Classic Blue Cheese Dressing: Perfect for salads or for dipping everything buffalo! Homemade, easy, and ready in only 10 minutes!

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing

I grew up turning my nose up at a lot of food.

I have no doubt that my mom’s would head spin with frustration at me and I’m sure she wondered whose child I actually was.

Blue cheese, in any form, was certainly one of the foods I couldn’t run from fast enough but in the past couple of years, since my love for anything buffalo has grown, so has my appreciation for blue cheese.

If you had asked me when I started Smells Like Home, nearly 6 years ago, if I had planned to share a blue cheese dressing with you, I truly would have shuddered at the thought!

And in spite of the fact that I recently made that buffalo chicken salad with creamy avocado ranch dressing, this blue cheese dressing would have been a perfect topper for it in place of the ranch.

I just so happened to make this as a dip for my healthy buffalo chicken egg rolls and it was a stellar way to dunk that buffalo goodness!  Thick and creamy, the way I imagine a good blue cheese dressing should be! Those egg rolls made good work of this dressing, let me tell you!

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing

So a classic blue cheese dressing this is, and certainly a keeper for the grown-up me. Making mom proud every day!

If you’re looking for other homemade dressing recipes, you must check these out!

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing in a glass bowl set on a white plate. There are some scallions next to the bowl. On top of the dressing, there are some chunks of blue cheese.

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing

Yield: 1 ¼ cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Perfect for salads or for dipping everything buffalo! Homemade, easy, and ready in only 10 minutes!


  • ½ cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅙ tsp black pepper
  • 2 oz crumbled firm blue cheese (about ½ cup) – I used Roquefort
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives


Place the first 7 ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until blended. Add the blue cheese and pulse until the crumbles break up but the dressing still remains chunky. If you want it smoother, pulse the dressing a couple extra times. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the chives. I actually threw them in with the other ingredients by mistake but it turned out fine anyway. Top with some extra blue cheese crumbles if you have some left over.


This dressing is best used on the day it is made. While thick and creamy when we ate it, even an overnight in the refrigerator turned mine super watery – I don’t know what happened to it! It only takes a couple minutes to whip up in the food processor so make it as close to when you need it as possible.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  • March 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Blue Cheese & all things buffalo come hand-in-hand in our house. Yet I too, never thought I liked BC until I tried it with hot wings. Now I can’t live without it.

  • You know who
    March 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Blue cheese – HURRAY! It would be SO EASY to cook for you now that you will eat almost everything that you wouldn’t as a child!! See – there’s hope for all of you out there with picky-eating children! (Still no green beans, though!)

    • March 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      You’re so funny, Mom!! Love you! And nope, still no green beans for me. 🙂

  • Mary h
    March 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Can’t wait for the egg rolls!

  • March 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    But what if you fried the green beans (like, tempura style) and *then* dipped them in blue cheese? Or ranch? I kid. Mostly 🙂 A good blue cheese dressing is hard to find – one of my favorite places to eat is this totally unremarkable burger bar/grill place but it’s my favorite because they have THE most amazing blue cheese dressing – thick, chunky, and perfect.

  • March 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I good blue cheese dressing is hard to come by. This sounds PERFECT!

  • March 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I made this (minus the chives) for our dinner salad tonight and it came out great! It was a great way to use up extra buttermilk I had on hand.

  • taraliptak
    February 6, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    That’s exactly how I feel! Too funny!