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

Blue Cheese Dressing with celery and peas

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.

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

Watch Us Make the Recipe

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


    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.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

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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49 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Mikela August 4, 2022, 9:30 pm

    OMG!!! WHY have I not made this before?? I’m a huge ranch dressing aficionado; blue cheese can be hit or miss for me. This dressing is soooo, soooo dang good. I bought blue cheese from Trader Joe’s and used a lime because I didn’t have any lemons. The result was fresh, “homey” and creamy. Maybe it was the blue cheese I bought but this didn’t have any of the butter funkiness I’ve tasted in some restaurants. This helped me make one of the best wedge salads I’ve ever tasted. I’ll def be putting this into regular rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Liz July 19, 2022, 12:47 pm

    Is possible to make blue cheese dressing without mayo because I have IBS

    • Joanne July 19, 2022, 3:05 pm

      Of course, swap the mayo for vegan mayo or non-dairy sour cream. Or try more of a vinaigrette-style dressing. Here’s a strawberry salad we made with a blue cheese vinaigrette that you might enjoy.

  • Shane Degro July 14, 2022, 9:59 pm

    I am glad to be one of many visitants on this great website (:, appreciate it for putting up.

  • Kathy June 28, 2022, 11:12 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man! June 22, 2022, 6:25 am

    Great recipe! I really like a combo of sour cream and mayo.

  • Gigi April 20, 2022, 11:45 pm

    I must say, THANK YOU! YOU HAVE MADE MY NIGHT! Short story, I have endometriosis. I can’t have soy or any hormone producing ingredients. My hubby and I have been searching for great MAYO and Amazing BLUE CHEESE recipes, we have made many…to NO SUCCESS! THIS ONE WAS THE ONE!!!! 👏 YOU DID IT. We made the mayo and blue cheese. We used olive oil, but we love that evoo flavor. The LEMON is a must for us. This recipe has changed our lives. THANK YOU 🤗 MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Gigi

  • Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man! April 18, 2022, 11:53 pm

    Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe.

  • Ed West March 19, 2022, 5:35 pm

    This recipe is simple and perfect. Most people will already have the ingredients. I made it to accompany wings. It worked great.

  • Michelle February 25, 2022, 8:04 pm

    Lovely way to use up some blue cheese I had. Delicious and simple. I’ll never buy bottled dressing again!

  • Cissy February 13, 2022, 1:18 pm

    This blue cheese dressing was so easy and tasty. I have made it 2 times and my husband and I love it. I made zero alterations to the recipe.

  • Julie January 19, 2022, 6:40 pm

    Oh my bleu cheese stars! Delish! I did note someone’s comment about the lemon juice being a little heavy and just kept it to a small squeeze…probably a teaspoon, instead of the tablespoon. How did I make it to 51 without realizing how simple this is to make? I added a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half of water since I wanted it a little thinner. Using it for wings tonight and salad tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!

  • Irene Renaud January 11, 2022, 4:01 pm

    I bought Gorgonzola blue cheese on a whim, Because it was a good price, wasn’t sure what to do with it. No one like it as is. I do love blue cheese dressing so I am going to try this great recipe. Just sorry it will not keep longer. Thank you.

  • Deborah December 12, 2021, 12:12 pm

    I love blue-cheese dressing; upon reading the recipe I knew it would be perfect; and, it is. Happy, happy.

  • Jan December 5, 2021, 3:44 pm

    I just made this and I do regret adding the optional lemon juice. I could taste the sourness of the lemon so I added more of everything else in the recipe. I also added more than a pinch of salt. All good now


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