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Get ready to elevate your salads with our delicious Small Batch Goat Cheese Dressing. Blending tangy goat cheese with creamy mayonnaise, balanced by white wine vinegar and olive oil, it’s a flavor revolution. Ready in seconds with a blender or food processor, it’s ideal for one or two, making about a half-cup. Perfect for salads or sandwiches, this homemade goat cheese salad dressing offers a freshness you won’t find in store-bought options.

Looking for more small batch dressings? Try our rich and tangy Blue Cheese Dressing, sweet and light Poppy Seed Dressing, creamy Ranch is a great choice, classic Caesar for robust salads, or the unique Blueberry Vinaigrette found in our Avocado Salad for a fruity twist. Each adds a special touch to your salads!

Why You’ll Love This Goat Cheese Salad Dressing

  1. Quick and Easy: Ready in seconds, it’s perfect for busy days.
  2. Fresh and Homemade: No additives or preservatives, just pure, natural flavors.
  3. Versatile: Great on salads, sandwiches, and more.
  4. Small Batch Size: Ideal for one or two, ensuring no waste.
  5. Rich and Flavorful: Offers a deeper flavor compared to store-bought dressings.

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Ingredients

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  • Goat Cheese: The star of the show, goat cheese provides a unique tangy and creamy flavor. It blends well with other ingredients, giving the dressing its distinctive taste. Consider using leftover goat cheese in a Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Crustless Quiche.
  • Water: Used to adjust the consistency of the dressing. Adding a bit of water can help thin the dressing if it’s too thick after blending.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds creaminess and helps to balance the tanginess of the goat cheese. Full-fat mayonnaise is recommended for a richer flavor, but a light version can be used for a healthier option. Although mayo is a kitchen staple, we use it in many of our single serving and small batch recipes like Macaroni Salad, Mexican Corn Dip, and Crab Cakes.
  • White Wine Vinegar: This brings a bright, acidic element to the dressing, complementing the goat cheese’s tang. You can substitute it with apple cider vinegar for a slightly different, but still delicious, flavor profile. Consider using leftover vinegar in Broccoli Salad or Cucumber Salad.
  • Olive Oil: Gives the dressing a smooth texture and adds a hint of fruity flavor. Extra virgin olive oil is preferred for its quality and taste.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavors of the dressing. It’s best to add a little at a time and adjust according to your taste preference.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a subtle spicy kick. Freshly ground black pepper is ideal for the best flavor.

Recipe Variations

Goat cheese dressing is versatile! Try these variations:

  • Herb Infused: Mix in fresh herbs like dill or basil.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a dash of hot sauce or crushed red pepper.
  • Garlic Flavored: Stir in minced garlic for extra zing.
  • Lemon Zest: Add a bit of lemon zest for a citrusy note.
  • Creamier Texture: Blend in some Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
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A salad of broccoli florets, smoked salmon, arugula, and cherry tomatoes topped with goat cheese dressing.

Expert Tips

  • Blending for Smoothness: For the creamiest texture, blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Adjusting Thickness: If the dressing is too thick, add a little more olive oil or vinegar to thin it out.
  • Taste and Tweak: Always taste your dressing and adjust the seasoning as needed.

What To Serve With Goat Cheese Dressing

This Goat Cheese Dressing isn’t just for salads. Here’s how you can enjoy it:

  • Green Salads: Drizzle it over your favorite mixed greens or a Cobb Salad.
  • Sandwich Spread: Use it as a creamy spread for sandwiches or wraps.
  • Vegetable Dip: Perfect as a dip for raw veggies.
  • Pasta Salad: Mix it into your pasta salad for a tangy twist.
  • Over Veggies: Drizzle over roasted Brussels sprouts for added flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make goat cheese salad dressing without a blender or food processor?

Yes, just whisk the ingredients in a bowl until smooth.

How long does goat cheese dressing last in the fridge?

It’s best used within a few days.

Is goat cheese similar to feta?

Goat cheese and feta, while similar in some aspects, have distinct characteristics. Both cheeses have a tangy taste, but goat cheese is generally milder and sometimes sweeter, whereas feta, often made from sheep’s milk or a blend of sheep and goat’s milk, is sharper and saltier. Texture-wise, goat cheese is usually softer and creamier, while feta is firmer and more crumbly due to its brine aging process. They can be interchangeable in recipes to some extent, but their unique flavors and textures will impart different qualities to the dish.

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Small Batch Goat Cheese Dressing

4.72 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Whip up this fresh, tangy small batch goat cheese salad dressing in seconds! Perfect for enhancing salads and sandwiches with gourmet flavor.

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
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Instructions 

  • Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth or whisk together the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until mostly smooth.

Notes

  • Blending for Smoothness: For the creamiest texture, blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Adjusting Thickness: If the dressing is too thick, add a little more olive oil or vinegar to thin it out.
  • Taste and Tweak: Always taste your dressing and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 64kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.01g, Protein: 2.64g, Fat: 6.05g, Saturated Fat: 2.51g, Cholesterol: 7.25mg, Sodium: 63.69mg, Sugar: 0.16g, Vitamin A: 146.43IU, Calcium: 19.84mg, Iron: 0.27mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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5 Comments

  1. DeAnna says:

    I had had the dressing at a very nice restaurant and wanted to replicate it. This recipe was spot on. Thank you for sharing. Easy and delicious.

  2. Lavonne says:

    Hi Joanie. We have had triple digit weather for over a week and I eat a lot of salads in the summer. Anything to avoid the oven and stovetop. Tried this today. Yummy! ❤ I tweeked it with some fresh dill and shallot. Next time and there will be a next time, I want to try greek yogurt instead of mayo and maybe a little fresh garlic. Should be great with my main dish salad tonight topped with chicken. Thanks Joanie! Another great recipe.🥰😎

  3. Mizz P says:

    Very good “as is” recipe! Just made it using one of those little goat cheese logs from the deli section at the grocery store – Mmm, good and not too tart! Looking forward to trying it with maybe herbed goat cheese log or a strawberry-infused vinegar. Bookmarking this one!

  4. Meagen Brosius says:

    Such a delicious recipe and SO easy! I love making dressings at home and this one did not disappoint! Yum!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Why have I never thought of this? I love goat cheese so I bet this is amazing!