This creamy, herby, addictively delicious sauce is not only my favorite salad dressing, but is one of my favorite dips as well. You can of course tweak the acidity with more or less lemon, as well as play with the salt and pepper, but please do not change the trio of herbs. The way the parsley and chive play against the sweet tarragon makes this unlike any other herb dressing.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, tarragon, chives, lemon juice, rice vinegar, anchovy fillet, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a blender until smooth.

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Nutrition Facts

124 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 1.3g; fat 13.2g 20% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 103.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (39)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
Chef John I want you to know that when I need a great recipe I now search for Chef John. This dressing is fabulous, and since it's February and I only have dried herbs from my garden I used those and it's still excellent. Your creamy horseradish sauce was the absolute hit of Christmas dinner, and I served it with ham recently too, delicious! Please keep em coming! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2015
I liked it but I found the tarragon a bit overpowering. Perhaps it's more just a matter of personal taste. Read More
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49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
Chef John I want you to know that when I need a great recipe I now search for Chef John. This dressing is fabulous, and since it's February and I only have dried herbs from my garden I used those and it's still excellent. Your creamy horseradish sauce was the absolute hit of Christmas dinner, and I served it with ham recently too, delicious! Please keep em coming! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2016
Fantastic. The Tarragon / Parsley and citrus combo just slaps your 'buds with a big tangy-fresh hello. It's like eating the colour green while sipping on cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
This sauce is absolutely divine!! I had to omit the anchovy as my husband is prone to gout and anchovies will bring on an attack almost immediately. But, even so, this was so amazingly good! Keep 'em coming, Chef John. You're the best!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2014
This was delicious! I made a trial version per the recipe with the exception that I had to substitute white wine vinegar for the rice vinegar as I had forgotten to purchase it. I found it too tart so the batch I made for the event (as an alternative dipping sauce to shrimp instead of just cocktail sauce)I cut the vinegar and lemon juice in half and the recipe was divine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2018
Outstanding dressing! Never knew how to replicate Green Goddess Dressing, til now. If you are lucky enough, to either have your own herb garden or have access to fresh herbs, you must try this! ( Sorry, dried herbs are just not the same!) The combo of herbs is brilliant! I use this as a dip, a dressing, and even a sandwich spread. I might sub non fat Greek yogurt for the sour cream next time, just cuz! If "nature" had a taste, this would be it! UPDATE...made this again using non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It reduces the calories and tastes just great!! PS....If you don't want to buy a whole tin of anchovies just to use a few, get anchovy paste instead. It works beautifully and keeps in the frig for months! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2015
This was exceptional! I made it the first time because I was tasked with "bring(ing) a salad" to a dinner party and everyone raved about it. I was invited to a Labor Day bbq by the same people and they again asked me to bring a salad while saying "and that dressing from last time would be perfect". I think that Chef John's Green Goddess dressing was the *real* invitee! I made it exactly as written without any changes. It is perfect as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2018
I was very pleased with this dressing. I used plain Greek=style yogurt instead of sour cream, and unfortunately I did not have chives on hand. But other than that, I followed the recipe. I appreciated the texture most of all. It was thick enough to coat my salad, but not heavy like many store-bought dressings are. This is a great use for my homegrown herbs (I need to plant some chives now...) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2017
LOVE IT!!!!! I am currently using this as a dip for fries, and the family is gobbling it up. The kids will eat fresh herbs right out of the garden, so I knew they would love this. I did not have any tarragon, so I did add in some cilantro and basil (yes, I know it's not the same thing, but that's the beauty of this dressing, it's a great way to use up a plethora of garden herbs). Oh, and I used light mayo and light sour cream. I will def be making this again and again~YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2019
I forgot to buy anchovy when I went to the grocery store. I researched a substitution on google and found that Worcestersire sauce is often used to substitute anchovy. I did a few drops and followed the rest of the recipe to the letter. It was a hit and guests of the party I was at all asked me for the recipe. The fresh herbs are the key to this recipe and make it super flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2015
I liked it but I found the tarragon a bit overpowering. Perhaps it's more just a matter of personal taste. Read More
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