You either love blue cheese or you hate it, and I’m staunchly on the “love it” side of things. This dressing is creamy, tangy, and earthy. If you want to keep this dressing vegetarian, make sure you pick up vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (I like Annie’s brand). Normal Worcestershire sauce is made using anchovies.
Why should I make my own blue cheese dressing?
Sure, you can buy blue cheese dressing from the store, but trust me, you’re going to want to make your own! It’s super simple, and it’ll save you a bunch of money. Making your own dressing allows you to choose which ingredients to include and which ones to leave out. This way, you can customize the flavor to your own personal tastes. For more dressing ideas, check out my Salad Dressing 101 post, where you can learn more about taking your salads to the next level.
What ingredients do I need for this homemade blue cheese dressing?
This dressing is pretty simple to make, and it only requires a few ingredients.
- Crumbled blue cheese—It wouldn’t be a blue cheese dressing without it!
- Whole milk Greek yogurt—A smooth, protein-loaded base for your dressing.
- The juice from half a lemon—This works out to roughly two tablespoons of juice.
- Buttermilk—You only need a bit, but it adds a rich, creamy texture to your dressing.
- Worcestershire sauce—The sweet tang of the Worcestershire sauce compliments the blue cheese. Note that Worcestershire typically isn’t vegetarian, so you will want to pick up a vegetarian version if you eat a meatless diet. We like Annie’s.
- Salt and pepper
- A clove of garlic
Freeze leftover buttermilk in ice cube trays or herb freezing trays. Now you have buttermilk whenever you need it for dressings, pancakes, or biscuits.
What tools do I need to make homemade blue cheese dressing?
It’s extremely easy to make your own salad dressing. You don’t need any fancy tools. In fact, all you really need is a wide-mouth mason jar that has a tight-fitting lid. That’s it! Add your ingredients; shake, shake, shake; and you’re good to go.
Because this is a thicker dressing, you can use a blender or food processor to mix it instead of shaking a jar. The shake method will work, but a blender will create a smoother, creamier dressing with less strain on your arms.
How do I store this homemade blue cheese dressing?
You need an airtight container to store your blue cheese dressing. A mason jar with a tight lid works perfectly. So, if you mixed your dressing in a mason jar using the above method, you’re all set! Homemade salad dressing should always be stored in the fridge.
How long is my homemade blue cheese dressing good for?
Because the base of this dressing is dairy, you should only keep it in the fridge for a week. The recipe was designed to give you just enough dressing for a few salads over the course of a week so you can use it all up in time.
Can I use dried herbs?
You sure can! When making your blue cheese dressing, feel free to substitute one teaspoon of garlic powder for the clove of garlic. When using dried herbs, keep in mind that they take longer to incorporate into the dressing than fresh herbs. All this means is that if you use garlic powder, you should let your dressing sit in the fridge for a few hours before you use it to allow the flavors to marinate.
What’s the best use for homemade blue cheese dressing?
There are so many ways to use this bleu cheese dressing! I love using it as the dressing on a thick steak salad. The strong blue cheese flavor pairs really nicely with the beef. You could also use it on an iceberg wedge salad, a grilled buffalo chicken salad, or any other salad hearty enough to support the strong flavor of the blue cheese.
This dressing makes a great dip for baked buffalo chicken bites and hot wings. Or, try it on a baked potato in place of sour cream!
Is this dressing vegan? What about gluten-free?
This homemade blue cheese dressing is already gluten-free, so no need to make any substitutes. However, some work needs to be done to make it vegan since it contains Greek yogurt, buttermilk, blue cheese, and Worcestershire.
The flavor of blue cheese is pretty tricky to imitate. I’d recommend choosing a different type of dressing, such as coconut milk ranch dressing, if you’re looking for a vegan salad dressing.
Looking for more homemade salad dressings?
We have a whole collection of salad dressing recipes, including:
- Chili Lime Vinaigrette
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
- Lemon Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Ginger Dressing
- Italian Dressing
- Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing
- Dairy-Free Cashew Ranch Dressing