Chef John's Green Goddess Dressing


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
16 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • cup chopped fresh tarragon

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 anchovy fillet

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. 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.

    close up view of Chef John's Green Goddess Dressing in a small white bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

124 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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