This Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing is a creamy, tangy dressing perfect for salads or as a dip. Featuring tart buttermilk, rich and flavorful blue cheese, and just the right spices, this dressing will add richness to any dish. It's easy to make and only requires a few minutes of prep time. Serve it with your favorite greens or use it as an accompaniment to crudités or buffalo wings. No matter how you use it, this flavorful blue cheese dressing will be sure to please any palate!
If you are ready to level up your mealtime, you are going to love this Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing.
Whether you want to take a wedge salad or tomato salad from simple to spectacular or use it as a dipping sauce for Ninja Foodi chicken wings, air fryer chicken wings, buffalo potatoes, steak, or buffalo chicken sliders, this simple condiment is perfect.
Best of all, this recipe is so much tastier than store-bought. Follow along, and I'll teach you how to make your own blue cheese dressing.
- Mayonnaise: Use good quality mayo as it will strongly impact the flavor of your homemade blue cheese dressing with buttermilk.
- Sour cream: Full fat will yield the best flavor; low-fat can be used if you prefer. Full-fat Greek yogurt is also an alternative.
- Buttermilk: This gives the dressing a tangy flavor and helps to create a creamy texture.
- Sugar: Adds sweetness to balance out all of the other flavors. Use cane sugar or coconut sugar if you want an unrefined option.
- White vinegar: A milder type of vinegar like white wine or champagne could be used in place of regular white vinegar.
- Seasonings: Sea salt, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper provide just the right kick.
- Blue cheese: Use your favorite blue cheese for a salty, creamy bite.
Step by Step Instructions
To get the full blue cheese dressing recipe with buttermilk, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
Next add the crumbled blue cheese and stir until just combined.
Transfer the dressing to an airtight container or mason jar and refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors combine.
Your delicious blue cheese salad dressing is now ready to use! You can garnish with chives or parsley if you like. Serve it over a simple salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon, or as a dipping sauce for veggies and chicken wings.
Leftover buttermilk blue cheese dip can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can customize the buttermilk blue cheese recipe based on your taste preferences and dietary needs. Here are some ideas:
- Add a touch of cayenne pepper or hot sauce for a spicy kick.
- Worcestershire sauce adds an extra depth of flavor.
- Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream if desired. If you want to make buttermilk blue cheese dressing with no mayo, you could also substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise.
- For a dairy-free buttermilk blue cheese salad dressing, replace the mayonnaise with vegan mayo (I love Vegenaise) and use unsweetened nut milk with a little lemon juice added to it in place of the buttermilk.
What is the best blue cheese to make a blue cheese salad dressing recipe?
The top choices for the type of blue cheese to use in salad dressing would be Maytag, stilton, gorgonzola, and Danish blue cheese.
Roquefort is another great choice that has been popular since ancient times. Its rich, salty taste pairs well with many different flavors and adds a savory depth to salads and dressings alike.
I recommend avoiding blue cheese crumbles, as it typically lacks the robust flavor that a block of cheese has.
How do I make my own buttermilk?
Making your own buttermilk is easy! All you need is 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Simply combine the two ingredients, stir to mix, then let it sit for around 10 minutes before using in recipes. The mixture will thicken and acquire a tangy flavor that makes it great for use in baking and salad dressings.
Can I use a different type of cheese?
Yes, you can definitely experiment with other types of cheese in this recipe. Goat cheese is a great option that adds a tangy flavor to the dressing. Feta provides a salty bite, while shredded Parmesan or Romano will add richness.
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Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled (avoid pre crumbled if possible)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, sugar, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Add the cheese and stir until just combined.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors combine.