This homemade Blue Cheese Dressing recipe is the only thing to put on a salad! It’s chunky, creamy, and perfectly balanced.
Toss out your store-bought dressing, because this is better than any dressing you can buy at the grocery store.
This chunky, extra creamy, and super-rich salad dressing is perfect for drizzling on top of a simple green salad, using as a dipping sauce for veggies, or dunking Grilled Chicken Wings into!
What is Blue Cheese Dressing?
Blue cheese dressing, sometimes printed as bleu cheese dressing, is a really popular salad dressing or vegetable dip option that originated in France in the 7th century.
According to history, and maybe some legend, blue cheese was discovered on accident by a distracted shepherd who forgot his lunch (bread and cheese) in a cave.
Because the cheese was in a cave and was controlled by natural temperature and moisture levels, it gave way to a favorable environment and gave us harmless moldy cheese.
Like any recipe, every cook or chef has their own way of building the recipe. However, the dressing or sauce will typically include the following staples: blue cheese, milk or dairy, mayo, vinegar, and sour cream.
Blue Cheese Dressing Ingredients
Sour Cream and Mayo. For the base of the dressing, you are going to need 1 cup of Dukes Mayonnaise and ¼ cup of sour cream. This combination will give you that extra creamy texture.
Blue Cheese. To make blue cheese dressing, you will need 8 oz of crumbled blue cheese. I recommend using your favorite brand of quality blue cheese. For this type of recipe, I like using a cheese that isn’t super expensive but is rich, creamy and tastes great. Try to avoid anything super cheap as you might be disappointed with the texture.
The Best Kept Secret. One of the best-kept secrets to making an incredible blue cheese dressing is acid. You want to make sure you add enough to get that signature slightly tart taste. To achieve that, you are going to need ¼ cup of red wine vinegar and 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce.
Salt. Although there is salt in the mayo, we are going to add 1 tsp of kosher salt to really help make the flavor pop and stand out.
How to Make Blue Cheese Dressing
Combine and Blend. In a food processor, combine all of your ingredients except the 4 oz of the crumbled blue cheese. Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a container. Once your mixture is smooth, pour the blue cheese dressing into a container and stir in the remaining blue cheese for a chunky consistency.
Refrigerate. Chill for as long as possible before serving.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Cheese. If blue cheese isn’t your flavor or you are looking to try something different – make this recipe with another pungent or crumbly cheese like a crumbly gorgonzola cheese!
Vinegar. In a pinch and don’t have red wine vinegar? Substitute with white wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
Prepare the dressing ahead of time. I recommend preparing this dressing a day or so ahead of time. Why? Because the distinct and profound blue cheese taste will enhance as it chills in the fridge.
Different Ways to Use Blue Cheese Dressing
There is nothing wrong with enjoying this chunky blue cheese dressing over a classic wedge salad with some bacon bits, tomatoes, and more.
However, salad dressing isn’t limited to just salad! Enjoy this dressing many ways like…
- Tossed in a potato salad
- Tossed in a pasta salad
- Drizzled on top of a freshly grilled cheeseburger
- Add a dollop to a Baked Potato
- Spread it on a sandwich or wrap for lunch
- Use it as a dip for soft and warm pretzels
- Use it to make “grown-up” mac and cheese
The possibilities are truly endless! Have a different way to enjoy this blue cheese dressing? Let me know in the comments below or share it online and tag me in it so I can see how you enjoy the dressing!
How to Store Homemade Dressing
Like any homemade dressing, this dressing won’t last as long as a store-bought version.
I recommend transferring your dressing into a glass mason jar or airtight container and storing it in the fridge for about 10 days.
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Best Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing
- in a food processor, 4 combine all ingredients except 4 oz of the crumbled blue cheese. Blend until smooth
- Pour blue cheese dressing into a container and stir in the remaining blue cheese for a chunky consistency