This Green Goddess salad is a fast and simple cabbage salad that has gone mega viral on TikTok. Green Goddess salad is a popular salad, but the version that Baked by Melissa shares is light, easy and vegan. The version I will be making uses grilled chicken and Greek yogurt which adds a lot of protein making the salad filling and satisfying. The recipe is also nut-free for those with nut allergies.
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The Green Goddess salad is quick and easy to make and the main ingredients include green cabbage, green onions and cucumbers. The green goddess dressing is named for its beautiful fresh green tint. The dressing is creamy and tastes fresh, herby and tangy because of the Greek yogurt and the herbs used. It has the creaminess of a ranch dressing but this version is light, healthy and zesty and is the perfect dressing for spring and summer.
Why You’ll Love this Green Goddess Salad Version
- It is loaded with protein and fiber which will help keep you full.
- The recipe is versatile to be eaten on its own, as a dip or in a wrap.
- The ingredients can easily be substituted. You can make the recipe vegan, dairy-free or you can add even add nuts like cashews.
Ingredients to Make Green Goddess Salad With Chicken
- Cabbage: use green cabbage and dice it finely.
- Cucumber: a refreshing vegetable and very hydrating. Make sure to chop them up small.
- Green onions: these elevate the salad and are a way to add a zesty taste.
- Grilled chicken: an easy way to add protein to the salad which will help keep you full for longer. Whether your goal is weight loss or to improve your health in general, this article how to build your meals for sustainable weight loss goes into all the details about building your meals in a balanced healthy way.
How To Make Green Goddess Salad With Chicken
Cook the chicken
- Cover the chicken with the marinade ingredients.
- Cook in a hot skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes each side until golden-brown.
How To Make Nut-Free Green Goddess Dressing With Avocado
The dressing ingredients include lemon, spinach, basil, avocado, greek yogurt, shallot, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic cloves and salt. Add Greek yogurt and a medium avocado for a creamy, satisfying and healthy Green goddess dressing recipe. The Greek yogurt adds protein and the avocado is a source of good fats.
Prepare the TikTok Famous Green Goddess Salad
This salad is made from simple ingredients: green cabbage, cucumbers and green onions. There are many different variations so don’t be nervous to add more of your favorite herbs like cilantro or parsley and other vegetables like romaine lettuce.
Tips to make this recipe
- Marinate the chicken ahead of time to save time and to get the most flavor.
- Use a chopper to speed up the chopping and dicing process. I use this easy to use vegetable chopper.
- If the dressing is too thick, add water, a tablespoon at a time until you get your preferred consistency.
- Adjust flavors to your liking. Add pumpkin seeds for extra crunch and a boost of healthy fats, a dollop of yogurt, or dried cranberries if you like the sweet-and-salty combination like I do.
Green Goddess FAQ
Even though the original recipe uses anchovies, green onions, parsley, tarragon, mayo, sour cream, and chives, the green goddess salad dressing we’re making today is a much lighter and healthier version. This version is low carb (simple carbs to be specific) but loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats.
In wraps, on protein (like steaks or grilled chicken), on tacos and with tortilla chips. You can also make a quinoa salad with green goddess dressing (simply substitute the grilled chicken with quinoa).
You can make this salad ahead of time but the ingredients are best eaten fresh to preserve as much of the herby zesty and bright ingredients. It is also best to add the dressing when served.
This recipe is versatile and substitutions are easy. If you don’t like cabbage you can use chopped lettuce or kale instead.
The green goddess dressing can last up to 4 days in the fridge.
The time frame for this recipe is short if mixed ahead of time. If the salad is mixed, it will last 1-2 days in the fridge. However, if you keep the ingredients separate it can last up to 4 days in the fridge.
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Green Goddess Salad With Chicken (nut free)
- 1/2 small cabbage finely chopped
- 1 large English cucumber finely diced
- 1 bunch green onions sliced
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic pressed
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
Green Goddess Dressing
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 small shallot
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 avocado medium
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cook the chicken: Marinade the chicken with the ingredients, keeping a tablespoon of oil for the skillet. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Once cooked, remove from heat and slice into strips.
- Make the dressing: In a blender or food processor, add the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Prepare the vegetables: chop and dice vegetables for the salad and add prepared vegetables to a large salad bowl. Add the chicken strips on top and pour the dressing over.
- Toss well until all the ingredients are well coated.
- Make Ahead: You can make the dressing up to three days ahead of time and you can prepare the chicken up to 4 days ahead of time for a quick and healthy meal.
- Marinate the chicken ahead of time to save time and have the flavors fully combine.
- If the dressing is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until your desired consistency.