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Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess

Now that spring is finally here, this Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess dressing is sure to be your new sidekick no matter your main dish! 

While this salad appears overly elegant — thanks to how gorgeous it is!— it is extremely simple to prepare. The delicious flavor of the “fine herb” tarragon really elevates the dish, making this side salad the perfect tag-along to any spring gathering, Easter Sunday included! 

And for more Easter Sunday ideas, or simply some springtime meal inspiration, be sure to check out my Easter Eats Recipe Round-Up

Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess
5 from 5 votes

Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess

Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


For the Tarragon Green Goddess Dressing:

  • ¼ cup loosely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • ¼ cup loosely chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup loosely chopped green onion green parts only
  • ½ cup homemade mayo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

For the Little Gem Salad:

  • ½ cup radishes sliced very thin
  • 4 heads little gem lettuce halved lengthwise
  • 1 avocado sliced


For the Tarragon Green Goddess Dressing:

  • In a food processor or blender, combine all the Tarragon Green Goddess Dressing ingredients. Set aside while you prepare the salad.

For the Little Gem Salad:

  • Soak the thinly sliced radish in a bowl of ice water while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Place the little gem lettuce on a platter.
  • Drain the radishes. Scatter the radishes and avocado across the top of the lettuce. Drizzle the salad with the desired amount of green goddess dressing.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for Easter today! Dressing is delicious – I didn’t have anchovy paste so I subbed a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and it worked out great.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Loved the dressing. Yes, a wee salty. Just don’t salt the salad. Balances perfectly when tossed.

  3. My store was out of anchovy paste. So I just bought whole anchovies instead. How many would you use to replace 3 t of paste?

  4. Help!! I love the idea of this dressing and all the flavors. But I followed the recipe exactly and it was just way too salty. Maybe I used a different brand anchovy paste?! Bought everything at Central Market!

    1. ah, sorry to hear that!! It could be the type of anchovy paste- I just adjusted the recipe to add salt to taste, since i am sure this varies on the anchovy paste and per palate.

  5. 5 stars
    This dressing is amazing! I can’t stop talking about it with everyone see. Will definitely be making this weekly.