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Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy and delightfully chunky with crumbles of tangy blue cheese, our easy homemade blue cheese dressing recipe transforms a simple green salad into a total indulgence, and (bonus!) doubles as a dip.


Homemade blue cheese dressing in a jar with a spoon.

What is Blue Cheese?

Funky, tangy and (yes) moldy, blue cheese can be an acquired taste. But once acquired, for many of us, the taste of blue cheese is something we can’t get enough of! We put it on burgers, crumble it over salads and eat chunks of it sliced straight from the wedge. And oh, yeah—the best blue cheese recipe of all—we make blue cheese dressing with it, too. But what exactly is the definition of blue cheese?

Blue cheeses—sometimes labeled bleu cheese, usually referring to a French bleu like Roquefort, or Bleu d'Auvergne—are so called because of the blue color of the mold that defines their blue-green marbled appearance. The mold was originally a naturally-occurring feature of these unique cheeses, but modern cheesemakers intentionally inoculate their cheese with mold—usually penicillium roqueforti or P. glaucum—to achieve the desired viening or marbling.

Ingredients laid out for blue cheese dressing.

How to Buy Blue Cheese

Our easy blue cheese dressing recipe is a little chunky—we like to have tangy, creamy pieces of blue cheese in each bite—so look for a relatively hard blue cheese that will crumble easily. You can also buy blue cheese crumbles, and save yourself some time. However, if you’d like to spring for a hunk of something special, here are three classic blue cheeses to try:

  • Roquefort: production of this famous French blue cheese can be traced back to at least the 9th century, and probably even longer. Made from sheep’s milk cheese, Roquefort is creamy and almost fudgy in texture, but crumble or cut it up into this blue cheese dressing and you’ll be rewarded for your messy labors with an ultra-delicious, show-stopping blue cheese dip or dressing.
  • Gorgonzola: hailing from Northern Italy, this lovely blue cheese is commonly available in either dolce or piccante—dolce is younger and creamier cheese, whereas a cheese labeled Gorgonzola piccante is aged a bit and will be better for crumbling.
  • Stilton: one of the great cheeses of England, which is saying a lot, because the U.K. is home to many great cheeses. Stilton is sharp, salty, mineral-y and has a milder funk than many of its blue (or bleu) counterparts. It crumbles beautifully, too.
ingredients for blue cheese dressing in a glass bowl
homemade blue cheese dressing in a bowl with a spoon

How To Make Blue Cheese Dressing:

How homemade blue cheese dressing—something so simple to make—became a salad dressing that people seem to only order in restaurants or buy pre-made we can’t understand. Once you’ve made it yourself at home, there’s no going back. Our classic blue cheese dressing recipe will yield a dressing and dip that is immensely more flavorful than store bought, and rivals anything you’d taste in a restaurant. All you do is mix together:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Fresh chives
  • Heavy cream
  • Crumbled blue cheese.
homemade blue cheese dressing in a jar with a spoon

Tools You’ll Need:

  • A bowl for mixing.
  • Hands for crumbling blue cheese.

Dips, Dressings and Sauces, Oh My!

Now that you know how to make the best blue cheese dressing ever, you might just want to spruce up your other dip and sauce-making skills. Here are a few dip and dressing recipes we turn to again and again:

Homemade blue cheese dressing in a jar

Double Dip!

Will you serve this as a blue cheese sauce? A dressing? A dip? All three?! However you serve it, we’d love to hear about it! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Blue Cheese Dressing

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 349


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 4 oz blue cheese, crumbled


1. Blend all ingredients in a bowl. The flavor will develop the longer it sits.

*Keeps for up to 2 weeks refrigerated in an airtight container.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories349
  • Protein4 g
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Total Fat35 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol18 mg
  • sodium382 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Blue Cheese Dressing

Questions & Reviews

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  • Gloria

    What is the very best bleu cheese in salad dressing?????

    Any will do but nice quality from your deli is usually most delicious!

  • T

    Can you sub white vinegar with apple cider vinegar?

    That should work ok, hope you enjoy!

  • Lisa

    What if you don’t have heavy cream

    Regular milk should work fine in a pinch, maybe just start with 1/2 tablespoon and if it isn't too thin you can add the other 1/2 tablespoon. Hope you enjoy Lisa!

  • Regan

    The best blue cheese dressing recipe!!

    Thanks Regan! So happy you loved it!

  • Melissa

    YUM and EASY! Sadly, due to self-perceived skill/recipe intimidation, I was a blue cheese dressing-making virgin. But thanks to this recipe, I'm happy to report fear tackled!

    I used a good quality brick bleu cheese (not pre-crumbled) and added more worchestershire sauce (personal preference), but the recipe is perfect as written.

    NOTE: It does thickens as it refridgerates, so maybe keep an extra tablespoon of heavy cream (or whole milk, as I had to use) handy.

    Thanks Melissa, we are so glad you loved it! So proud you tackled and conquered a fear!

  • Jen

    2 Tbsp lemon juice made a VERY tart dressing. I made a second time with 1 Tbsp lemon juice and everyone agreed it was better. Really did get better after 2-3 days in fridge. Amazing to drizzle over wedge of lettuce. Definitely bookmarking this dressing.

    So glad you enjoyed it Jen. Happy to hear you could make it the way you enjoy best!

  • Amanda

    I'm super picky about bleu cheese dressing, and this is the best I've ever had. I never want to be without it!

    Thanks Amanda, so happy you love it!

  • Maria

    My family & I love this recipe 🤤 I used the Gorgonzola cheese & it was so creamy and delicious. Even my daughter who says she hates blue cheese, enjoyed it!

    WOW! Love to hear that Maria, we are so glad your family loves it!