The Palace’s Original Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Makes Makes 12 servings

The Palace’s Original Green Goddess Salad Dressing

This famous salad dressing was created in the kitchens of San Francisco's Palace Hotel. Chef Philip Roemer is said to have invented the dressing in 1923 to honor actor George Arliss, who stayed at the hotel while performing in William Archer’s hit play, "The Green Goddess." The china in this undated photograph of the Green Goddess salad was the “gold service” commissioned for the Palace’s reopening in 1909. (Photo courtesy The Palace Hotel.)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or minced scallions
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry, and minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well blended. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

7 Responses to The Palace’s Original Green Goddess Salad Dressing

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    Jo Turner March 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    My mother clipped this from a “ladies’ magazine” in the ’50s because, according to Mamie Eisenhower, this was Ike’s favorite. So there was always a toast to Ike at our table whenever we had it. Since I was just a kid, I got to have ginger ale with a maraschino cherry in the bottom.

  2. Anne Wilder June 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I thought the original recipe included tarragon. In fact, I thought it was the key ingredient. Please advise, thank you.

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      Bonny Wolf June 22, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Anne. The original recipe from the palace hotel is the same as the one we pr9inted — no tarragon. However, every contemporary recipe I see has tarragon as you say. Thanks for pointing it out. Will try to get to the bottom of this!

  3. Josh Adelson May 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Just following the link from the bottom of this page takes you to an article with both the original and the current Palace Hotel recipes. It can be plainly seen that the current recipe includes tarragon, and the original does not, so it seems like the best place to start any investigation might be with the kitchen staff at the Palace Hotel. They may know when and why tarragon was added. I prefer my Green Goddess without tarragon.

  4. Dee July 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    I have loved this dressing since childhood and the one thing I know for sure it was not with avocado or tarragon from the beginning. Later recipes actually took out the anchovy’s as well and that was a total bummer to me. Thanks for printing this original recipe.

  5. Judith Pohlers November 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    My recipe for this originated in the St. Louis Symphony of Cooking cookbook. This edition was published in 1954. It calls for a 2-oz. tube of anchovy paste, 3 Tbs. mayonnaise, 5 or 6 chopped green onions with tops, 2 cups sour cream, 3 Tbs. lemon juice, 3 Tbs. vinegar and 1 Tbs. coarsely ground pepper. It is very special and an unforgettable dressing with romaine lettuce and crabmeat. Try it!

  6. Dana lynk May 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    I love green goddess dressing all I want to know is where can I get the original seven seas green goddess. Please some one help

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