Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

Soaked cashews blended with basil, chives, and tarragon, briny capers, fresh garlic, and plenty of lemon juice punch up the flavors of this vegan green goddess dressing, sauce, or dip. Serve with raw or roasted vegetables, toss in salads, and spread on sandwiches. Naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

creamy cashew green goddess dressing

Green Goddess Dressing, Historically

It’s no secret that we’re big green goddess fans around here. Basil, chives, and tarragon (sometimes with dill or parsley) make an addictive blend of flavors and tend to beautify anything they touch with a spring green hue. And it’s no wonder, since the green goddess salad originated in our fair foggy city of San Francisco nearly 100 years ago at the Palace Hotel.

The story goes that chef Philip Roemer invented the dressing in 1923 in honor of actor George Arliss, a guest at the hotel while he starred in a play with the same name. The original dressing is made with mayonnaise and anchovies in addition to the herbs and seasonings. But here’s an easy vegan version that may be even tastier than the original, and sure to please vegans and vegetarians alike.

ingredients on table

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing for Everyone

The recipe takes inspiration from Andrea’s garlic & herb cashew cream sauce, a mix of soaked cashews blended with fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, and olive oil. The sauce features in her stunner of a cookbook paired with kohlrabi fritters which Erin captured so beautifully here.

For my green goddess dressing, I use a mix of basil, chives, and tarragon, and I add capers to take the place of the salty/briny anchovies in the traditional version. Plenty of garlic, lemon juice, and a slug of olive oil punch up the flavors.

We love this on salad, but it’s thick enough to use as a dip for crackers, bread, or fresh vegetables or to spread on sandwiches or wraps. Thin it with a bit more water and it takes on a drizzleable consistency for greens or roasted vegetables.

pouring creamy cashew green goddess dressing on salad

Made with nourishing plant-based ingredients and packed with fresh flavor, this vegan green goddess dressing is sure to bring out the inner goddess in you.

creamy cashew green goddess dressing on salad

More Green Goddess Recipes:

*Thanks for reading! For more Bojon Gourmet in your life, follow along on InstagramFacebook, or Pinterest, purchase my gluten-free cookbook Alternative Baker, or subscribe to receive new posts via email. And if you make this green goddess salad recipe, I’d love to see! Tag your Instagram snaps @The_Bojon_Gourmet and  #bojongourmet.*

creamy cashew green goddess dressing
5 from 3 votes

Creamy Cashew Green Goddess Dressing {vegan}

Print Recipe  /  Pin Recipe
A bright, herbaceous plant-based dressing, sauce, or dip for salads, sandwiches, veggies, and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups


  • ½ cup (75 g) raw cashews (covered in boiling water and soaked 1-8 hours)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) packed tarragon leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) drained capers
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) fresh lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) ice water, plus more as needed


  • In the bowl of a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the soaked and drained cashews, basil, chives, tarragon, garlic, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and 1/4 cup ice water. Blend, increasing the speed to medium, until the dressing is creamy-smooth, adding more ice water as needed until you like the consistency. Taste, adding more lemon or salt if you like. Refrigerate airtight for up to 1 week.


Using ice water helps prevent the dressing from getting too warm as it blends, which could discolor the herbs and change the flavor of the dressing.
Nutritional values are based on one of eight servings.


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Making this? I'd love to see!Tag your snaps @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #bojongourmet!

creamy cashew green goddess dressing in pot

Leave a comment & rating

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

11 thoughts on “Vegan Green Goddess Dressing”

  1. Up until reading your post, I didn’t know the “Green Goddess” salad was a thing, I thought it was just a buzz word used by the food industry to describe a “healthy” meal based on green ingredients. Goes to show you really do learn something everyday :-)

    I love cashew sauces, and that basil chive and tarragon flavour combo sounds irresistible.

    1. @james Green goddess is a classic dressing made famous in modern times by Annie’s Green Goddess Dressing, at least in my world : )

      I’ve made my own for years but didn’t know there were specific herbs, just added whatever I had around! Thank you for specifics along with the capers addition – I’m definitely making this!

  2. This is really saving me as I have to cut more and more dairy from my diet (sad face. Luckily, butter lives on!) and I occasionally crave a richer, creamier alternative to olive oil and lemon juice on a salad (the standard Mediterranean way.) But, I have a query about the herbs: I have a knee-jerk reaction to tarragon, much as I do to cilantro. Can I just use more of the others, or sub in something else? Another mild herb (marjoram, perhaps? Oregano?)

    1. Hi Susan, no worries about the tarragon – I would try parsley or dill as an alternative; I worry oregano and marjoram will be a bit too strong, but do feel free to experiment and go with your gut. Let me know how you like it! :)

  3. last week i made the mayo-based dressing from this recipe: “green goddess sandwiches”… and just now i made this cashew-based version. I love them both for different reasons and am so glad i tried them out. Probably the cashew version will be my ‘go to’