Blue Cheese Dressing

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This homemade blue cheese dressing is thick and tangy. It’s the perfect balance of sour cream, vinegar, and lemon juice, with rich ripened cheese and mayonnaise. Use it as a dressing for wedge salads, sauce for steaks, or dip for buffalo wings.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue cheese dressing is a versatile condiment that goes well with salads, appetizers, or entrees. It’s a polarizing fermented food for those who enjoy the strong taste and aroma of the acidic and sharp cheese. The mold Penicillium roqueforti is often responsible for this cheese’s funky, characteristic flavor and veiny blue appearance.

When whisked into a sour cream base, blue cheese dressing effortlessly dissolves to infuse its unique flavors. It’s tempting to just pick up a bottle of the store-bought stuff, but it’s actually really easy to make at home. Select your favorite kind of blue cheese, then whisk!

Whether you’re a fan of a semi-sharp lemony Maytag blue or something more intense like a Roquefort, this dressing recipe is totally customizable.

whisking blue cheese dressing ingredients in a bowl

Cheese selection

I prefer a Danish blue cheese for its salty and sharp tone but there are many other options. Any American blue, pungent French Roquefort or even a spicy Italian Gorgonzola are delicious alternatives.

Dressing ingredients

The essential ingredients are blue cheese crumbles, sour cream, mayonnaise, whole milk, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

This dressing is meant to be creamy, tangy, and savory. The consistency is similar to ranch dressing, so it can cling onto different types of lettuce, or create a thick coating when dipping handheld foods like chicken wings.

creamy blue cheese dressing being whisked in a bowl

How to make blue cheese dressing

The process can be performed in two ways, either whisk together in a medium bowl or combine in a blender. Whisking yields a smooth dressing with some small pieces of cheese. The blender will create an ultra velvety consistency. If you like little flavorful crumbs of spicy and pungent cheese, use the hand mixing method.

How long does blue cheese sauce last?

It’s a sturdy dressing that can be made a few hours before serving or even days in advance for meal prepping. When stored in an airtight container, blue cheese dressing can last up to 5 days. Make sure not to leave it out longer than 2 hours at room temperature. It contains a lot of dairy products that are perishable and can spoil quickly.

What to serve this with

Blue cheese salad dressing with crumbled cheese on top

What is blue cheese?

Blue cheese is a type of semisoft cheese that contains visible blue-green veins or spots from cultures of the mold Penicillium during ripening. It can be made from sheep, cows, or goats milk. The crumbly texture is known to melt like butter when spread onto or mixed with other foods due to it’s higher moisture level.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Homemade blue cheese dressing recipe that's thick and tangy. Use it as a dressing for wedge salads, sauce for steaks, or dip for buffalo wings.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper


  • In a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, whole milk, blue cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Break up the blue cheese crumbles as needed, the dressing will be smooth with some chunkier cheese pieces.


  • For an extra smooth dressing: Mix the ingredients together in a blender until combined. Scrape down sides of blender cup as needed.
  • Recipe Yield: about 1 ½ cups.
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon of dressing.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 24 servings
Calories 49kcal (2%)Carbohydrates 1gProtein 1g (2%)Fat 5g (8%)Saturated Fat 1g (5%)Cholesterol 6mg (2%)Sodium 80mg (3%)Potassium 17mgSugar 1g (1%)Vitamin A 50IU (1%)Vitamin C 0.1mgCalcium 18mg (2%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. Anna Leah says

    Just made this using local Point Reyes Blue Cheese to top with spiced pecans over wedge salads. It’s so rich and creamy. But must I really consume within 5 days?! Guess I will have to make Buffalo wings next…

  2. JJ says

    Blue cheese is my favorite! Y(you have to try “Cambazola” (Trader Joe’s has a great one) It’s a combo of blue cheese and brie…YUM.

    I’m wondering if this recipe is a blend that is enhanced by making it a day ahead for the purpose of allowing the flavors to blend? Seems it would, but again, the fresh dairy ingredients might deem it best when just mixed. Thoughts?