Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing

This recipe for Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing turns salad into a sumptuous feast. The creamy texture is outrageously good, without any dairy or mayonnaise. How? The trick is blending a little coconut milk with avocado then adding an abundance of fresh herbs to drown out the coconut flavor. The result is a savory, herbal, garlicky dressing that’s shockingly good over greens with chicken, steak or salmon.

You’re welcome to top greens with leftover chicken and drizzle a little oil and lemon juice on top, but why, when you could have a Green Goddess Chicken Salad with Bacon? Simply toss chunks of cooked chicken in Green Goddess dressing and pile it high on a bed of romaine (and other veggies too, if you like). Top liberally with crumbles of bacon and you have a salad you won’t soon forget.

Salad is a favorite Primal meal because it’s fast, it’s healthy and the variations are endless. Whether you’ve been following the Primal lifestyle for awhile or are just getting the hang of it (or back on track) with the 21-Day Challenge, recipes like this make it so easy to eat well.

Hungry for more? Another two-dozen amazing new salad dressing recipes are in the Primal cookbook coming out in December, Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings (learn more below). With recipes this easy and this good, every salad you make will be more than just a meal. It will be a Primal feast.

Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess salad dressing was invented at a hotel in San Francisco in the early 1900s and has been a classic ever since. In this dairy-free Primal version, coconut milk and avocado replace the sour cream and the mayo.

When you’re making this dressing, don’t worry too much about measuring exact amounts of the herbs – the more the better. Just grab a handful and use cooking shears to snip them into the food processor.

Quantity: 1 cup


  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (60 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (45 ml)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley (120 ml)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil (60 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh tarragon (15 ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1.25 ml)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (120 ml)


Blend the first nine ingredients in the food processor until combined.

With the blade running, pour in the oil and process until the dressing thickens and the herbs are finely chopped.

This dressing is best if used within 5 days.

Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings Coming Soon!

Grilled steaks or chops are admittedly great, but what if the right rub or marinade could make them outstanding? Broiled fish is among the healthiest of foods, but seafood dishes often cry out for the added flavor of a savory sauce. Nothing beats salads or steamed veggies for nutritional value, but why not make them more tempting—and even more nutritious—with a flavorful dressing loaded with antioxidants and nourishing fats? And while berries make a delicious snack, the right topping can make them a decadent dessert. Sometimes all it takes to transform an ordinary meal into a mouthwatering culinary masterpiece is an added rub, sauce, marinade, or dressing. Unfortunately, most traditional flavor enhancers contain sugars, trans fats, gluten, MSG, and other objectionable ingredients.

Following the remarkable worldwide success of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and The Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals, bestselling author Mark Sisson and chef Jennifer Meier team up again to present Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings. Based on the Primal/Paleo eating strategy that has been scientifically proven to help you burn off excess body fat, boost energy, and delay the aging process, Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings offers over 120 easy-to-prepare recipes with an almost infinite number of uses. Finally, you can bring rich and satisfying flavor to healthful meals while adding Omega-3 fats, powerful antioxidants, and other vital nutrients. And you don’t have to compromise great taste or spend hours slaving over complicated preparations. With options organized into convenient categories and presented with vibrant photos and simple directions, you’ll become a Primal kitchen whiz on everything from macadamia salad dressing, to brown butter sage sauce, to coconut milk whipped cream!

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