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Green goddess is a salad dressing, typically containing mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and pepper. Before the advent of ranch dressing, green goddess was one of the most popular salad dressings on the West Coast of the United States.


The dressing is named for its tint. The most accepted theory regarding its origins points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923, when the hotel's executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit. This dressing is a variation of a dressing originated in France by a Chef to Louis XIII who made a Sauce Au Vert (Green Sauce) which was traditionally served with 'Green Eel'.

In the early 1970s, salad dressing maker Seven Seas produced a bottled version of this dressing. It is still made in limited quantities, although the company has since been purchased by Kraft Foods. It is sold at online outlets like The Vermont Country Store and Wal-Mart. Green goddess dressing is an ingredient in several crab-based salad recipes, including that for the well-known Crab Louis.


Trader Joe's makes a version called simply Goddess Dressing, which is made with tahini and is beige rather than green. Annie's Naturals, a maker of natural salad dressings and sauces, makes two similar versions, an ovo-lacto-vegetarian variant called Organic Green Goddess Dressing, as well as a vegan version similar to the original called Goddess Dressing. Like the Trader Joe's product, the Annie's Naturals Goddess Dressing is also made with tahini.

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