tasting and free from preservatives, homemade dressings are simply better for you than store-bought!
Simple Ingredients Homemade Green Goddess Dressing
Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.
- Greek yogurt | Plain Greek yogurt adds tanginess along with a velvety and light texture. Use full-fat or non-fat. Sour cream may be substituted if you like the taste better.
- Mayo | Mayonnaise helps create a silky and creamy dressing. I like to use Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo for a healthier alternative and better flavor. You may use your favorite!
- Fresh Basil | If you don’t have a basil plant to pull leaves from, try Trader Joe’s for a variety of affordable fresh basil options.
- Shallot | Shallots add a delicate but sweet flavor with a hint of sharpness.
- Pesto | You can choose store-bought pesto or follow my recipe for Easy Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce.
- White wine vinegar | Use for a sharp, tangy flavor that is less harsh then distilled white vinegar.
- Honey | Local, raw honey is my favorite for added health benefits. May also substitute agave.
How to Make Green Goddess Salad Dressing
This easy recipe makes the ultimate salad dressing, dip or marinade to add to your spring and summer menus!
Measure and add your mayo, Greek yogurt, pesto, white wine vinegar, honey, and dijon.
Add a pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of pepper. Blend until well combined. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
Homemade salad dressings are so simple to make and far better than anything store-bought! They are the easiest way to turn a good salad into a great one!
Try my other homemade salad dressings like this Pomegranate Dressing with fresh citrus, pomegranate, and tangy dijon flavors! And this zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette doubles as a marinade. Or this low-carb, creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and finally, this zesty Italian dressing recipe.
- You’ll need around 30 fresh basil leaves to loosely fill ¾ of a cup. Of course, the size of the leaf may vary, so start with this amount, taste and then adjust and add more basil if you wish.
- Depending on your preferences, you can adjust the ingredients to make this dressing uniquely your own.
Variations & Substitutions
- Nut Free: Try my Nut Free Basil Pesto Sauce for a delicious alternative.
- Avocado: Add heart-healthy avocado for an even richer, creamier dressing.
- Sweeter: For a slightly sweeter dressing, add ½ tablespoon of agave syrup or honey.
- Herbs: Dill, cilantro, parsley, chives, and mint are delicious additions to your dressing. Or, try tarragon, which is excellent when serving chicken.
- Dip-alicious: Use as a colorful dip for chips and pretzels, sweet potato, or regular fries.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you need to make this dressing ahead of time, try and make it the day you will be serving it. The freshness of this dressing is what gives it the best flavor.
Yes, if you wish to limit the fat in this dressing, you may use fat free mayo and Greek yogurt.
The original Panera Green Goddess salad is loaded with fresh arugula, romaine lettuces and baby kale, grape tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, pickled red onions, avocado, crispy bacon and sliced chicken breast. You can easily make this salad at home! Try my fabulous copycat recipe Panera Green Goddess Salad.
Only 3 carbs in my easy, copycat Panera green goddess salad dressing, making it a fresh and healthy choice for your next salad.
Refrigerate – Store this dressing in an airtight container for up to one week.
Freeze – I would not recommend it. Once thawed, you may not like the looks or taste of it!
Main Dishes that Pair Perfectly with Green Goddess Salad Dressing
The fresh and herby flavors of this dressing complement the smoky and savory flavor of this steakhouse wedge salad.
Panera Green Goddess Cobb Salad
The inspiration for this Green Goddess Cobb salad!
Asian Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin
This is my go-to Asian marinade for pork tenderloin! Perfect, every-single-time!
Best Sides to Serve with Green Goddess Dressing
This creamy and tangy dressing pairs well with roasted vegetables like my Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze or as a dip for fresh veggies as shown below.
Asparagus comes out perfectly roasted when made in the air fryer, drizzle a little Green Goddess dressing over the top!
Serve alongside this amazing crudite dip or stir in several tablespoons to the dip.
More Delicious Salads
- Best Steakhouse Wedge Salad Recipe (with Romaine)
- Best Easy Italian Chopped Salad Recipe
- Best Mexican Fruit Salad Recipe
- Healthy Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
- Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Salad with Rhubarb Dressing
- Sweet Maple Apple Pecan Salad
- Blackberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Fried Goat Cheese
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Homemade Green Goddess Salad Dressing (Panera Copycat)
- Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies
- Add all ingredients to blender or small food processor, blend until creamy and smooth. Taste, adjust salt and pepper as needed.
✱ Kathleen’s Tips
- Drizzle over your favorite veggies.
- Use as a light dip with your favorite crudite veggies or chips.
- On your favorite salads, including this Copycat Panera Green Goddess Cobb salad.
- Drizzle over chicken, fish, steak or shrimp for a yummy boost.
The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.
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