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When you crave that creamy, tangy, and oh-so-delicious blue cheese dressing but don’t need a lot of it, our small batch recipe comes to the rescue. Perfectly tailored to serve one or two people, this homemade blue cheese dressing offers a burst of flavor with every bite. Ideal for salads, as a dip, or even a zesty marinade, this small batch recipe is a culinary gem that you can whip up in just minutes.

Looking for more small batch dressing recipes? You’ll love our creamy Goat Cheese Dressing, classic Ranch Dressing, tangy Caesar Salad Dressing, and lightly sweetened Poppy Seed Dressing recipes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simplicity: Just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes are all you need.
  • Versatility: Great as a dressing, a dip, or even a marinade.
  • Small Batch: Perfectly portioned for small households or single servings.
  • Doubles Well: Need more? This recipe easily doubles for larger gatherings.
  • Full of Flavor: This isn’t your average store-bought dressing; it’s bursting with robust blue cheese goodness.

What Is Blue Cheese Dressing?

Blue cheese dressing is a highly favored condiment often used as a salad dressing or dip. It’s characterized by its rich, creamy texture and the robust, slightly tangy flavor of blue cheese. Known for its blue veins and bold taste, blue cheese elevates the dressing, making it a go-to option for those who love bold flavors.

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Ingredients And Substitutions

  • Blue Cheese: The star of this dressing, blue cheese brings the robust flavor. You can also use French Roquefort or Gorgonzola. Adjust the crumble size to control the texture of your dressing. If you’ve blue cheese leftover from this dressing recipe, consider using it in single serving Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and Baked Buffalo Chicken.
  • Sour cream: Whether full-fat or low-fat, sour cream adds a layer of tartness that balances the richness of the blue cheese. Leftover sour cream can be used in a Mexican Street Corn Salad, Hashbrown Casserole, and a small batch of Corn Muffins.
  • Heavy cream: Also known as double cream, heavy whipping cream can be used as well. If unavailable, full-fat milk or half-and-half are suitable substitutes. Any leftover heavy cream can be used in Chicken Tikka Masala, Lasagna Soup, and a small White Cake.
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is my go-to due to its minimal processing and high-quality taste profile. However, if you prefer a milder flavor, a lighter olive oil will work.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh or bottled, lemon juice contributes zesty notes. For an alternative tang, try lime juice.
  • Salt and black pepper: These seasonings are adjustable to taste. Don’t hesitate to use more or less depending on your flavor preferences.

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this Blue Cheese Dressing recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

Recipe Variations

The best thing about this blue cheese dressing is its versatility. Want to switch things up? Here are some mouthwatering variations you can try:

  • Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing: Replace the heavy cream with buttermilk. This will give your dressing a tangier kick and a slightly thinner consistency, ideal for drizzling over salads.
  • Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing: Substitute the sour cream for Greek yogurt. You’ll end up with a protein-rich dressing that maintains the creamy texture we all love in a good blue cheese dressing.
  • Blue Cheese Vinaigrette: Swap out the creamy base for a mix of olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. This creates a lighter dressing that pairs superbly with hearty greens.
  • Spicy Blue Cheese Dressing: Craving some heat? Add a dash of hot sauce or some diced jalapeños to the mix. This spiced-up version is especially good for dipping wings.
  • Herbed Blue Cheese Dressing: Stir in fresh herbs like dill, chives, or parsley for a flavor-packed, herbaceous twist. It’s an excellent choice for both dipping and drizzling.
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Serving Suggestions

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic salad or looking to up your appetizer game, this blue cheese dressing is your go-to. Here are some ideas to incorporate it into your next meal:

  • Cobb Salad: Drizzle this creamy blue cheese dressing over a fresh salad. It’s a game-changer for leafy greens and an excellent way to elevate a simple garden salad.
  • Baked Chicken Wings: Take your wing game to the next level by using this blue cheese dressing as a rich and tangy dipping sauce. It’s the perfect counterpart to spicy or barbecue-flavored wings.
  • Hamburger Dressing: Smear a generous amount on your sandwich or burger for a creamy, flavorful upgrade. It works especially well with grilled meats and hearty vegetable toppings.
  • Southwest Wrap: Don’t limit this dressing to traditional uses; add a spoonful to your favorite wrap or beef taco. It brings a creamy, tangy element that balances out the flavors beautifully.

Expert Tips

  • Double Up: This blue cheese dressing recipe is easily scalable. Feel free to double the quantities if you’re in need of extra dressing.
  • Quality Matters: Opt for a high-quality block of blue cheese over pre-packaged crumbles. Blocks usually offer better moisture, leading to a creamier end result in your dressing.
  • Season to Taste: Don’t hesitate to tweak the salt and pepper levels after mixing. Customizing the seasoning will ensure the dressing perfectly suits your palate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an alternative to blue cheese?

You can certainly opt for a different cheese, but remember that blue cheese is the star ingredient providing the distinct flavor. If blue cheese isn’t your thing, try Roquefort, Gorgonzola, or Stilton as these are closely related in the blue cheese family and will offer a similar taste profile.

How long does blue cheese dressing last in the fridge?

Up to one week in an airtight container. If the dressing separates, simply give it a good stir before using it again.

How versatile is this blue cheese dressing?

This dressing isn’t just for salads! Feel free to use it as a delightful dip for veggies or wings, slather it on burgers and sandwiches, or even pour it over grilled meats. Its creamy, rich, and tangy notes make it a versatile addition to a variety of dishes.

Can I use buttermilk instead of sour cream in this blue cheese dressing recipe?

Yes, but it will result in a thinner consistency.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Small Batch Blue Cheese Dressing

5 from 19 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Small Batch Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, creamy and easy to make. Perfect for salads or to use as a dip. The ideal amount if you're cooking for one.

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 3 ounces blue cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
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Instructions 

  • Mash half of the blue cheese with the back of a fork in a small bowl.  Add the sour cream, heavy cream, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and mix until completely combined.
  • Add the remainder of the blue cheese and mix gently.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Notes

  • Double Up: This blue cheese dressing recipe is easily scalable. Feel free to double the quantities if you’re in need of extra dressing.
  • Quality Matters: Opt for a high-quality block of blue cheese over pre-packaged crumbles. Blocks usually offer better moisture, leading to a creamier end result in your dressing.
  • Season to Taste: Don’t hesitate to tweak the salt and pepper levels after mixing. Customizing the seasoning will ensure the dressing perfectly suits your palate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 402mg, Potassium: 74mg, Vitamin A: 360IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 133mg, Iron: 0.1mg

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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  1. Carol Ling says:

    How long will the blue cheese dressing keep, covered in the fridge please.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Up to one week in an airtight container. If the dressing separates, simply give it a good stir before using it again.