Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

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Indulge in the irresistible allure of our Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing—a velvety blend of cool, creamy textures intertwined with tangy notes and bursting with chunks of fresh blue cheese. Whether adorning a crisp bed of greens, accompanying piping hot wings, or enhancing the juiciness of a grilled burger, this dressing elevates any dish it touches.

Effortlessly crafted and undeniably delicious, it’s the quintessential condiment for our Romaine Blue Cheese Wedge Salad, delivering unparalleled flavor with every bite.

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing poured over a Romaine Wedge Salad with bacon and balsamic vinaigrette.
Romaine Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Moreover, crafting your own dressing not only saves on costs but also ensures full transparency about its ingredients—eliminating any unwelcome preservatives. The inclusion of buttermilk is paramount, infusing the dressing with its distinctive flavor that harmonizes flawlessly with the richness of blue cheese.

If you find yourself without buttermilk, fear not! Creating your own is incredibly simple!

  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into a liquid measuring cup.
  2. Add enough milk (preferably whole milk) to reach the 1-cup line.
  3. Stir the mixture gently.
  4. Let it sit at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Afterward, the milk will have thickened slightly and curdled, resembling the consistency of buttermilk.
  6. Use it immediately in your recipe or store it in the refrigerator for future use.
Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing poured over a Romaine Wedge Salad with bacon and balsamic vinaigrette.

Types of Blue Cheese for Crafting Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Note: Blue cheese varieties vary widely in quality and flavor. Avoid pre-crumbled options in tubs, as they often lack the balance and depth of flavor found in freshly crumbled blue cheese. Opting for freshly crumbled cheese ensures a more vibrant and flavorful dressing for your salads and dishes.

  1. Gorgonzola: Known for its creamy texture and tangy flavor, Gorgonzola adds a delightful richness to homemade blue cheese dressing.
  2. Roquefort: This French blue cheese offers a strong and tangy flavor profile, perfect for those who enjoy a more intense blue cheese taste in their dressing.
  3. Stilton: A classic English blue cheese with a crumbly texture and robust flavor, Stilton adds depth and complexity to homemade dressings.
  4. Maytag Blue: Hailing from Iowa, Maytag Blue is a rich and creamy blue cheese that brings a balanced tanginess to dressings, complementing other ingredients beautifully.
  5. Danish Blue: Mild and creamy, Danish Blue offers a smoother and milder blue cheese flavor, making it a versatile choice for homemade dressings.
Hunk of Gorgonzola cheese that is being used for Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing.

Storing Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing Safely

  1. Transfer the dressing to an airtight container.
  2. Seal the container tightly to prevent air from entering.
  3. Place the container in the refrigerator.
  4. Store the dressing for up to 1 week for optimal freshness and flavor.

Following these guidelines will help maintain the quality of the dressing and ensure it remains safe to consume.

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing in a glass jar next to a wedge salad.

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Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing in a glass jar next to a wedge salad.

How to Make Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dessing

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing in a glass jar with a wedge salad in the forefront.

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing cool, creamy, tangy and full of fresh blue cheese chunks. Perfect for topping a pile of fresh greens, dipping hot wings or slathering on a juicy grilled burger. It's incredibly easy to make and totally delicious! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons (90 grams) sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons (60 grams) mayonnaise
  • 6 Tablespoons (90 ml) buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 pound (4 ounces - 113 grams) blue cheese, crumbled
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt, to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, white wine vinegar, sugar, garlic paste, and blue cheese to a glass mixing bowl. 
    Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing being mixed in a large glass jar.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined, cover and chill 4 hours or overnight for better flavor. 
    Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing being mixed.

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • Store in an airtight container up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
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Creative Recipe Inspiration

Indulge in the classic combination of crisp romaine lettuce and tangy blue cheese with our Romaine Blue Cheese Salad Wedge. Crisp, refreshing, and bursting with flavor, this salad is perfect as a starter or a light meal on its own.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Italy with our Big Easy Italian Salad, a delightful fusion of antipasto and fresh salad goodness. Bursting with a medley of hearts of palm, marinated artichoke hearts, tangy cheeses, briny olives, and crisp lettuce, this salad is a feast for the senses.

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    1. All your recipes look so amazing, Angela! I haven’t encountered a dairy-free salad dressing that looks as good as this, although there is a Daiya blue cheese dressing in the health food store that works pretty well as a substitute. Oh, I just made my first dairy-free yogurt with cashews earlier this week, and it’s really good!

      1. Thanks so much, Ramae, it’s great that you found a sub for blue cheese I’m sure it’s hard to do! If someone asks I’ll at least be able to make a recommendation 🙂 I bet your yogurt is delish, I love cashews and cashew milk so the yogurt must be fab! ???

    2. Wow! I have not realized how easy it is to make homemade buttermilk! I need to share it with my mother-in-law

      1. It is easy Anna, and works perfectly! Thanks for sharing with your mother in law! ?

    3. Lisa Manderino says:

      Blue cheese looks amazing!

      1. Blue cheese is amazing Lisa! 🙂

    4. So excited..I am making this over the weekend! I love blue cheese and this seems so easy! Thank you!

      1. Awesome, Holly! Please do me a favor and take a pic to post on our Facebook Page! We would love to see your results, thank you so much!! ???

