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Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing with Buttermilk

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Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing with Buttermilk and chunky blue cheese is not only better than store-bought, it has less than half the calories, too. Ladle this delicious dressing on a classic wedge salad, use it as a dipping sauce for Buffalo wings, or on garden salads.

Using fat-free buttermilk, light sour cream, and light mayonnaise in this recipe means 2 tablespoons of this dressing are only 69 calories compared to the 160 calories in the same size serving of Marzetti’s or Marie’s dressings.

Not only that, you can mix up this dressing in under 10 minutes. Fresh. Fast. Fantastic!

homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing in a mason jar with blue cheese crumbles

Homemade blue cheese dressing with buttermilk

I’ll admit until just a few years ago, I didn’t care for blue cheese dressing. I think that’s because I couldn’t get past the foul odor in many bottled blue cheese dressings.

Then, a lot of nicer restaurants started featuring a classic wedge salad and they were all the rave. So, what did I do? I caved and followed the crowd.

I ordered a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing, chopped tomatoes, and Benton’s bacon. If I’m being truthful, it was the Benton’s bacon that convinced me to give it a shot. Everything’s better with bacon, right? Especially when it’s Benton’s.

But you know what? That day I learned I actually liked blue cheese dressing and it was delicious even without the bacon! The difference for me, I believe, was that this dressing was made fresh with a milder blue cheese for my milder taste.

That’s the beauty of making your own blue cheese dressing. If you like the stronger, more pungent blues, go for it. Or if you prefer a milder Danish Blue like me, it’s delicious in this recipe as well.

a wedge of blue cheese on a cheese board

Blue cheese or “bleu” cheese?

If you want to get technical, the proper reference is the French term bleu to pay homage to the discovery of this moldy cheese in France. However, both terms are commonly used, especially here in America.

The discovery of blue cheese is said to have happened accidentally in Roquefort, France  when sheep’s cheese was stored in caves and harmless mold created blue veins in the soft cheese. Blue cheese gets a signature flavor and pungency from the mold.

Depending on your preference, the popular Gorgonzola and Danish Blue are the mildest, while Stilton blue cheese has a stronger, more pungent flavor. Either of these varieties can be used in today’s homemade blue cheese dressing recipe.

homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing in a mason jar with blue cheese crumbles

How do you make blue cheese dressing from scratch?

No need for a food processor or blender with this recipe, although if you want a completely smooth dressing you can certainly use either one. Since I like my blue cheese dressing to remain a little chunky, I make mine using just a bowl and a fork.

  1. Select the blue cheese that meets your taste standards — either mild or strong — and place ½ cup or more blue cheese crumbles in a small bowl
  2. Pour in the buttermilk and use a fork to break up larger chunks by pressing it against the side of the bowl.
  3. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, garlic powder and a little sugar to the bowl, then stir until well combined.
  4. Season the dressing with either sea salt or kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper and it’s ready to serve or chill for later.
a spoon of homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing

How long does blue cheese dressing last?

When made with the freshest ingredients (check the code dates on your sour cream and buttermilk), homemade blue cheese dressing will last up to 7 days stored in the refrigerator.

What does blue cheese dressing go with?

The piquant, tangy flavor of blue cheese makes it the perfect accompaniment for dishes like spicy Buffalo chicken wings, Smoked Chicken Wings, a juicy steak, and tossed salads, but especially a classic wedge salad.

wedge salad with buttermilk blue cheese dressing

Related recipes

The beauty of making your own salad dressings is that you can make as little or as much as you like with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Here are a few of my favorite salad dressings to make at home:

  • Avocado Caesar Dressing — Substitute avocado for mayo in this creamy, delicious Avocado Caesar Dressing for half the fat of a regular Caesar dressing!
  • Basil Buttermilk Dressing — Welcome Spring with fresh salads topped with a delicious homemade Basil Buttermilk Dressing blended up with fresh herbs, garlic, and tangy buttermilk.
  • Ginger Sesame Dressing — Fresh ginger and dark sesame oil are create a perfect flavor combination in this dressing
  • Parmesan Ranch Dressing — Who doesn’t love a good ranch dressing, especially when you add Parmesan cheese?!
  • Thai Peanut Vinaigrette — I use this dressing on my Chopped Chicken Kale Salad. For a little more spice, toss a few red pepper flakes into the vinaigrette.
  • Maple Cider Vinaigrette — This tangy vinaigrette may be made up to three days ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator.

Let’s cook!

Choose the blue cheese flavor profile that best fits your taste for this dressing. If you like the stronger, more pungent blues, try Stilton blue cheese. For a milder flavor, use Danish Blue or Gorgonzola.

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Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing with Buttermilk

homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing in a mason jar with blue cheese crumbles

With just 69 calories per serving, ladle this delicious blue cheese dressing on a classic wedge salad, use it as a dipping sauce for Buffalo wings, or on garden salads without the guilt!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Place blue cheese and buttermilk into a bowl and stir together with a fork. Use the fork to break up any large chunks of cheese by pressing it against the side of the bowl. If you prefer a smoother dressing, mix together in a blender.
  2. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, garlic powder and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  3. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Choose the blue cheese flavor profile that best fits your taste for this recipe. If you like the stronger, more pungent blues, try Stilton blue cheese. For a milder flavor, use Danish Blue or Gorgonzola.

When made with the freshest ingredients (check the code dates on your sour cream and buttermilk), homemade blue cheese dressing will last up to 7 days stored in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition values based on a 2 tablespoon serving

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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