Green Goddess Bibb Salad

Green Goddess Bibb Salad – creamy herbal Green Goddess dressing, made from scratch, perfectly complements soft buttery Bibb lettuce.
Green Goddess Bibb Salad

Green Goddess Bibb Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Once again it is time for Sunday Supper and this week the bloggers, including myself, are posting recipes for Healthy Green St. Patrick’s Day recipes. One of the things that makes me think of early Spring Irish recipes is the availability of herbs, and lettuces are one of the first veggies to grow. So having a Bibb salad with homemade Green Goddess dressing, even though it is not authentically Irish (or even remotely) still seems just perfect to me.

Green Goddess Bibb Salad

You might think that Green Goddess dressing is some hair-brained idea that hippies in the 1960’s dreamed up while living in some California commune,  growing their own vegetables and herbs, since this type of dressing had a peak of popularity then. But in fact, the dressing was created  by the chef of The Palace Hotel  (in San Francisco) during the early part of the 20th century as an homage to actor George Arliss and his play, the Green Goddess, which was also later made into a movie in 1930.

The dressing itself is actually quite easy to make in a food processor, and the extra dressing, stored in a small canning jar, keeps for about a week, refrigerated. It makes a great side to any dinner, and if you add something like grilled chicken or grilled salmon,  it would also make a wonderful healthy dinner salad.

I like making dressings from scratch rather than buying bottled dressings full of preservatives or other things I don’t use myself. I did pick up the herbs fresh from the market, but later in Spring, when my plant stands are covered with garden herbs, making something like this is always such fun, especially when I have grown the herbs myself. Do you grow any herbs at home? How do you use your herb bounty in summertime? Let me know in the comments.

Green Goddess Bibb Salad

Green Goddess Bibb Salad

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Green Goddess Bibb Salad
Yield: 1-1/2 cups dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2  cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Bibb Salad:

  • Bibb or Boston lettuce, torn by hand
  • Toppings: avocado, hard-cooked egg, sliced tomato, croutons, black pepper


  1. Puree dressing ingredients in food processor until smooth.
  2. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to one week.
  3. Toss dressing lightly with salad- do not over apply.
  4. Serve salad with toppings of choice: I like sliced avocado, hard-cooked egg, tomatoes and croutons.

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8 responses

  1. I never knew the history of that dressing. It sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m always looking for a good dressing recipe.

  2. I am so jonesin’ for this! I wish I had some fresh herbs….I will this summer but not now. This is definitely on my to make list. I love fresh herbs especially the tarragon.You don’t see that in many recipes. Delicious!

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