Essential Summer Recipe: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Essential Summer Recipe: Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Anjali Prasertong
Jun 18, 2013

Last August, I spent a relaxing week vacationing on North Carolina's Outer Banks with a friend (and fellow personal chef) and our husbands. Away from our work kitchen and surrounded by fresh seafood and summer's best produce, cooking was a real joy instead of part of the daily grind. No complicated menus, no stress, just a week of straightforward, satisfying meals made from scratch. The vacation kitchen is where easy-to-memorize recipes like this classic blue cheese dressing really shine.

Having a basic creamy salad dressing at the ready makes it easy to turn out no-fuss summer vacation food that feels a little fancy. Tangy, creamy blue cheese dressing has a singular taste, but is actually quite versatile; you can use it for dipping crunchy vegetables, drizzling over fat heirloom tomato slices, or — my personal favorite — dressing ice-cold wedges of iceberg topped with chives and crispy bacon.

Made with sour cream, buttermilk and a little mayo, this recipe has a rich blue cheese taste and stays thick and creamy for up to a week in the refrigerator. I like using Maytag blue cheese for a classic, not-too-pungent flavor, but feel free to use more intense cheese, like Roquefort, if that's your thing. Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week and use it over the next several days to dress up all the good vegetables that make summer cooking such a joy, whether you're on vacation or in your own kitchen at home.

Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 4 ounces

    (about 1 heaping cup) blue cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup

    sour cream

  • 1/4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons


  • 2 tablespoons

    lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the cheese and sour cream until it forms a chunky paste about the consistency of cottage cheese. Stir in the buttermilk, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe Notes

For a thicker dressing to use as a dip, reduce the lemon juice to 1 tablespoon.

To make a wedge salad, slice a head of iceberg lettuce into 4 quarters. Trim away the core. Drizzle each quarter with 1-2 tablespoons blue cheese dressing and top with 1 teaspoon minced chives and 1 slice of bacon, crumbled.

(Images: Anjali Prasertong)

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