Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing


You'll never want the bottled stuff again.

Southern Living Blue Cheese Dressing on a salad

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
2/3 cup

Blue cheese dressing has its detractors—not everyone likes like the funky, creamy sauce—but it has loads and loads of loyal fans, too. And for those people, homemade blue cheese dressing is a golden-star sauce.

Unlike bottled blue cheese dressing, the homemade variety is easy to adjust to your flavor preferences. You can use your favorite blue cheese, too.

You can also adjust the consistency based on how you plan to use the dressing. For salads, you might want to add some milk or buttermilk to make it thinner, more easily drizzled. But if you're planning to use this blue cheese dressing for dipping chicken wings or vegetables, make it as thick and chunky as you want.

What Is Blue Cheese Dressing Made Of?

We're keeping this homemade blue cheese dressing classic so that it's not difficult to make and so you're able to really taste the blue cheese.

For this recipe, you'll need:

  • Sour cream and mayonnaise: Salad dressings made with mayo only are usually too thick and difficult to drizzle. Mayonnaise is also very rich. Thin it out and lighten it up with a bit of sour cream. You can also add some buttermilk if you want a thinner dressing.
  • Blue cheese: You can't have blue cheese dressing without blue cheese. Go for your favorite, or pick one with bite and and a rich creaminess, like Maytag or Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue.
  • Lemon juice: The tart lemon juice will balance the "funk" of the blue cheese.
  • Salt and pepper: Standard in recipes, of course, but you can also adjust if you like a more pepper-y dressing.
  • Garlic powder and and cayenne pepper: The seasonings help balance out the flavors of the blue cheese.
Southern Living Blue Cheese Dressing ingredients

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

How To Make Blue Cheese Dressing

The full recipe is blow, but here's a brief outline.

  • Combine ingredients: If you like chunky blue cheese dressing, you can leave the pieces large. If you want more cheese spread throughout the dressing, use your fork or spatula as you mix the ingredients to gently smash and separate the larger cheese pieces.
  • Chill: Before the blue cheese dressing is ready to enjoy, you should let it sit and chill for a while. This will also help the flavors of the dressing develop.
Southern Living Blue Cheese Dressing in a bowl ready to serve

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How To Use Blue Cheese Dressing

Obviously this creamy salad dressing is perfect for salads, but the options are nearly as endless as your imagination.

Serve blue cheese dressing as a dip for crudités. Use this dressing (thinned with a little buttermilk) instead of coleslaw dressing. Serve it with chicken wings and celery.

You can also slather this dressing on a burger or sandwich for a hit of tangy cheesiness.

Here are three recipes that call for blue cheese dressing:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long can you keep homemade blue cheese dressing?

    Homemade salad dressing won't last as long as the bottled kinds, but you can store this dressing up to 1 week in the fridge. Just be sure it's in an airtight container.

  • Why does my homemade blue cheese dressing get watery?

    As blue cheese dressing sits, the water in the sour cream can begin to separate. That's natural. Just stir the dressing before you spoon it onto the salad or sandwich.

  • Can I freeze homemade blue cheese dressing?

    You can, but the results after it's thawed might not be great. The dairy in the recipe (namely, the mayo and sour cream) may separate and cause a watery, gritty texture. This recipe makes a small batch of dressing, so hopefully you can enjoy it all quickly and not need to freeze leftovers.


  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 oz.)

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • Pinch salt

  • Pinch black pepper

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

  • Pinch garlic powder


  1. Combine ingredients:

    Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, crumbled blue cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

    Southern Living Blue Cheese Dressing ingredients in a bowl

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Stir together until evenly combined.

    Southern Living Blue Cheese Dressing stirring together the dressing

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Test Kitchen Tip

    For a smooth blue cheese dressing, you can combine the ingredients in a food processor with an extra tablespoon of milk or buttermilk. Process until you reach your desired consistency.

  2. Chill and store:

    Keep refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    blue cheese salad dressing

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Additional reporting by
Kimberly Holland
Kimberly Holland
Kimberly Holland is a writer and editor with 15 years of experience in food, lifestyle, health, and nutrition content. She has been published in Southern Living, Real Simple, Allrecipes, EatingWell, Cooking Light, and other publications.
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