    5. Ooo this looks amazing, and I’m not even a big fan of blue cheese!

      1. Thanks, Caitlin! It’s an acquired taste for some, thanks so much for taking the time to check it out! ?

    6. Pauline Reynolds says:

      Oh I think I’m going to have to make this for Easter. I love love love blue cheese dressing. The type a cheese really does matter.

      1. Oh, that would be great Pauline, be sure to take a pic and share it on our Facebook Page!! The type is super important and as long as everyone steers clear of those little pre-crumbled tubs the flavor will be most excellent! Thank you ???

    7. This looks delicious! I love blue cheese dressing so will need to make this! Thanks for sharing.

      1. Great, thanks so much for stopping by to check it out, Lina! 🙂 Make sure to post a pic on our Facebook Page too @meangreenchef!

    8. I am not a fan of blue cheese but that looks and sounds delicious. I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

      1. Thanks for stopping by to check it out, Carolina! 🙂

    9. I never knew there were so many different types of blue cheese. I can’t wait to make this.

      1. There are actually a ton more Heather! I just covered some of the most common, I really hope you love this as much as we do. Thanks so much for checking it and please be sure to take a pic and leave it on our Facebook Page @meangreenchef ?

    10. Couldn’t pin this one fast enough! It looks so good. I love that there’s virtually no sugar and so much cheese. Yum!

      1. Thanks, so much Leigh Ann! ? You could even omit the sugar if you like and add it in if you think it needs it. Really appreciate the Pin too, thank you! ???

    11. Gosh your pictures and content really suck a person in! I am definitely going to making this recipe and hope it can come out as amazing looking! Keep up the incredible work, I always look forward to your posts =)

      1. LOL, thanks ever so much for the kind words, Brittany! We really appreciate you being a part of our kitchen be sure to take pics and post away on our Facebook Page and/or @tag us on Instagram @meangreenchef ???

    12. Paloma Cotton says:

      Hi Angela I am so excited to try this recipe thank you for sharing! I love your pics by the way.

      1. Hi, Paloma! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by to check out our recipe, I can’t wait to hear how it goes. Take a pic and share on our Facebook Page and\or Instagram @meangreenchef So glad that you like my photography too! ?

    13. Blue Cheese Dressing is my husband’s absolute favorite…I had no idea it was this easy to make! Definitely going to have to try this one! And like everyone else has said, your pictures are always lovely!

      1. Great, Michele, I hope you guys love it! It’s so easy to make just remember to give it time to let the flavors blend I prefer overnight but 4 hours gets you close. Also, thanks so much for the comps on my photos I really LOVE shooting them ?

    14. This looks great! You always have great pictures too!

      1. Thanks so much, Meagan I love shooting the photos as much as creating the dishes!! Really appreciate you stopping by to check out the recipe 🙂

    15. I love homemade dressing. In fact that is all that we have at our home. Thanks for this recipes.

      1. Homemade dressing really is the best Jennifer and it’s so simple to make too! Thank you so much for being a part of our kitchen 🙂

    16. As I get older, my appreciation for blue cheese is increasing! Right now I can eat Gorgonzola but I am venturing out and trying new types! I will have to keep this recipe in mind!

      1. Funny how tastes change Kim and blue cheese is one of those flavors for sure! I’m glad you’re venturing out to try new tastes, thanks so much for keeping our recipe in mind it’s great for wings too! 🙂

    17. This sounds delicious and surprisingly easy! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to try it the next time we make wings!

      1. Great, Sharon! I am so happy to hear and I promise it is so easy to toss together. It’s perfect for wings! 🙂

    18. I had no idea about choosing the right type of blue cheese. This dressing looks so creamy and delicious! ?

      1. Thanks so much, Erin! The right blue cheese makes all the difference, thanks so much for checking out our recipe! ???

    19. The dressing can make or break a salad – and I love ones that are homemade!

      1. I agree, Janine, homemade dressings taste so much better than the shelf varieties!

    20. Tricia Snow says:

      I am guilty of buying the crumbles so that is a really good tip! I just made my first gorgonzola alfredo a couple of weeks ago!! It was amazing!!

      1. Hi, Tricia! Yes, we make Alfredo with gorgonzola and fresh pasta and it is amazing, steer clear of those crumbles and you’ll achieve even better flavors! 🙂

    21. This dressing is right up my hubby’s alley. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Glad to hear that Sandi, thanks for checking it out! 🙂

    22. I used to love blue cheese dressing and yet I never considered making my own! I do make dressings now. However blue cheese is off my list. But I’ll watch for other great dressing recipes from you!

      1. Thanks for stopping by Cindy! Making dressings is so easy and they are so much fresher than the stabilized stuff off the shelves. 🙂

    23. This salad combo is one of my favorites – cannot wait to try this. Not a fan of bottled dressing and this looks like something I can manage!

      1. Hi, Tiffany! I’ve never been a fan of bottled dressing either I love having the freshest possible and dressings are so easy to make, thanks so much for checking it out! 🙂

    24. My husband is a huge fan of bleu cheese. I’m a fan of more milder versions of it. I’m going to have to look into trying these. You have some great recipes on your site!

      1. Thanks so much, T.M we love what we do!!! Hope you all love our blue cheese dressing 😊🥰

    25. We tried this today. It was delicious!!! I used the lemon to make buttermilk. We also made a keto version with no sugar, avacado mayo and heavy cream. Tasted almost exactly the same.

      1. Awesome, thank you so much for sharing your Keto version, Pauline! Really glad that you were able to customize it to fit your needs! 🙌

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