Tomatillo Avocado Dressing (Chopt Copycat Mexican Goddess Recipe)

A creamy tomatillo avocado dressing that’s just like the Mexican Goddess dressing you can find at the Chopt Creative Salad Co. restaurant chain! It’s perfect as a dip, sauce or dressing. Vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly.

Raise your hand if you’re intimidated by tomatillos… just me? Didn’t think so! Before this recipe, I had never purchased or cooked with tomatillos. I don’t know why but they’ve always intimidated me. I’d always see them sitting next to the jalapeños and think I should pick one or two up, but never did… until recently.

Chopt Mexican Goddess with tomatillos and avocado in a mason jar with a gold spoon.

In case you’re new to tomatillos like me, I thought I would share a little more info about them.

“Tomatillo” means “little tomato” in Spanish but don’t let the translation fool you – that’s not what it is. Compared to tomatoes, tomatillos taste more like a vegetable, are more acidic and less sweet and are more dense, less watery. They have dry leafy husks wrapped around that you simply remove and then rinse. Prepped and ready to go, you can use tomatillos raw, boiled or roasted in a huge variety of dishes. You’ll have to share your favorite tomatillo recipes now that I’m not afraid anymore. 😉

Chopt Mexican Goddess with tomatillos and avocado in a mason jar.

This recipe for is a copycat recipe for the Mexican Goddess Dressing at Chopt Creative Salad Co. I tested this recipe at least 6-7 times trying to get it to taste as close as possible to the Chopt dressing and I think it’s pretty spot on. The secret ingredient is the white balsamic vinegar — it adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the dressing that balances with heat from the jalapeño perfectly.

It’s like a creamy salsa (and it packs a bit of heat) so it’s perfect as a dip for veggies and chips or as a dressing for Mexican-themed salads. (Hint hint: I’ll be sharing a shrimp salad that pairs amazingly with this dressing later this week!).

Chopt Mexican Goddess salad dressing ingredient in a blender, tomatillos, avocado and cilantro.

A few notes about the ingredients:

  • This dressing is super creamy. I thought it had dairy in it the first time I tried it at Chopt Creative Salad Co., but instead of being loaded with cheese or another form of dairy, it gets its creaminess from the avocado!
  • If you like some heat, start with 1/2 of the jalapeño (with the seeds) and taste. Then if you want it spicier, add more!

Chopt Mexican Goddess with tomatillos and avocado in a mason jar with a gold spoon.

Have you ever made anything with tomatillos? What foods are you intimidated by or want me to cover in future recipes?

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Chopt Mexican Goddess with tomatillos and avocado in a mason jar.

Tomatillo Avocado Dressing


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup

Description

A creamy tomatillo avocado dressing that’s just like the Mexican Goddess dressing you can find at the Chopt Creative Salad Co. restaurant chain! It’s perfect as a dip, sauce or dressing. Vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly.


Ingredients

  • 4 tomatillos
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño with seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Remove husk from tomatillos and rinse to remove any sticky residue. Bring water to boil in a pot, add tomatillos and boil for 4-5 minutes. Remove from boiling water, rinse with cold water and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add cooled tomatillos, avocado, garlic, jalapeño, salt, white balsamic vinegar and lime juice into a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until everything is incorporated and dressing is relatively smooth. Add cilantro leaves and process a few seconds more.
  3. Taste and add more jalapeño and salt if needed.
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 75
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 198mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: tomatillo dressing, tomatillo avocado dressing, Chopt Mexican Goddess Dressing, Chopt Creative Salad dressing

If you try this tomatillo avocado dressing please leave a comment and star rating below. I’d love to hear if you think it tastes like Chopt’s Mexican Goddess Dressing! 

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    24 comments
    1. Sera
      October 10, 2020 AT 10:49 pm

      It looks great… thanks for the recipe

    2. Maribeth
      April 16, 2020 AT 9:50 am

      This is a PERFECT re-creation of the Chopt dressing. I now always have it in my fridge and use it with fried eggs, chicken, as a taco topping, with steak, and of course, as a salad dressing. I never seem to have white balsamic vinegar so I’ve been using champagne vinegar. Seems to work just fine! Thanks for this one!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2020 AT 1:20 pm

        Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Maribeth. I’m so glad you’re loving this dressing. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    3. Joanna
      February 18, 2020 AT 3:54 pm

      Forgot to rate.. of course FIVE STARS. So good.

