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I’ve made a Green Goddess Salad before, but nothing like this viral version made popular on TikTok by Baked By Melissa! What’s amazing about this version is the creamy green goddess salad dressing that coats the salad ingredients well, giving it a true guacamole vibe, ready for dipping with tortilla chips.
This green goddess salad is one of those salads that is not boring at all and will get the whole family excited to dip tortilla chips in their salad! It’s a fast and simple cabbage salad that results in loads of great flavor.
why you’ll love this Green Goddess Salad
- It’s a simple way to get a boost of veggies in a fun different way.
- It has a nice crisp flavor from the cabbage that is refreshing and light!
- It’s versatile to be eaten on it’s own, with chips or as a topping.
Ingredients to make Cabbage and Cucumber Salad
- Cabbage: I use green cabbage for this recipe and make sure that I chop it nice and thin.
- Cucumbers: Wash the cucumbers well and then chop them up as they add such a refreshing flavor and texture.
- Green onions: Using green onions creates a nice balance of flavors with a hint of that onion flavor.
- Dressing: The dressing ingredients include: baby spinach, fresh basil, garlic cloves, a small shallot, lemon juice, olive oil, cashews, Parmesan cheese, rice vinegar, and salt.
How to make green goddess salad
make the green goddess salad dressing
- Add the dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor.
- Blend/mix until well combined without any chunks of veggies leftover.
assemble the green salad
- Add the green cabbage, chopped cucumbers and chopped green onions to a bowl.
- Pour the salad dressing on top.
- Use tongs and toss/mix together until coated well.
Tips for making cabbage dressing
- Chop up everything finely. The beauty of this salad that made it go viral on TikTok is how everything is finely chopped in a way that makes the salad perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.
- Use a food processor for chopping. While that may sometimes release extra moisture in the vegetables, it’s a not a bad idea chop them that way, especially since you can then use the food processor for make the green goddess salad dressing.
- Don’t skip the olive oil in the dressing. The olive oil helps to emulsify the dressing to create a thick and creamy green goddess salad dressing. Otherwise the dressing may get watery or separate.
- Don’t add too much dressing. You can alter if you want to add all the dressing or just a little bit of dressing. It’s up to you on how you want the texture.
popular substitutions & additions
- Make it vegan. The only ingredient in the green goddess salad dressing that is not plant-based is the parmesan cheese. However, the original recipe this is based on is made with nutritional yeast, so feel free to use that instead!
- Switch out the nuts. The cashews give this salad dressing a great nutty taste and more texture but it works with any other nuts like walnuts, almonds or pecans.
- Try it with hummus. I’ve made this version on TikTok using pesto hummus that I blended with extra basil and lemon juice to make it bright green. It’s a faster way to achieve a similar green goddess salad dressing that’s lemony, garlicky and full protein! The recipe for that dressing is 1 cup pesto hummus, ½ cup packed spinach and/or basil and ¼ cup lemon juice. Watch me make this version on Live with Kelly & Ryan.
what to serve with your green cabbage salad
- Tortilla chips! This is the original way that the recipe was intended to be served since the green goddess salad is chopped up so small. You can also use pita chips or other crackers.
- Tacos. If you’re looking for a unique topping for beef tacos, look no further than this simple salad recipe!
- Main protein. This would be an amazing addition to add to grilled shrimp or oven baked chicken to add some extra flavors.
- Rice bowls. Adding this to the top of a grain bowl is a great way to add in some extra nutrition, crunch, flavor and color!
how to store Green Goddess Salad
best way to store leftover cabbage salad
To keep this as fresh as possible, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Cabbage does a good job of not getting soft and soggy, but you will want to eat this within 1-2 days of making it.
how long will chopped cabbage salad last in the fridge?
The timeframe is short. Consume asap for the best flavor and texture. It will last for 1-2 days.
Frequently asked questions
Technically, you can actually freeze the dressing, but I still think that it’s better made fresh. When you freeze and unthaw a dressing, it can change the texture.
Plan on eating up the leftover salad dressing within 3-4 days of making it. You can always cut up some more cucumber and cabbage and create a smaller version of this viral cabbage recipe.
If you want to add toppings, you can. Most of the uses for this salad are for dips or additions to other food items, but I do think that added sesame seeds or sunflower seeds on top would add a good crunch.
See how bright and delicious this green goddess salad recipe is?! It’s so inviting and will have you ready to dig right in. With a simple and easy salad like this one, it’s a great way to get the family to eat more greens. And amazing for your little taste testers,too!
More salad recipes:
- Avocado Mango Salad
- Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad
- Classic Greek Salad
- Classic Caesar Salad
- Fall Harvest Salad
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Chopped Green Goddess Salad
- ½ head of Green cabbage
- 3 Persian cucumbers
- 1 bundle of green onions
- Tortilla chips for serving
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 small shallot
- Juice of 2 lemons
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup cashews
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Place chopped cabbage, cucumbers and green onions in a large bowl.
- Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy with a bright green color.
- Pour the dressing over the prepared vegetables and toss to combine.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips, if desired.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Just a question do you soak your cashews first?
Great question, no I do not soak them you can add them in from the bag.
Thank you so much!
What is the serving size?
Hi Stephanie! Great question, a serving size is about 1 cup. Hope you enjoy it!
Made this tonight but used cilantro instead of basil because the store was out of basil. Absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to make it again with basil.
Oo love cilantro! So glad you enjoyed it!
This salad is perfect! I’ve made it twice now and I love that I can use it as a base for a salad (I added a bunch of spinach and roasted chicken) or as a “dip” with my tortilla chips.
Oh yum! I love the idea of adding chicken!
Just made this as a side dish to tacos and it was delish!! I used cilantro instead of basil and lime instead of one of the lemons to go with my theme and just amazing! I also used nutritional yeast instead of parm and it didn’t change the taste from the first time I tried. It’s a keeper!
Love this! Thanks for sharing your substitutions!
Honestly it’s bland. Without the chips it’s one note and there are way too many ingredients for it to be so boring. Tried to spice it up with ground mustard, pepper, smoked paprika and everything salt. Still flat. Would not make again. Maybe as a slaw to a hearty meat but not solo.
Thank you for your feedback! Definitely adjust where needed and pair it with other foods to make it a more complete meal.
This is perhaps my 5th time making this recipe. I love it and love how refreshing and healthy it is. Question Yumna: I ran out of basil. Can I substitute with parsley or mint?
I love that! Yay!! Yes, you can – it might change the flavor slightly, but this recipe is super customizable in that way.
I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon but, I made the green goddess chopped salad tonight and Oh. My. Goodness. It’s got some serious lip puckering going on in that dressing, my lemons were a healthy size. I have my head stuck in this big ole bowl, digging myself out with chips lol. Excellent.
It’s never too late! That is incredible! Hope you continue to enjoy!
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