I have one of the pickiest husbands in the world.  But despite his extra discriminating palate, he adores my Best Blue Cheese Salad Dressing! I find this hard to comprehend, but I’m not complaining!

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing isn’t just for salads! It’s an excellent Blue Cheese Dip and in dishes like this Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Best Blue Cheese Salad Dressing over a simple green salad

Why You Must Make

  • Blue cheese is pungent, to say the least. But when you add in some buttermilk, mayonnaise, chives, and more, it mellows and becomes a perfect salad topper.
  • This dressing transforms a simple mixture of veggies into a spectacular side salad. Plus it’s terrific on a classic wedge salad.
  • Even my extremely picky hubby has grown extremely fond of this creamy dressing. Pretty exotic compared to his other two favorites, Ranch and French. He’d pick this blue cheese dressing over my homemade vinaigrette. Some things just cannot be explained!

How to Make:

The process is super easy. The toughest part is deciding which variety of blue cheese to use! See tips on that below.

  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, shallots, chives, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery salt.
  2. Stir in blue cheese, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Taste for seasonings and whisk in a little more mayo if desired.
  4. Drizzle over salads and serve.
Overhead view of the Best Blue Cheese Salad Dressing on a green salad

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blue Cheese?

Blue Cheese is a type of cheese treated with molds that form its classic blue-green veins. The mold provides a strong flavor and aroma that intensify as the cheese ages.

What are the Popular Varieties of Blue Cheese?

There are 3 noteworthy blue cheese varieties: Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton.

Roquefort is a pungent and piquant French-made sheep’s milk cheese. It’s aged in caves and is rich and creamy.

Gorgonzola is an Italian cow’s milk cheese that’s creamy, rich, savory, and pungent. When aged over 6 months, the aroma can even be described as stinky.

Stilton is an English blue cheese made of cow’s milk. Of the 3 varieties noted, it’s milder with a sharp taste and even some cheddar undertones. After ripening for 4-6 months, it’s creamy and slightly crumbly.

How Long Does Blue Cheese Dressing Last?

If kept covered in the refrigerator, blue cheese dressing will keep for up to a week. It does not freeze well.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Buttermilk – Storebought is thicker and works best, but if you’re in a pinch, fill a liquid measuring cup with whole or 2% milk, then mix in 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Stir and let the mixture thicken before using.
  • Mayonnaise – Hellmann’s or Duke’s preferred
  • Shallot – finely chopped
  • Chives – finely chopped
  • Lemon juice – Always use fresh lemon juice, never bottled
  • Kosher salt – Blue Cheese is often salty to start with only a pinch, taste, and add more if needed.
  • Freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • Celery salt – Adds a certain je ne sais quoi or a lovely mysterious flavor
  • Blue Cheese Crumbled, I like Maytag or Roquefort

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Blue Cheese Salad Dressing Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings

A classic creamy blue cheese dressing

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, I like Maytag

Optional Salad:

  • Spinach or greens of choice
  • Grape or teardrop tomatoes, cut in half
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

Instructions

  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, shallots, chives, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery salt.
  2. Stir in blue cheese, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Taste for seasonings and whisk in a little more mayo if desired.
  4. Add a handful of greens to each plate. Top with tomatoes, cucumber slices, peppers, and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Notes

I use either Roquefort or Maytag Blue Cheese.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

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