Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing (Better Than Store-Bought)

This easy homemade blue cheese dressing is better than anything you can buy at the store. It’s extra creamy and perfect for tossing with salad or used as a dipping sauce. Jump to the Easy Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Watch us make the recipe

How to Make the Best Blue Cheese Dressing or Dip

This better than store-bought blue cheese dressing is incredibly simple to make and you probably already have most of the ingredients you need to make it in your kitchen. Here’s what you will need to make it:

  • Sour cream and mayonnaise — For the best blue cheese dressing, use both. A combination of sour cream and mayonnaise make the dressing extra creamy. Mayonnaise can be heavy by itself. Adding sour cream lightens up the dressing a bit. If you’re used to only using mayonnaise, try adding a bit of sour cream next time. It’s a game changer. If you’re in the mood, you can make homemade mayo, too. Here’s our no-fail mayonnaise recipe.
  • Blue cheese — Use a blue cheese that you love. We usually go for something that isn’t too expensive and that tastes rich and creamy. Gorgonzola is a good option.
Blue cheese dressing ingredients
  • Fresh parsley — We’re big fans of fresh herbs, so we add them to just about everything. Fresh parsley adds both color and flavor to the dressing.
  • Salt and pepper — There will be some salt in the mayonnaise and cheese, but we always end up adding some additional salt to the dressing to make the flavor pop. Pepper adds some spice.
  • Milk or water — Depending on what you plan to use the dressing for, you might consider adding a little milk or water. Without it, the dressing is thick, which makes it perfect for dipping. If you want it to be pourable like a salad dressing, a splash of milk or water is the key.

Just a few seconds of stirring turns the dressing into a creamy and delicious mixture.

For a lighter dressing with fewer calories, you can swap the mayonnaise for light mayo and the sour cream for plain yogurt.

Blue Cheese Dressing with celery

How Long Will Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing Last

Here’s the great news, this easy homemade dressing lasts for about a week when stored in the fridge. We love making a double batch so we can add it to salads, use a veggie dipping sauce, or spoon onto dinners throughout the week.

In fact, there’s a jar of it in our fridge now ready to be used in our favorite dishes. Here are a few suggestions for how to use this easy blue cheese dressing:

  • Skip store-bought salad dressing and use it on your favorite homemade salads. It’s especially delicious with baby greens, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, sweet bell peppers, cauliflower, and broccoli. It’s also excellent with salads where you add fruit (like grapes, apples or pear).
  • Swap out the traditional dressing and use this blue cheese dressing to make coleslaw.
  • Add to a small bowl and use as a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables, roasted veggies (like these sweet potato fries), or anything buffalo flavored. We especially love these chicken wings, this buffalo chicken rice bowl, and these baked buffalo cauliflower wings.

For more easy homemade salad dressings, take a look at our easy honey mustard dressing, this homemade Caesar salad dressing and our dreamy tahini sauce.

Blue Cheese Dressing with celery and peas

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing (Better Than Store-Bought)

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This easy homemade blue cheese dressing is extra creamy and perfect for tossing with salad or used as a dipping sauce. Depending on what you plan to use the blue cheese dressing for, you might consider adding a little milk or water. Without it, the dressing is thick, which makes it perfect for dipping. If you want it to be pourable like a salad dressing, a splash of milk or water is the key.

Makes about 1/2 cup

You Will Need

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise, try our homemade mayonnaise recipe

2 ounces crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon minced parsley

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, optional

Pinch fine sea salt

Pinch fresh ground pepper

Milk, buttermilk or water to thin out the dressing, optional

Directions

    Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and stir until well blended and creamy.

    Use the back of a spoon to press some of the blue cheese crumbles into the sauce for even more flavor. The dressing will be thick, which makes it perfect for dips.

    For a pourable dressing that’s perfect for salads, stir in a tablespoon or two of milk, buttermilk or water. Taste then adjust with additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

    Keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for one week.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Lemon juice is optional, but if you have a lemon on hand, we recommend adding some lemon juice. It adds a lovely fresh pop of flavor to the dressing.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 85 / Total Fat 8.2g / Saturated Fat 2.8g / Cholesterol 10.7mg / Sodium 149.7mg / Carbohydrate 0.9g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 0.1g / Protein 2.1g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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23 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Staci Benno January 5, 2021, 6:21 pm

    So QUICK and EASY!! Fresh & DELICIOUS! I also did it with a teaspoon of fresh dill which was also awesome.

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  • Monica December 25, 2020, 1:08 pm

    Lucky us had all the ingredients in the house. This was truly tasty. I’m going to save the recipe for next time.

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    • Monica December 26, 2020, 10:57 am

      Additional comment… I used this blue cheese dressing as a topping on my baked potato last night. Heaven! I will add blue cheese to my grocery list to make this again. Thank you for the recipe!

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  • CertainlySue December 9, 2020, 3:07 am

    I comment on a recipe about once every couple of years because if it doesn’t impress me, it’s not a good use of my time. But I had to take a minute here to say that I LOVE this dressing! From wings to salads to a side sauce for savory entrees? This recipe ROCKS!!! Kudos and thank you!

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  • Jane December 5, 2020, 12:45 pm

    Omg!! This dressing is fantastic!! better than anything out of a jar and so easy to make. If I could give it 10 stars I would…Thank you

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  • Esther October 24, 2020, 12:57 am

    I modified mine by adding 2 ounces of ricotta, as well as a few tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. I also added the lemon. It came out delightful!

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