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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 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Makes: 4
mains, Salad

Table of Contents

  1. Why this chopped salad recipe works
  2. Ingredients
  3. How I made it a budget recipe
  4. How to make this Tiktok green goddess salad
  5. What is nutritional yeast?
  6. Is this recipe healthy?
  7. Hints and Tips
  8. Variations
  9. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Why this chopped salad recipe works

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.  

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!

Close up shot of green goddess salad


White cabbage 

The star of the show with this chopped salad. It’s crunchy, vibrant and almost peppery. 


Adds freshness and crunch. I use a standard cucumber instead of the mini cucumber’s used in Melissa’s recipe

Spring onions

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. 

Iceberg Lettuce 

This is a new addition to the traditional baked by Melissa Green goddess salad. She uses more cucumber than I do, so I add a lot of bulk by adding chopped iceberg lettuce. This also adds so much freshness, which I love. 


For acidity, brightness and tang. 


For freshness and flavour. I skip the chives to cut back on costs and I don’t think they’re needed when the basil adds so much flavour. 


To add a green vibrance to the green goddess salad. 


A healthy source of fats, which blends to form the most creamy dressing. 

Rice Vinegar 

For acidity, brightness and tang. 

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 

Make sure you use extra-virgin olive oil here for the rich flavour. 

Nutritional Yeast 

This adds to the creaminess, but also gives off a subtle cheesy element to the dressing. 

Overhead ingredient shot of budget green goddess salad

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 here .

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Overhead shot of green goddess salad

How to make this Tiktok green goddess salad

Start by finely chopping the cabbage

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Set the cabbage aside while you slice the cucumber into small pieces.

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Finely slice the spring onion and chop the iceberg lettuce

Finely sliced spring onionSpring onion mixed with lettuce

Prepare the ingredients for the dressing: the lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, basil, spinach, cashews & nutritional yeast then blend together until smooth.

ingredients around a blenderAll ingredients in blender

Now pour the creamy green dressing onto the large salad

Green salad dressing poured over the salad

Combine together to evenly coat all of the ingredients. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Combine the dressing with chopped salad

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 Green goddess salad

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.

Close up shot of green goddess salad

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!


Add a protein of choice:

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

Nut allergies:

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. 

Add spice:

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. 

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! 

Other salad recipes … 

Healthy Tortellini Salad 

Honey Soy Chicken Salad 

Halloumi Vegetarian Caesar Salad  


Budget Green Goddess Salad (Viral Tiktok Recipe)

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3.87 from 365 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
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!


Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 22g
Calories: 308kcal
Carbohydrates: 25g
Protein: 5g
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  1. Julia Gilmour | 12 months ago

    Gorgeous and delicious!5 stars

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