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This blue cheese dressing recipe is everything you are looking for in a dressing.  It is rich, creamy, and tangy with just the right touch of sharpness. Even better, it is an absolute breeze to prepare!

jar filled with homemade blue cheese dressing

If you have ever wondered how to make blue cheese dressing, you have come to the right place. This recipe is made with basic ingredients and can be prepared in about 5 minutes. What could be easier than that!?

My family absolutely loves this homemade blue cheese dressing recipe. They use it on everything from salads to buffalo wings, pizza, french fries, and everything in-between. We rarely end up with leftovers, and I often need to make a double batch.

Nothing does it quite like that deep, rich, distinctive taste of blue cheese. Prepare this yummy homemade dressing and dipping sauce for your next family barbeque, and prepare to be the talk of the town. 

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • All the ingredients you need to prepare a creamy, homemade dressing.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to make blue cheese dressing.
  • Expert tips on how to create the best blue cheese dressing possible.

All you need is five minutes and a few simple ingredients to whip up this delicious creamy classic. You’ll be amazed at how easy this recipe is to make!

ingredients to make homemade blue cheese dressing

How to Make Blue Cheese Dressing

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Place buttermilk and about 1-2 ounces of blue cheese in a medium bowl. Use a fork to break up the large crumbles. Don’t worry about making the mixture completely smooth. 

stirring ingredients in a bowl for blue cheese dressing

STEP TWO:  In the same bowl, add in the sour cream, lemon juice, mayonnaise, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

ingredients placed in bowl to make blue cheese dressing

STEP THREE: If desired, set aside a tablespoon of blue cheese for a final garnish on top. Fold in the remaining crumbles to the dressing mixture. Mix and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

garden salad with blue cheese dressing

How Can I Make my Blue Cheese Dressing Thinner?

This recipe tends to come out quite thick, which I prefer for dipping purposes. However, if you prefer a thinner dressing, the process is easy. 

Simply add additional buttermilk, one teaspoon at a time. For a more acidic dressing, try adding lemon juice or even white vinegar, also one teaspoon at a time.

How is Blue Cheese Dressing Different from Ranch?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing is? 

These two American staples share some important similarities. For example, they both start with a creamy base made of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream and include salt, pepper, and parsley.

The two diverge when it comes to the star players, and ranch dressing emphasizes the spices with more pepper, parsley, garlic, and onion.  Blue cheese dressing, on the other hand, highlights that distinctively pungent, salty, and sharp cheese we know and love. You guessed it — blue cheese!

closeup of a bowl with salad and the best blue cheese dressing

What is the Best Blue Cheese to Use for this Dressing Recipe?

When choosing your cheese, go for the full-fat version for the richest flavor. I recommend buying a full wedge of high-quality blue cheese. That way, you can break up the cheese yourself and customize the size of your crumbles. 

There are many different varieties of blue cheese to choose from as well. They vary in pungency, texture, and sharpness, so the decision depends on your preference. Some of my favorite options include:

  • Roquefort
  • Gorgonzola
  • Stilton – this one is extra strong
  • Cabrales
  • Danish blue

Trying out new cheese, especially blue cheeses, definitely takes a bit of an adventurous spirit. Be brave and have fun as you expand your flavor frontiers! 

bowl with salad drizzled in blue cheese dressing and jar with dressing

What do I Serve with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing? 

This flavorful dressing is great on salads and makes the perfect dipping sauce for pizza, wings, and vegetables. Try it with classic favorites such as:

This homemade dressing enhances the flavor of just about everything. You can even try some on drizzled over grilled veggies or dress up your next steak or burger. The possibilities are endless, so go wild!

ready to eat salad with homemade blue cheese salad dressing

How Do I Store Leftover Blue Cheese Dressing?

As I mentioned before, keeping this yummy dressing in my house for very long is impossible, so I don’t usually have leftovers. 

However, I occasionally want to make a batch or two in advance — especially for get-togethers. 

Storage is simple and easy. It can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7 days. 

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Yield: 12 servings (2 tablespoons each)

Blue Cheese Dressing

jar filled with homemade blue cheese dressing

Homemade blue cheese dressing comes together in minutes! It's an easy and delicious dressing for salads and to serve with wings, fries, and more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles, divided
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, place about 1-2 oz of blue cheese crumbles along with the buttermilk. Use a fork to smush the blue cheese crumbles. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth, just so they are not large crumbles. 
  2. Add in the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper to the bowl and stir to combine. 
  3. *Optional* Reserve a tablespoon of blue cheese crumbs to top your dressing with as additional garnish.  Fold in the remaining blue cheese crumbles. Refrigerate and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.

Notes

How to make dressing thinner:

If you would like your dressing a little thinner, then add buttermilk a teaspoon at a time. If you would like your dressing more acidic than instead of additional buttermilk, you can add additional lemon juice or even white vinegar a teaspoon at a time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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