Mayo-Free Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Mayo-Free Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

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All the flavour of Green Goddess Dressing without the mayo! This Vegan Mayo-Free Avocado Green Goddess Dressing makes a fabulous salad dressing or dip, a topping for power bowls or tacos, or a marinade for shrimp or chicken. Keto-friendly!

A dish of green goddess dip with fresh veggies around it.

Who doesn’t love this classic California dressing? Green Goddess dressing became popular in the 1920s in San Francisco where it was made with a base of full-fat mayonnaise, sour cream and anchovies.

Tasty, but not so great for our heart health . . . or waistline!

❤️ Why you’ll love this mayo-free Green Goddess recipe

  • This lighter recipe for Green Goddess Dressing with tarragon has just as much flavour, it’s just as creamy, but you’ll make it with a base of avocado instead of mayonnaise.
  • This is a green goddess dressing without anchovies for all you anchovy-haters!
  • It has a wonderful zestiness from lemon and lime juices.
  • Chives and fresh tarragon give it a characteristic green hue and add light, fresh flavours.
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Fresh pea pods, tomatoes, asparagus and other vegetables around a dish of green goddess dip.

? Ingredients

  • avocado 
  • lime 
  • lemon
  • white wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • light salad oil *use avocado oil or olive oil for keto diet
  • water 
  • sea salt
  • fresh chives 
  • fresh tarragon 

? Instructions

First, believe me, you honestly won’t miss the mayonnaise or sour cream!

Choose a ripe avocado, remove the pit and scoop the flesh from the peel. Next, add it to a blender along with the remaining ingredients, then blend until smooth and creamy.

This vegan recipe makes a thick dressing that is best on sturdy greens like romaine or kale. Unless you thin it out with water, it’s not a pourable dressing, so toss your salad before serving.

To thin it out to use as a dressing, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

Overhead view of a jar filled with green goddess dip.

? Five ways to use Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Here are a few suggestions for ways to use this green goddess dressing.

  1. Use it as a cool, creamy dressing for your favourite salad.
  2. It makes a pretty dip for fresh vegetables.
  3. It’s a fabulous dressing for potato salad.
  4. Try it as a topping for fish or shrimp tacos.
  5. As a dressing for your favourite power bowl!

This Green Goddess dressing with tarragon is made without anchovies, and it’s gluten-free, vegan and paleo. If you use avocado oil or olive oil, it’s suitable for ketogenic diets, too!

Dipping an asparagus spear into may-free green goddess dip.

⏰ How long will this dressing keep?

This vegan Green Goddess dressing (or dip) will keep up to a week in a covered jar in the refrigerator. Adding lemon and lime juice to the recipe helps to keep this dip’s beautiful green colour without turning brown!

? More salad dressing and dip recipes

Love healthy salad dressing recipes? Try this oh-so-popular Hollyhock Nutritional Yeast Dressing and find more tips and recipe ideas in How to Make Homemade Salad Dressing.

Looking for more healthy dip recipe ideas? You’ll find more inspiration in the dip category of my recipe index.

This recipe was slightly adapted from the dressing used in King Crab Cobb Salad by Ned Bell in Lure:  Healthy, Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast.

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? Recipe

A dish of green goddess dip with fresh vegetables for dipping.

Mayo-Free Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Use this versatile Mayo-Free Avocado Green Goddess Dressing and Dip for salads or goddess bowls, as a dip for veggies, a topping for tacos, or a marinade for shrimp or chicken. It’s also delicious on pasta or potato salad. Best on sturdier greens like romaine or kale.


Course: Dressings and Sauces

Cuisine: American, Canadian, Gluten-Free, Keto, paleo, Vegan

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 16

Calories: 83kcal


  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 medium lime, zest and juice of
  • 1 medium lemon, zest and juice of
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • ¼ cup light salad oil, *use avocado oil or olive oil for keto diet
  • ½ cup water, more for a thinner dressing
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped


  • Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.


Store this green goddess dressing in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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