There are some salads that are just so good, you can’t help but crave them. Green Goddess Salad is one of those salads. The combination of fresh greens, sweet diced red bell peppers, and creamy avocado is irresistible. And to top it off, we’ve added a delicious green goddess dressing made with herbs and several green vegetables. So good, you’ll want to make this salad a regular part of your diet!
According to Wikipedia, Green Goddess Salad originated in the 1920s at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was made for actor George Arliss, who was in town performing in a play called The Green Goddess. The salad was so popular that it was added to the hotel’s menu. The salad was made with english cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped with a wonderful dressing made with fresh herbs.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
We’re all looking for ways to improve our diets and make them a little bit healthier, right? This Green Goddess Salad is the perfect way to do just that! Last week I shared how to make Green Goddess Dressing, packed full of delicious and nutritious ingredients. Now you can use the dressing in this salad.
- This Green Goddess Salad is healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
- It’s perfect for a light lunch or dinner, and it’s a great way to get your daily dose of veggies.
- The avocado and dressing add tons of healthy fats and flavor, while the tomatoes and greens provide plenty of fiber and nutrients.
You only need a new basic kitchen tools to help you make this easy and healthy salad. This salad is so good, you might just become a goddess after eating it. The mix of flavorful ingredients comes together to create a delicious and nutritious dish that’s perfect for any occasion.
- Large bowl
- Knife and cutting board
You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious and healthy salad. You may already have most these ingredients on hand which can help you avoid a trip to the grocery store.
- iceberg lettuce, chopped
- finely chopped cucumber
- red bell pepper, finely diced
- avocado, diced
- Green onions, chopped
- Green Goddess Salad Dressing
HOW TO MAKE THIS GREEN GODDESS SALAD
It only takes a few simple steps to make this salad. Just follow these easy instructions and you’ll have a healthy and delicious meal in no time.
PRE-STEP 1: MAKE THE SALAD DRESSING
Break out the food process or blender and mix up the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
STEP 1: PREP THE SALAD INGREDIENTS
Make the salad: chop the vegetables, then toss lettuce, cucumber, pepper, and green onion in a large salad bowl.
STEP 2: POUR THE DRESSING OVER THE SALAD
Pour dressing over salad, as much as you feel is right, and toss to coat.
STEP 3: STORE ANY EXTRA DRESSING
Store any extra dressing in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.
WHAT TO SERVE
This salad is perfect as a standalone meal, but you can also serve it as part of a larger spread. It would be great alongside some grilled chicken or fish, or maybe even some roasted veggies. No matter how you serve it, this Green Goddess Salad is sure to be a hit!
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
Want to change up this recipe, and personalize it? Here are some of my favorite ways to do that. The variations of this recipe are endless, so feel free to get creative! This salad is versatile and can easily be adapted to your own taste.
- Try using different greens, like romaine or spinach
- Add some crunch to your salad by adding tossing in some of your favorite nuts and seeds to this salad.
- For additional protein and flavor you can toss in some cheese, blue cheese or crumbled feta would be great.
- Try adding grilled chicken for a heartier meal or fresh to make this a complete meal.
- If you’re looking to add a bit more spice, try adding a diced jalapeno pepper.
- Add more vegetables to this salad with carrots, celery, broccoli, shaved brussels sprouts or other green veggies of your choice.
- Not a fan of red bell pepper? Replace the pepper with diced tomatoes.
- You can also grab some tortilla chips or pita chips and eat this salad like a dip.
- Nutritional yeast is a great addition to this salad instead of cheese.
- A fresh squeeze of lime juice would give a nice burst fresh flavor.
HOW TO STORE
The Green Goddess Dressing makes enough salad dressing for 2 large salads. Store any leftover dressing in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to one week. Leftover salad can be stored covered in the fridge for up to one day. Be sure to use it the next day however. Just a note though, I don’t recommend that you store the salad if it’s already dressed as it will get soggy.
Do you have questions about this Green Goddess Salad recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
This salad has a bright and tangy flavor when you coat it in the creamy dressing.
My recipe does not include anchovies, however you can add them if you like.
Yes, this salad is healthy and loaded with nutrients. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of veggies.
OTHER DELICIOUS RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
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- Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Salad
Hope you give this Green Goddess Salad a try and it ends up being one of your favorite salads to add to your meal rotation. Don’t forget that any leftover dressing can be used as a spread or dip!
GREEN GODDESS DRESSING
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ of an avocado
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 cup packed fresh baby spinach
- ¼ cup fresh chives
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- 3 green onions, trimmed (greens and white part)
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
GREEN GODDESS SALAD
- Half of head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped cucumber
- 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
- Half of avocado, diced
- 2 Green onions, chopped
- Prepare the salad dressing by blending all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Set aside.
- Chop the lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, avocado and green onion.
- Toss the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.
- Pour prepared salad dressing over the salad in 1/4 cup increments. Fold in the salad and toss to coat. Add additional dressing to suit your preference.
Red bell pepper may be replaced with diced tomatoes.
Mayonnaise or sour cream can be used in the dressing in place of the yogurt.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.
This recipe was first published May, 2014 and has since been updated with additional photos and step by step details, March 2022.
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