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Budget Green Goddess Salad (Viral Tiktok Recipe)

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Make this viral tiktok green goddess salad in under 10 minutes! Thank you Baked by Melissa!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4
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This green goddess salad recipe was made viral by the amazing ‘Baked by Melissa’ on Tiktok. It combines a variety of chopped green/white veggies with a pesto inspired creamy dressing.  

Close up of chopped salad in a large glass bowl with dressed and stirred with a wooden spoon.

Why this chopped salad recipe works

The chopped salad is great for a number of reasons. By finely dicing all of the ingredients, we get a hint of flavour from each veggie in each bite. 

The tangy, creamy green dressing coats all of the chopped veggies in the most delicious flavour. I can see why the Baked by Melissa green goddess salad went so viral now!

Here are some other salad recipes to try out after this one: Panzanella Salad with Halloumi, Pomegranate Halloumi Salad and Tricolore Salad


Salad ingredients laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

White Cabbage
The star of the show with this chopped salad. It’s crunchy, vibrant and almost peppery. I have tried red cabbage, as that has the same crunch but for this salad I prefer the white cabbage.

Spring Onion
I added the greener end of the onion into the green goddess dressing and thinly sliced the white end of the onion to go into the chopped salad. 

To make the dressing and as a healthy source of fats, the cashews blend to form the most creamy dressing. Here are some other recipes I’ve made using cashews to make the creamy sauce; Green Goddess Pasta, Vegan Red Pepper Macaroni and Cheese and Vegan Cashew Curry

Nutritional Yeast
Another essential component of the dressing I used the nutritional yeast to add the creaminess, but also gives off a subtle cheesy element to the dressing. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Make sure you use extra-virgin olive oil here for the rich flavour. 

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How I made it a budget recipe

To make this Tik Tok chopped salad recipe more budget-friendly, I made some switches.

Walnuts & Cashews –> Just Cashews

Chopped Lettuce to add volume

Shallots in dressing –> Greener end of spring onion into the dressing

2 lemons–> 1 lemon

No chives or garlic

I also reduced the amount of vinegar for more a subtle tang

You can find the original recipe by Baked by Melissa here.

Other Tik Tok recipes you might like to try; Viral Salmon Rice Bowl, Pizza Toast and Chocolate Swirl Custard Toast

Overhead shot of a large bowl of chopped salad with some green dressing in a large glass bowl next to a jar of the green dressing with squizzed lemon halves.

How to make this Tiktok green goddess salad

  1. Start by finely chopping the cabbage into small pieces (Image 1).
  2. Then slice the cucumber into small pieces on a chopping board (Image 2).
2 step by step photos, the first chopping cabbage and the second chopping cucumber on a board.

3. Next finely slice the spring onion (Image 3).

4. And then finely chop the iceberg lettuce (Image 4).

2 step by step photos, the first chopping spring onion and the second chopping lettuce on a board.

5. Prepare the ingredients for the dressing: the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, basil, spinach, cashews & nutritional yeast (Image 5).

6. Then add them to a blender to blend together until smooth (Image 6).

2 step by step photos, the first with the ingredients for the dressing around the food processor and the second with all the ingredients in the food processor.

7. Now pour the creamy green dressing onto the large salad (Image 7).

8. Combine together to evenly coat all of the ingredients. Serve and enjoy immediately (Image 8).

2 step by step photos, the first with the green dressing poured over the salad and the second with the dressing mixed in.

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast – it is the same type of yeast that’s used to bake bread and brew beer. 

I think it entered the food scene at such a pace/ had an element of ‘superfood’ status to it because it’s such a good source of B vitamins, which means that it’s really popular in vegan/ vegetarian recipes.

The addition of nutritional yeast to this green goddess salad recipe is the addition of a cheesyish/ creamy/ nutty undertone that makes this chopped salad so delicious. 

It’s a hard flavour to describe but trust me, it makes all the difference!

Overhead shot of large glass bowl of chopped salad with green dressing mixed with a wooden spoon and spring onions and nutritional yeast in background.

