The Best Healthy Green Goddess Dressing | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jul. 3. 2018
Eat Well

The Best Healthy Green Goddess Dressing

Jul. 3. 2018
Eat Well
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder

Have fresh herbs? Use them in the best healthy green goddess dressing that you’ll want to put on everything.

Made with fresh parsley, dill, mint, jalapeno for a kick of heat, dairy-free yogurt, avocado, olive oil, and green onions — this dressing will turn into your favorite dip, spread, sauce, marinade, and condiment for the summer.

I’m a huge fan of green goddess dressing, I can’t tell you how many store-bought brands I’ve tried (and loved) but there’s something so easy about making it from home, being more resourceful, and utilizing all the fresh herbs you’re growing this season. We have a mini-garden, mostly filled with herbs and jalapenos so this recipe is perfect to keep in weekly rotation during the summer months — you can put it on anything!

How To Use Green Goddess Dressing

You can use green goddess dressing as well, a salad dressing, but also you can get creative using it as a sandwich spread, a dip for roasted or raw vegetables, a spread for crackers, a sauce for grilled fish, chicken, or baked tofu. The possibilities are endless and you can also replace one herb with another just in case you’re low on something or don’t have dill/parsley/mint at home.

This recipe is made dairy-free (vegan-friendly) using one of my favorite yogurts, but you can also use an organic or local full-fat dairy if that fits in your lifestyle, but I recommend using a plain coconut kefir for the tang or a plain almond milk yogurt, both will give you the flavor and texture needed for this recipe.

Do Herbs Have Health Benefits?

Yes! Yes, herbs across the board are nutrient-dense and some have very unique health benefits — cilantro, for example, helps support the bodies natural detoxification process with binding to heavy metals to pass from our systems.

The fresh herbs used in this healthy green goddess dressing is dill, parsley, and mint. All of which have their own unique nutrient profile, let’s take parsley, for example, which is rich in vitamin C, which can help support our immune system to ward off the common cold to preventing cancer. Parsley is also a good source of beta-carotene which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

Mint, for example, has been shown to help promote brain function and mood, studies have also shown that peppermint can help relieve digestive issues, like an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Mint is a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

In addition to some great health benefits, herbs also contain a wide array of nutrients from vitamins, antioxidants, to minerals; regardless of the amount you eat, adding herbs to your dishes can be a way to enhance flavor and enhance nutrition, easily.

A Case For Using More Herbs In Cooking

One of the most frequent conversations I have with my clients when it comes to cooking is their reservation or lack of using fresh herbs in their cooking at home! It’s always a surprise, but it’s actually really common that most of us don’t think to add fresh herbs to our cooking, it completely transforms recipes from flavor, texture, to add a boost of nutrients.

Infusing flavor, texture, and aroma, fresh herbs are the fabric of a flavorful and well-balanced meal.  Although they’re an optional addition to some recipes, herbs are the finishing touch that ties all ingredients together!

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Mint

Mint, for example, has been shown to help promote brain function and mood, studies have also shown that peppermint can help relieve digestive issues, like an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Mint is a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

Vitamin C

The fresh herbs used in this healthy green goddess dressing is dill, parsley, and mint. All of which have their own unique nutrient profile, let’s take parsley, for example, which is rich in vitamin C, which can help support our immune system to ward off the common cold to preventing cancer. Parsley is also a good source of beta-carotene which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

The Recipe

Serves 10

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Ingredients

1 cup non-dairy plain almond or coconut yogurt (I recommend Kite Hill)

1 bunch (about 1/2 cup) fresh parsley

1 bunch (about 1/2 cup) fresh dill

1/4 cup) fresh mint

2 green onions

1 jalapeño, de-seeded

1/4-1/3 cup olive oil (or avocado oil)

1 teaspoon sea salt

Ground black pepper, adjust to taste

Instructions

Step 1

In a food processor, pulse together on low all the ingredients until creamy. Depending on the texture and amount of liquid the yogurt you’re using has, you may have to add more olive oil to bring the dressing together.

Step 2

Adjust seasonings to taste. The goal of the dressing is slightly thick and creamy enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Leftovers? Store it

Store any leftovers in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week. Enjoy this recipe cold or at room temperature for best flavor.

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