    4. Joanna
      February 18, 2020 AT 3:53 pm

      Seriously, bless you for making this recipe. At first I didn’t want to deal with the tomatillos and so I made an avocado lime dressing from another site.. not the best. I finally made your recipe AND IT IS SO GOOD. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I’ve spent so much money at chopt and I’m so happy I can make this dressing at home now. THANK YOU.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 19, 2020 AT 2:19 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Joanna!! I’m so glad you’re loving this dressing!! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    5. Julie
      January 28, 2020 AT 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much for this! I moved to Australia and can no longer get my chopt Mexican goddess fix. Now, I just hope they have tomatillos here 😆

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 28, 2020 AT 4:46 pm

        I hope you’re able to find them! Let me know how this dressing turns out for you if you end up making it. 🙂

    6. Alitia Gouveia
      October 5, 2019 AT 8:25 pm

      How long is this recipe good for in the fridge or feeezer?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 6, 2019 AT 9:10 am

        It should be kept in the fridge and will last 3-4 days. Hope this helps!

    7. Caroline Gendron
      July 21, 2019 AT 5:46 pm

      Just made this dip/dressing and it’s amazing!! Was wondering though, how long can I keep it in the fridge?

    8. Jennie
      May 20, 2019 AT 3:29 pm

      This looks great, my husband will love it for mexican inspired salads to take to work! I love tomatillos! I make chili verde all the time – either with chicken or it’s a great way to use up leftover pork roast (I’ll make a big one on purpose!) , onions, garlic, green chilies, jalapeno, cilantro, cumin, coriander, and tomatillos – canned, raw (best in slow cooker) or roasted in the oven before adding. serve with tortillas and cheese! So good and lasts for days, even better the next day for lunch. 🙂

      1. Tanya Thomforde
        May 20, 2019 AT 5:04 pm

        Yes, it’s perfect for Mexican-inspired salads! Mmm your chili verde sounds delicious!

    9. AL
      May 10, 2019 AT 11:22 am

      Looks great. Can this be frozen if you only use a little at a time?

    10. Heather
      November 13, 2018 AT 9:12 pm

      I have been searching and searching for a Chopt copycat recipe!! I tried one before but it didnt have the white balsamic. I am so excited to try this! You should do a Chopt Spicy Tahini copycat (pretty please 🙂 )

    11. Alex Panas
      July 17, 2018 AT 6:38 pm

      I made this dressing last night for a shrimp salad and it was amazing! I even think it tastes better today after the flavors have had more time to set in. Thanks for sharing Brittany! This is definitely going to be a summer staple in my house.

    12. Denise Dorcas
      July 15, 2018 AT 7:31 am

      I’ve tried to find tomatillos and was unsuccessful, what would you recommend instead? I have all other ingredients and would love to make this….

    13. Janann
      July 10, 2018 AT 9:12 pm

      I’ve always cooked with tomatillos, but maybe that’s because I’m in Texas 🙂 The only thing I would do differently on the prep is to carve out the stem at the top of the tomatillo.

      I’m interested to know how long this will last in the refrigerator. There is some lime juice in the recipe which should help the avocado last a little longer.

    14. Mindi
      July 10, 2018 AT 5:13 pm

      Perfect! I had some tomatillos and no clue what to do with them. The dressing is so simple and absolutely divine!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 11, 2018 AT 9:07 am

        Ahh!! It’s so awesome that you already made it. So glad you like it. 🙂

    15. Ironmusclesupplements
      July 10, 2018 AT 6:48 am

      I would really love to try this. I think it would work great for salads and it would be a great pair with homemade whole wheat tortilla. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    16. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      July 9, 2018 AT 11:41 pm

      Too funny…tomatillos have always intimidated me too! haha.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 10, 2018 AT 10:00 am

        Glad I’m not the only one. Maybe it’s the husk? haha

    17. Katie
      July 9, 2018 AT 11:22 am

      Can’t wait to try this! How long would you recommend keeping in the fridge? Thinking forward to meal prepping for lunches! Thanks for continuing to provide us with awesome recipe ideas! You help keep me on track.

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