Mayo, blue cheese, lemon juice, and dried parsley are all you need to make Blue Cheese Dressing at home! Each ingredient brings a special taste to this bold and powerful dressing.
I never realized how easy it is to make blue cheese dressing right at home! All you need is a few ingredients and 10 minutes for this dressing to come together. I love the bold and tangy flavors from the lemon juice and blue cheese that really stand out with each bite.
Blue cheese dressing has a very strong flavor, so you only need a little bit drizzled over your salad or on your chicken wings to experience the unique taste. Luckily, this dressing will last a couple weeks in your fridge so you can enjoy it in different ways. After you try this creamy dressing you will never want to buy store-bought blue cheese dressing again!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It has a bold and bright flavor.
- Can be made in less than 10 minutes for a quick homemade dressing.
- It is thick, creamy texture balanced with chunks of blue cheese.
- Has a fresh flavor that outshines any store bought dressing.
- Mayo—The creamy base of your dressing.
- Crumbled Blue Cheese—Adds a sharp, salty flavor to the dressing. You can also use gorgonzola.
- Lemon Juice—You can use bottled or freshly squeezed for a bright taste.
- Sea Salt—Amplifies the flavor of the lemon and cheese.
- Dried Parsley— For an earthy, peppery flavor.
How to Make Blue Cheese Dressing
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk the ingredients using a fork or whisk until homogenous.
- Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
It is natural for your blue cheese to work its way to the bottom of your dressing as it sits out or in the fridge. You can simply shake it up or stir it before you use it again to make sure it is all blended together and ready to use!
Blue cheese is made from a type of mold called penicillium which has a very distinct taste, smell, and look. This mold causes the cheese to have greenish blue spots and stripes throughout, which is where this cheese gets its name. It also gives the cheese a sharp and salty taste. Penicillium is not a toxic mold, so it is safe to consume and will offer a unique flavor!
Due to the nature of blue cheese, your dressing will have a slightly thick and chunky texture. If you want to thin out the dressing, you can easily add a tablespoon of milk or water and then whisk it in until you have your desired consistency.
- Do not use too much dressing or it can overpower other flavors in your dish or meal. Use it sparingly to get the best flavor from the blue cheese!
- If you want to add extra tang to your dressing, you can add the zest of half a lemon!
- You should be able to find blue cheese in the dairy/deli section of most major grocery stores!
- Dried parsley will be pretty easy to mix into your dressing without forming any clumps. However, you can replace the dried parsley with 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley if you prefer!
- If you want to better incorporate the blue cheese flavor into the mayo mixture, you can use the back of a spoon to flatten some of the blue cheese crumbles on the side of the bowl and then stir the dressing again!
How can you tell if blue cheese dressing has gone bad?
It can be difficult to know when blue cheese dressing is bad, but with homemade dressing it is a bit easier to recognize. Any mold that grows onto your dressing will look fuzzy and have a gray, white, or pink color to it. Another good way to detect mold on your blue cheese is the smell. Blue cheese that has gone bad will have a smell that resembles ammonia. If you notice any of these signs, discard your dressing and make a fresh batch.
How to Serve Blue Cheese Dressing
You can use blue cheese dressing in a variety of ways to enhance other dishes! Here are some of my favorite ways:
- Salads— You can serve this dressing over a wedge salad, a simple garden salad, or a cobb salad!
- Veggie dip— Blue cheese dressing is the perfect dip for crisp vegetables! You can serve this with sugar snap peas, sliced carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, or cherry tomatoes. The
- Chicken wings— buffalo chicken wings are commonly served with ranch or blue cheese dressing for a surprising combination of powerful flavors!
How to Store Blue Cheese Dressing
To store this dressing, transfer it into an airtight container or mason jar. It will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, so you can make it ahead of time and have it ready to go whenever! We typically feel like the flavors in this dressing come out more as it sits, making it better a day or two after it is made.
Blue Cheese Dressing
- ¾ cup mayo
- ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk the ingredients using a fork or small whisk until homogenous.
- Serve and enjoy!
- You can find crumbled blue cheese in the dairy/ deli section of most major grocery stores.
- Store this dressing by transferring it to an airtight container or mason jar. Store your dressing in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- For some extra tang you can add the zest of half a lemon.
- I found that dried parsley was a little easier to mix into the dressing without any clumps forming. However, you can replace the dried parsley with 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley if you would like.
- The salt amplifies the flavor of the lemon and cheese.
- You can substitute the blue cheese with gorgonzola if that is all you can find.
- This makes about 1 cup of dressing.