Golden Goddess Salad with Immune Boosting Vitamin A

meSeriously, this green goddess salad dressing situation that went viral a couple of months ago has become the one dressing we can’t stop eating at least once a week. Whether it’s a homemade batch or the delicious vegan version of Trader Joe’s, it goes well with just about anything and everything. There’s just something about combining spices and herbs that can make *any* dish taste a million times better… practically effortlessly..

The original green goddess dressing has been around for nearly a century. It is believed to have originated at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco and is named after the lead actor in the 1920s play, the green goddess. While the star was staying at the hotel for the title role, Palace chef Philip Roemer created the salad dressing to serve her as a starter. Needless to say, it was a five star performance.

Ready for the second act? Meet this Golden Goddess Salad – it’s loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and packed with that classic green goddess flavor that we can’t get enough of. It’s easy on the eyes, vibrantly colored, and will quickly make you fall in love with its flavor factor that will make even the original goddess dressing green with envy.

What makes this Golden Goddess Salad so radiantly good?

In a recent TikTok video from @healthygirlkitchen, recipe developer Danielle Brown creates a veggie- and nutrient-packed recipe that tastes and looks like a ray of sunshine. Made with ingredients that span every shade of a Bob Ross sunset, this recipe is packed with golden veggies like carrots, squash, and yellow and orange bell peppers, just to name a few.

By now, we’ve learned that “savoring the rainbow” is much more than just a catchy Skittles catchphrase. Instead, eating foods that span the different colors of the ROYGBIV spectrum, also known as eating the rainbow, means providing your body with a wide range of nutritional benefits. In this recipe you will find orange and yellow foods full of beta-carotene that the body converts into vitamin A.

Carrots, for example, are among the top foods recommended by the RD to increase your intake of vitamin A, which helps boost your immune system and support eye health. “[Vitamin A] it is a component of a protein in our eyes that absorbs light. Therefore, vitamin A helps maintain the cells in our eyes, as well as potentially reduce the risk of eye-related problems,” Mary Waddill, RD, nutrition and product compliance analyst at Whole Foods Market According to her, a half cup of raw carrots provides you with about 50 percent of your daily value for vitamin A.

This recipe also includes protein-packed quinoa infused with turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice that can help reduce inflammation and improve gut health. For even more protein and fiber, Brown adds garbanzo beans, which have long been considered the favorite plant-based protein of top dietitians.

Of course, the best part is always the dressing. This one is dairy-free, vegan, and so creamy, thanks to rich tahini that adds nutty flavor and is loaded with amino acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, and fatty acids.

By the way, you can make this hearty recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge to enjoy all week long.

golden goddess salad recipe

Makes 8 servings


4 cups of cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked) and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to the cooking water
1 1/2 cups roasted butternut squash
1 cup of roasted carrots
1 1/2 cups steamed corn
1 cup roasted yellow squash
2 cups bell peppers
1 cup of chickpeas

1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine turmeric quinoa, butternut squash, carrots, corn, yellow squash, bell pepper, and chickpeas.

2. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, tahini, lemon, mustard, turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper in another bowl. Beat until emulsified.

3. Add dressing to vegetables and toss to combine.

How about a gut-healthy golden smoothie to pair with this golden goddess salad?

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