Green Goddess Salad


This gorgeous green goddess salad combines fresh shrimp, cucumber, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes with homemade dressing.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings

Why Is It Called Green Goddess Salad?

Green goddess is a salad dressing that's traditionally made with mayonnaise, sour cream and fresh green herbs. Our take on green goddess dressing is beautifully green and creamy with avocado, which is loaded with good-for-you fats. Use your choice of fresh green herbs, such as tarragon, sorrel and/or chives. Nonfat buttermilk makes it creamy and a dash of tarragon vinegar or white-wine vinegar adds tang.

Can I Make the Dressing Ahead?

You can make the dressing up to 1 day in advance. Prepare the recipe through Step 1. Cover and refrigerate the dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • ½ avocado, peeled and pitted

  • ¾ cup nonfat buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, sorrel and/or chives

  • 2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar, or white-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste, or minced anchovy fillet

  • 8 cups bite-size pieces green leaf lettuce

  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined cooked shrimp, (21-25 per pound; see Ingredient note)

  • ½ cucumber, sliced

  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed

  • 1 cup rinsed and chopped canned artichoke hearts

  • ½ cup chopped celery


  1. Puree avocado, buttermilk, herbs, vinegar and anchovy in a blender until smooth.

  2. Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top with shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts and celery. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.



Ingredient note

Shrimp are sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, "21-25 count" means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as "large" or "extra large," are not standardized, so to be sure you're getting the size you want, order by the count (or number) per pound.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
6g Fat
31g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Vitamin A 4599IU 92%
Vitamin C 25mg 27%
Folate 176mcg 44%
Sodium 1146mg 50%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 793mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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