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My quick and easy recipe for Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing tastes terrific and adds a real punch of flavor to anything you add it to. Used as a salad dressing, it transforms a simple bowl of romaine lettuce but works just as well as a dipping sauce for your favorite chicken wings recipe.

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This classic blue cheese dressing will taste far superior to anything you buy in your local store. This dressing is bursting full of fresh-tasting flavors. Also, with a homemade salad dressing, you won’t find any unnecessary added sugars, additives, or preservatives.

I like to fall back on this easy dressing recipe when I’m pushed for time. I can have the dressing blended together in 5 minutes with a few simple ingredients. Then all it needs is a quick chill in the refrigerator.

Dressings and sauces are a great way of adding extra layers of flavor to a dish. If you enjoy making sauces, try my Sweet Onion Dressing, Tartar Sauce, or Homemade Remoulade Sauce.

Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise – Use your favorite brand of mayonnaise.
  • Buttermilk – Adds a touch of acidity to the dressing.
  • Blue cheese – Crumbled blue cheese flavors the sauce. I like to go for a crumbly blue cheese, but you can also use a creamier blue cheese if you prefer.
  • Worcestershire sauce –  Worcestershire sauce gives the sauce an umami flavor.
  • Seasoning – Onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
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How to make blue cheese dressing

In a small blender, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, crumbled blue cheese (reserving some for garnish, if desired), Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder.

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Blend the ingredients on a low setting until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper, blending again briefly to incorporate.

Transfer the dressing to a serving container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Stir the dressing before serving, and garnish with reserved crumbled blue cheese (if desired).

How to make blue cheese dressing without a blender

You can also mix this dressing together by hand:

  • Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, and seasonings together until combined.
  • Mix in the blue cheese crumbles, breaking up large lumps as you stir.

Expert Tips

These tips will help you make the best blue cheese dressing you’ve ever tasted:

  • Always check the dressing for seasoning before serving, and adjust as required.
  • Before serving, give the dressing a quick stir to recombine any separated ingredients.
  • If the dressing is too thick, you can thin it out with a little bit of milk or water.

Variations

  • If you don’t have buttermilk, sour cream would be a great substitution.
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice can add a lovely touch of acidity to the dressing.
  • Add some fresh herbs like parsley or chives. 
a white plate of romaine lettuce drizzled with blue cheese dressing, set on a wooden board with a jar of blue cheese dressing set alongside

What is Blue Cheese Dressing used for

This versatile dressing is great with salads, as a dip, or as a topping. Drizzle some dressing over romaine lettuce, and you have the base for a delicious green salad.

It works as a treat as a dipping sauce for your favorite wings recipe. Try my Jerk Chicken Wings or Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings, or my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.

How to store

To refrigerate: Once made, the dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze: I don’t recommend freezing this as the consistency is never quite the same once the dressing has been frozen. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so I prefer to make it fresh when I need it.

FAQs:

Is blue cheese dressing healthy?

Blue cheese dressing is a great source of calcium, and a homemade dressing is a great healthy option as there are no added sugars, additives, or preservatives that you will find in store-bought sauces.

Is blue cheese dressing the same as ranch dressing?

No, whilst they are both creamy dressings made with a base of mayonnaise, buttermilk, and/or sour cream, the flavors differ. A ranch dressing has added herbs and spices, whereas, in a blue cheese dressing, the predominant flavor is blue cheese.

Is blue cheese dressing the same as blue cheese dip?

While they have the same ingredients, blue cheese dressing has a looser texture than blue cheese dip, which is a little thicker. This is easily done by adding a little more mayonnaise and cutting back on or swapping the buttermilk for sour cream.

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing tastes amazing and adds a real punch of flavor to anything you add it to. Used as a salad dressing it transforms a simple bowl of romaine lettuce, but works just as well as a dipping sauce for your favorite chicken wings recipe.
Course Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword blue cheese dressing, blue cheese salad dressing, blue cheese sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 134kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small blender, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, crumbled blue cheese (reserving some for garnish, if desired), Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder.
  • Blend the ingredients on a low setting until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper, blending again briefly to incorporate.
  • Transfer the dressing to a serving container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Stir the dressing before serving, garnish with reserved crumbled blue cheese (if desired), and enjoy on salads, as a dip, or as a topping. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

You can also mix this dressing together by hand:
  • Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, and seasonings together until combined.
  • Add the blue cheese crumbles and mix them together, breaking up any large lumps as you stir.
 
Before serving, give the dressing a quick stir to recombine any separated ingredients.
If the dressing is too thick, you can thin it out with a little bit of milk or water.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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