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Skinny Green Goddess Dip

This Skinny Green Goddess Dip recipe lets you enjoy all the fresh flavors of the classic dressing without the guilt from all of that pesky fat and calories.
Skinny Green Goddess Dip in a green bowl with vegetables on a wooden board

Today let’s talk about “Retro Food” OK?
 You know, the dishes that transport you back to years gone by? 


Or maybe that funky dish that Aunt Mary used to bring to the family potlucks, the one you avoided at all costs? 
Or better yet, that heavy condensed soup laden dish that (my Mom) used to serve just about every week? Yup, that’s the stuff! 


Have you ever done a search on “retro food”? 
Try it on Google, or go to Pinterest. You will probably recognize some of the things that pop up, but OhhhEmmmmGeeee the other stuff? 
It is hard to believe that these even existed let alone were popular! I mean, canned hamburgers? Seriously? WOW!! My Mom was the Queen of all of that “new fangled” stuff. The newest easy meal ideas were things she just couldn’t resist. I am so glad she never found the canned hamburgers!!
Skinny Green Goddess Dip in a green bowl with vegetables on a wooden board
Since I have been all about nibbling and snacking lately (check out my Chipotle Black Bean DipSpicy Roasted ChickpeasRoasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus, and Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip), I have been looking for new ways to satisfy my cravings without loading up on fat and calories. That was why I chose to take Green Goddess Dressing and turn it into a healthy dip as my recipe for this week. 
This dressing didn’t become popular until the 1970’s when Seven Seas began producing it in their salad dressing line, but Green Goddess Dressing has been around for almost 100 years. 
It is said that it was originally created by chef Philip Roemer at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. He wanted to give tribute to George Arliss, who was an actor in the hit play The Green Goddess. It was actually a take on a dressing that originated in France by chef to Louis XIII. He created a sauce au vert (green sauce) which was traditionally served with “green eel”. 
Ummmmm I don’t know about you, but I will pass on the whole eel thing!
This dip however? Now, this is something I will never pass on. Between the tang of the Greek yogurt, which I am a huge sucker for, and the fresh herbs, this dip has become a staple in my fridge. I can grab a handful of fresh veggies and this dip when my afternoon munchies attack and feel good about it. 
I even got Mini-Me (AKA Miss Picky Pants) on board with it! Ya, it shocked the crap out of me too!! With the warm spring days coming soon (I am a glass if half full kinda girl), I am excited to have a nice cool snack I can fall back on. 
What is your favorite dip to snack on? Do you lighten it up?
Skinny Green Goddess Dip in a green bowl with vegetables on a wooden board
Yield: Approx 1 cup
Skinny Green Goddess Dip in a green bowl with vegetables on a wooden board

Skinny Green Goddess Dip

This Green Goddess Dip lets you enjoy all the fresh flavors of this classic dressing without the guilt from all of that pesky fat and calories.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins


  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives 
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil 
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste 
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped 
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Combine all dip ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse just until combined.* See notes
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Serve with fresh veggies or baked chips.


A reader commented that she used her Vitamix to blend the dip and it came out very runny. I used my Ninja with the same result with my tzatziki sauce. I used my Cuisinart food processor with this recipe originally and pulsed just until combined. 
You could also chop the herbs finely by hand and stir them into the mayo and Greek yogurt.
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  1. What's funny is back in the 80's I would not have touched Green Goddess anything and now I'd eat it anytime.

  2. What a terrific dip, Bobbi! I remember loving the salad dressing back in the day, and I'm certain I'd go nuts for your gorgeous dip!!!

  3. I remember when we first talked about retro food a few years ago and I looked it up. All I could think was thank goodness a lot of those things were no longer popular when I was little. Oh the horror of some of them. But thankfully there were a few popular gems from those decades. 🙂

  4. Green Goddess Dip I know been around forever! I Remember seeing in some vintage church cookbooks as a kid, I always wondered why was called Green Goddess 🙂

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    Diana @DandelionGreens

    I love your lightened up recipe! I especially love the addition of fresh tarragon- delicious!

  6. Mmmm…I LOVE GG dressing!

  7. What a fabulous dip Bobbi. Simply awesome!!!

  8. I rediscovered this dressing last summer and love your lightened-up version

  9. I try and lighten every dip and I love using green yogurt to do it! I love this version and can't wait to try it. I also googled retro foods and could NOT believe what came up lol!!

  10. I had forgotten all about Green Goddess dressing. Thanks for the memories….

  11. I love this dressing but can you believe I've never made it myself?

  12. Such a beautiful color for spring!

  13. I have always loved Green Goddess dressing. And I love herbal dips too and this one looks great!

  14. I've made a healthy version of green goddess dressing, but never thought about doing it as a dip. genius.

  15. This sounds yummy! Love it as a dip.

  16. I remember when the dressing came out I thought it was so cool because it was green. I love this dip, perfect with veggies for snacking!

  17. This GG version sounds delicious!

  18. I think my next party will have a retro theme just so I have an excuse to make a bunch of these recipes!

  19. I don't snack on dip much anymore because it's not always healthy, but this is a great compromise.

  20. I wasn't a fan either. It is funny how our tastes change!!

  21. I know right? Seriously scary stuff LOL

  22. Me too, that's why I just had to look it up.

  23. I was the same with Ranch dressing LOL

  24. I have been turning just about everything into a dip lately LOL

  25. You're right, this is some serious retro, I love it! Though I've noticed it's made a comeback recently – Ina Garten seems to love it. 🙂

    -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

  26. I know what you mean Laura, but I am such a dipaholic I have to find ways to get my fix LOL

  27. My dressing turned out very runny. I did use the Vitamix. Would that have been the problem or is this supposed to be very runny. It did not turn out like a dip. Please advise. Thank you.

  28. Yes that could have been the problem. I processed it in a regular food processor just until combined. I have used my Ninja for my tzatziki sauce and it ended up runny so I think those blenders must just go to fast. I hand blend my tzatziki sauce now. I will edit the recipe to reflect your exxperience.

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