Is this recipe healthy?

Absolutely! This chopped salad is loaded with vitamins & nutrients and fibre. 

We’re starting with whole ingredients, which ensures that there are also no nasty additives in the recipe. 

Some people have claimed that the green goddess salad calories are high, but with my recipe we are using less oil and less nuts which reduces the calories. The lettuce also adds volume to a portion size whilst keeping the calories low. You can use chips/crisps to scoop up the salad which is obviously delicious, but makes the calories slightly more.

Other healthy recipes for you to try are this one; Crustless Pizza Bowl, Rainbow Grain Bowl and Healthy Noodle Bowls

Hints and Tips

Keep that dice finely chopped!
It may take a bit of time, but you want all of the ingredients to be chopped to the same small sized pieces. This ensures that you get a good variety of the chopped elements of the salad within each bite, which is what made this tik tok green goddess salad so viral!

Salt generously
We’re starting this recipe from scratch, so we want to ensure that all of the ingredients and dressing is seasoned perfectly. Add a generous amount of salt, when blending the dressing and taste to adjust before stirring into the chopped ingredients. 

Use fresh veggies
As a lot of the flavour for this recipe comes from the brightness and the freshness of the raw ingredients, we want to ensure that they are as fresh as possible. When you’re cooking ingredients, the freshness can sometimes be more disguised, but not so much when slicing up and enjoying raw!

Close up of chopped slad with green dressing in a large glass bowl.


Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This recipe is great to make at the beginning of the week for a quick WFH lunch to grab from the fridge. 
For maximum freshness, I’d store the chopped salad separately to the dressing and add to the salad when it’s time to eat. Do not freeze this recipe! 

To add a source of protein, what would pair well with this salad?

You could stir in shredded chicken breast, pork mince, sliced turkey steaks, chickpeas or quinoa to protein

I have a nut allergy, but would love to try this salad. What substitute would you suggest?

If you’re looking for a nut-free green goddess salad. Replace the creaminess that the blended cashews provide by adding 2 tbsp of mayonnaise into the blender. Also increase the nutritional yeast by 1 tbsp. You could also substitute the nuts with a small avocado. 

Can I make this recipe more spicy?

Either add a fresh jalapeno or green chilli into the blender to add spice to the dressing, or finely chop pickled jalapenos for a tangy kick of spice throughout the chopped salad. 

Other salad recipes to try after this one; Healthy Tortellini Salad, Honey Soy Chicken Salad and Halloumi Vegetarian Caesar Salad  

If you tried this Budget Green Goddess Salad recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x

Budget Green Goddess Salad (Viral Tiktok Recipe)

3.90 from 374 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
mains, Salad
Servings: 4
Make this viral tiktok green goddess salad in under 10 minutes! Thank you Baked by Melissa!


  • 1 white cabbage (£1.07)
  • 1 cucumber (£0.45)
  • 50 g spring onions (£0.50)
  • 1 iceberg lettuce (£0.46)


  • 1 lemon, juiced (£0.20)
  • 1 handful of fresh basil (£0.55)
  • 1 handful of spinach (£0.90/2)=(£0.45)
  • 35 g cashews (£1.39/4)=(£0.35)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast


  • Finely chop/dice the cabbage, cucumber, half of the spring onion (reserving the greener half for the dressing) and iceberg lettuce. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  • To a blender, adding the liquids first, combine the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, basil, spinach, cashews, nutritional yeast and greener end of the spring onion. Season generously with salt and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the dressing into the large salad and toss to evenly coat all of the ingredients. Serve & enjoy immediately either on it’s own or with tortilla chips to dip!


  • Finely chop all ingredients to the same small size for a good variety of chopped elements in each bite.
  • Salt generously while blending the dressing and adjust to taste before stirring into chopped ingredients.
  • Use fresh veggies to ensure the brightness and freshness of raw ingredients are not disguised.


Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 22g
Calories: 308kcal
Carbohydrates: 25g
Protein: 5g

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  1. Julia Gilmour | 2 years ago

    Gorgeous and delicious!5 stars

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