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Since focusing on eating healthy, whole foods years ago, I’ve had a lot of salads. From mason jar salads to my favorite strawberry and feta cheese salad. With all of these salad options, I’ve come up with plenty of homemade salad dressings to go with them. This creamy blue cheese dressing and dip is the latest.
Best Blue Cheese Dressing
You can find cheap blue cheese dressing sitting in the condiment aisle at your local grocery store. Then there’s the slightly more appetizing store-bought dressing in the refrigerated section along with the fresh produce. This gives it the appearance of being a healthy, fresh food, but that’s not always the case.
Most premade dressings feature a hearty dose of vegetable oils (not good for anyone!). Then there’s the added sugar, GMO corn starch, and cellulose gum. Instead, you can whip up an easy blue cheese dressing in mere minutes.
A Healthier High Protein Version
With homemade blue cheese dressing, you can customize the ingredients for a tastier, healthier version. Some recipes use a whole cup of mayonnaise for an ultra-rich taste. In this version, we’re using Greek yogurt instead. It has less total fat and much more protein. Not that I have anything against fats (healthy ones of course), but it’s nice to have something a little lighter sometimes.
If you don’t want to use all Greek yogurt, you can replace part of it with mayo. Or do a mix of sour cream and mayo if that’s what you have. I prefer the yogurt though since it’s high in protein and full of probiotics. For a dairy-free version, use mayo and thin it with water.
This dressing and dipping sauce recipe has only five simple ingredients, including the salt. I add a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and some lemon juice to up the flavor. You could also add a dash of Worcestershire sauce or white wine vinegar if desired. Or add a little black pepper and top it off with chives for a garnish.
Dip or Dressing
The recipe below is on the thicker side thanks to the yogurt. This makes it the perfect blue cheese sauce for dipping buffalo chicken wings, veggies, and other things. To make it a salad dressing consistency, just thin it with a little liquid. Use your favorite kind of milk, or even just water.
The Different Types of Blue Cheese
What we call blue cheese is actually a variety of different cheeses made with the same starter. There are dozens of different types, each with different flavors and textures. You can usually find several different varieties at the cheese counter of your local Whole Foods or other grocery stores.
They can be made with goat, sheep, or cow milk. However, US blue cheese is usually made with cow milk. In Europe, blue cheese is made according to very specific regulations dictated by the European Union to ensure quality and consistency. The Europeans are pretty serious about their cheese!
Shop around and see what types of blue cheese you can find at your local store. The more yellow the cheese, the more fresh grass in the animal’s diet (and healthier it is). Here’s a breakdown of some of the more common kinds of blue cheese to try:
Gorgonzola – Made in Italy from cow’s milk this cheese has a milder flavor. It melts well and works well as a spread.
Stilton – This blue cheese is made in a few select British counties and is made from their local cow’s milk. It’s firmer and a little more intense than gorgonzola.
Roquefort – The punchiest of the options so far, Roquefort is made from sheep’s milk from France. It’s softer and has a nice crumble to it.
What to Eat With Blue Cheese Dressing
Now that you’ve made a jar of blue cheese dressing, what to eat it with? Here are a few different ideas to use it as a dip or dressing:
Blue Cheese Dip Recipe
This creamy blue cheese recipe is perfect for dipping wings and vegetables. Thin it out to make a delicious salad dressing!
- To use as a salad dressing, thin the dip with milk, buttermilk, or water, one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- Store any leftovers for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Serving: 2TBSPCalories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 0.01gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 0.04mg
More Salad Dressing Recipes
Making homemade salad dressing can be addictive! Here are a few more recipes to try.
What are your favorite ways to eat blue cheese dressing? Have you ever made your own before? Leave a comment and let me know!