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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.