Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess

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

Little Gem Salad with Tarragon Green Goddess
Serves: 4
5 from 3 votes
Total Time15 minutes


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.


  • Reply
    jenna p.
    April 9, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    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.

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    June 21, 2021 at 11:52 pm

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

  • Reply
    April 5, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Would you adjust tarragon amount if you’re using the dry spice? Having a hard time finding fresh.

    • Reply
      April 5, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      I honestly don’t think that this particular would be great with dried herbs unfortunately!

  • Reply
    April 3, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    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?

    • Reply
      April 5, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      about 4 anchovies.

  • Reply
    April 1, 2021 at 2:27 am

    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!

    • Reply
      April 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      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.

    • Reply
      April 3, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      Same problem-I added a little bit of sugar and cream and that helped a lot! Great flavor

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    Kaitlyn Horn
    March 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Where do you find gem lettuce?

    • Reply
      March 29, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      I get mine at Central Market– you can also you can substitute pieces of hearts of romaine.

  • Reply
    March 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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

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