Classic Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Green Goddess Dressing is a mayonnaise and herb-based dip flavored with anchovies that was the most popular dressing in the West up until Ranch came and took it over.

Recipe Details

Classic Green Goddess Dressing Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 24 to 32 servings
Makes 1 quart


  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 whole anchovy filets

  • 2 medium cloves minced garlic (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 2 cups neutral oil such as vegetable or canola

  • 1/2 cup picked fresh tarragon leaves

  • 1/4 cup picked fresh chervil leaves (if not available, add an addition 2 tablespoons tarragon)

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Frank's

  • 1 1/2 cups strained Greek-style yogurt or sour cream

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced chives

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons water, anchovy filets, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. With processor running, slowly drizzle in oil until a smooth, tight emulsion forms. If emulsion gets too thick and does not get sucked into processor blades, thin out with a few drops of water and continue with oil. When all oil has been incporporated, add tarragon, chervil, worcestershire, hot sauce, and water. Process until herbs are finely chopped.

  2. Transfer dressing to a large bowl. Add yogurt (or sour cream), and chives. Whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding more worcestershire, hot sauce, or lemon juice as desired. Dressing should be highly seasoned. Serve immediately with vegetables for dipping, or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Special equipment

food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
24 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24 to 32
Amount per serving
Calories 24
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 48mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)