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

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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. This creamy dressing is just as easy to make as our buttermilk ranch dressing, this creamy Caesar and our homemade Italian vinaigrette (which doubles as a marinade)!

Blue Cheese Dressing with celery

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. (We use the same combination of mayo and sour cream to make this creamy honey mustard sauce.)

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.

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)

  • PREP

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

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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


    1Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, blue cheese, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and stir until well blended and creamy.

    2Use 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.

    3For 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.

    4Keep, 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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65 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jill June 1, 2023, 8:37 pm

    This is delicious! I used dried parsley (about 1/2 tsp?) and used a splash of milk. I used my immersion blender since I like a smoother dressing. Great dip for buffalo wings and celery!

  • Philomena Messina April 6, 2023, 2:36 pm

    I love the comments and hope to add mine too. Thanks so much can’t wait to make blue cheese dressing we love it and havnt made it in so long. W make for Easter

  • catherine February 25, 2023, 12:54 pm

    i was looking for a recipe like my mom used to make i googled the ingredients she used.. this looks great only thing as one person said she added some garlic but i am so over buying jarred dressings that just dont have what it takes thanks for posting it making it today

  • Bree P February 17, 2023, 11:40 pm

    I love Blue Cheese dressing but am sort of a snob about it. It is really hard to find good blue cheese dressing and the closest I can buy isn’t all that great…So I stumbled upon your recipe and gave it a shot. I have made it about 5 timeseach time tweaking to my tastes..WOW..I will never buy store bought again. I personally did not like the lemon juice (but that is subjective) but it needed a kick so I added white wine vinegar I will also mix the blue cheese and then stir in larger chunks….

  • Kendle February 15, 2023, 7:12 pm

    My husband is a big blue cheese fan. Made this dressing and he loved it. I like to make it because I know what is in the dressing without all the junk. I will make this again.

  • Richelle February 11, 2023, 10:34 am

    I used a dash of Worcestershire and a dash of Louisiana hot sauce and 3 cloves of garlic, mixed in a blender !! So garlicky and good, added blue cheese after mixing !

  • Shuri February 6, 2023, 2:52 pm

    hii, what blue cheese should i use?

    • Joanne February 27, 2023, 6:06 pm

      Hi there, we use something we enjoy the flavor of. Gorgonzola is a nice option.

  • Cheri January 30, 2023, 11:37 pm

    This is really good. Very forgiving recipe too. I was out of my beloved blue cheese dressing and needed a fix. I think I’ll be making it more often now. Thank you❤️

    • Joanne January 31, 2023, 1:24 pm

      Oh wow, we are so happy you found us, then! Thanks for coming back and sharing, Cheri.

  • Jessica January 11, 2023, 8:50 pm

    Excellent recipe. I used some Roquefort cheese and lemon. Subbed cilantro because I had no fresh parsley. Added about half cup of milk. Came out wonderful. Thank you.

  • Glendale November 19, 2022, 2:11 pm

    Loved this recipe, I added a pinch of garlic powder(I love garlic)

  • Diedre Purvis October 23, 2022, 11:55 am

    Just made this recipe! Delicious! Easy peasy!

  • Kathie Parks September 10, 2022, 7:43 pm

    It is very good. Loved it.

  • Rogan August 21, 2022, 1:58 pm

    Excellent! I use light sour cream, light mayo and a dash of cayenne. And double the recipe. It’s great to find a recipe without sugar. I HATE sugar in salad dressings. Thanks!


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