Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Ditch the bottled dressing and make bold, creamy blue cheese dressing at home in mere minutes! You probably have everything you need already in your fridge!

Blue Cheese Salad Dressing - - salad dressing with salad in background.
Sally Vargas

I’m just going to say it: Cheese is my favorite food group. And blue cheese is my gold standard. It is salty and strong and just a little bit stinky. Those words are music to my ears.

Once about every three years I will buy a bottle of salad dressing as an experiment. I may use it a few times before its expiration date and then toss it, while cursing myself for allowing it to take up valuable refrigerator real estate for an unjustifiable amount of time. I have conducted this experiment long enough to know that bottled salad dressing is not for me.

A jar of blue cheese dressing
Sally Vargas

And I don’t mean to be bossy, but it shouldn’t be for you either. (Okay, I’m bossy.) The ingredients for this dressing are stirred together in a bowl in practically no time, and the resulting dressing is so much creamier and zingier than store-bought brands. It’s a win-win!

The Best Blue Cheese for Salad Dressing

A dry, crumbly cheese (as opposed to creamy) that is also robustly flavored and not too mild is best in this salad dressing. Cheeses like Maytag Blue, Stilton, Roquefort, and dry Gorgonzola are all good choices.

Mixed Green Salad -- colorful salad in a bowl with blue cheese dressing
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What Salads Go Well With Blue Cheese Dressing?

The Classic Wedge Salad with iceberg lettuce is an all-time favorite for blue cheese dressing. Sturdy or crunchy greens such as romaine, kale, endive, and radicchio hold up well with this bold dressing. Try it on this salad of mixed greens with grapes and walnuts. It would also be delicious tossed with chilled, cooked green beans or on a BLT or Cobb Salad.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 16
Yield 1 cup


  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

  • 2 1/2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)

  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives, optional


  1. Marinate the shallots:

    In a bowl, stir the shallots, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together. Let sit for 10 minutes to soften the flavor of the shallots.

  2. Add remaining ingredients:

    Whisk the mayonnaise and buttermilk into the vinegar and shallot mixture. Add the cheese, and mash any large chunks against the side of bowl (you still want a few smaller crumbles). Stir in the chives, if using.

    Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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    Side Salad Recipes - - colorful salad in a bowl with blue cheese dressing
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
65 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 24mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.