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Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Gouda (NEW ITEM!!)

If you always find yourself gravitating towards the gigantic cheese section of Trader Joe’s, you may already know that there’s a new cheese in town: Green Goddess Gouda. And if you’ve never experienced the glorious cheese section Trader Joe’s you need to get yourself over there now, if only for this new cheese.

Front of a package of Trader Joe's Green Goddess Gouda.

What is Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Gouda?


Let’s start of by discussing what Green Goddess actually is and then we’ll dive into this cheese a little bit more. Green Goddess refers to a salad dressing that is chocked full of herbs like parsley, basil, chives, and dill, as well as fresh garlic.

It’s a creamy dressing that is made with mayonnaise or, for a lighter spin, Greek yogurt, and is thinned out a little with olive oil to give it a drizzly consistency. The mayonnaise or yogurt base turns green when you blend the herbs into it using a blender or food processor.

This dressing was named for a play in the early 1920s called “The Green Goddess,” when the chef of the San Francisco’s Palace Hotel created the dressing as a tribute to the play’s lead actor who was staying at the hotel.

So, Trader Joe’s, which already has a number of other Green Goddess products, took the herby ingredients of the dressing (basil, parsley, chives, scallions, and garlic – all dried) and stuffed them into a soft gouda cheese.

And the rest, as they say, is history!

Where In the Store?

You can find the Green Goddess Gouda in the cheese area of the refrigerated prepared foods section at Trader Joe’s.

How to Serve Green Goddess Gouda

The first thing I did when I got home with this cheese was to open it up, cut the hunk into slices, and serve the cheese as part of a charcuterie board. We make one of these boards once a week for a fun lunch and I had set my eyes on the Green Goddess Gouda for our charcuterie lunch almost a week before I was able to make it down to Trader Joe’s to pick some up.

Of course, there are an infinite number of ways to use cheese but for a review like this, I’m always determined to try an item in it’s most simple form before changing it up.

Even though this is a super flavorful cheese, the flavors are a versatile bunch, making the cheese easy to use in lots of different ways.

In addition to simply slicing it for a charcuterie or cheese board, I’ve also melted it atop a bacon burger nestled into a TJ’s brioche bun with Magnifisauce, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. OMG SO GOOD!!

I have future plans for this cheese in mac and cheese, on top of salads (like this Cobb salad), and melted on a fried chicken sandwich.

Drop a comment at the end of this page to tell us how you’d use or have used it!!

The Review

We are major cheese fans here and we seldom come across a cheese we don’t love. However, when there’s a trendy new item available, I often feel a little let down after trying it. It’s like I read too much into the hype and that’s all it ends up being: just hype.

The Green Goddess Gouda though? I loooooved it!!!

It was everything I was hoping for in a cheese like this: soft and creamy, and bursting with herby and garlicky flavor.

On its own on a cheese board, it was just fantastic! Set atop a piece of crusty bread with some seranno ham, the Green Goddess flavors came through beautifully. On top of that bacon burger? Oh my goodness yes!! The cheese melts so perfectly and the heat from the grill makes the herbs and garlic really pop!

Buy It Again?

As long as this cheese remains on the shelves at Trader Joe’s, it will have a home in my fridge. I don’t say that about many things but the Green Goddess Gouda is something special.

It’s definitely one of the best NEW products that TJ’s has released recently and I hope it NEVER EVER goes away!!

Rating Time!


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