This easy Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing is slimmed down and perfect for salads or dipping. It's tangy and light with just the right amount of blue cheese flavor.
If you are a blue cheese dressing lover, this recipe is for you. Regular blue cheese dressing is packed with calories making it not the best option when on a healthy eating or weight loss plan. This homemade dressing is a perfect solution. Made from wholesome ingredients, it's really fast and easy to make yourself.
Blue cheese fans will agree it has that perfect creamy element that does delicious double duty for green salad (or a favorite wedge salad) and for vegetable dips. Making your own blue cheese dressing is satisfying and a good choice instead of the bottled stuff.
We believe this is the best blue cheese dressing for the delicious flavor, simple ingredients and huge calorie savings! Try our classic Green Goddess dressing too (way slimmed down of course)!
What makes this skinny?
Regular blue cheese dressing has aproximately 75 calories in 1 tablespoon. Our homemade version has 19 calories in 1 tablespoon, 38 calories for a 2 tablespoon serving.
We dumped the usual mayonnaise, heavy cream and high fat sour cream for this easy recipe. Using non-fat Greek yogurt creates a great consistency and gives tangy flavor with fewer calories. Reduced fat buttermilk blends the dressing into a creamy texture and also adds some tang.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Blue cheese crumbles. You'll need ¾ cup and can buy the blue cheese already crumbled which is a great time saver. You'll find them in a small plastic container with the other cheese at the grocery store. If you buy a wedge of blue cheese instead be sure to break it into very small pieces.
Reduced fat blue cheese crumbles may also be used for further calorie savings. They are not as easy to find in the grocery store so the nutritional info for this recipe is based on regular blue cheese crumbles.
Non fat plain Greek yogurt. This thick tangy yogurt is perfect for making thicker dressings or sauces. We love Chobani brand. It has a wonderful texture and flavor. Any plain non-fat Greek yogurt brand will work.
Reduced fat buttermilk. Buttermilk adds to the tangy flavor and creamy consistency. Be sure to use reduced fat.
How to make Skinny Blue Cheese Dressing - Step-by-Step
STEP 1. Mix together
In a mixing bowl combine the Greek yogurt with the blue cheese. Roughly mash the blue cheese with the back of a spoon or fork to incorporate it with the Greek yogurt (photos 1-2).
Add the apple cider vinegar and garlic powder (photos 3-4) and stir to combine.
Slowly pour in the buttermilk while mixing (photo 5) to fully combine (photo 6). Add salt and/or black pepper to taste if desired.
STEP 2. Chill
Transfer to a jar, seal and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Add some fresh herbs. To change the flavor up a bit stir in some chopped fresh dill, chives or fresh parsley.
Want it smooth? After making the dressing use and immersion blender to make it smoother.
Want a homemade chunky blue cheese dressing? Start with a wedge of blue cheese from the grocery store and break it into pieces yourself. You can control the size of the pieces and make the perfect blue cheese dressing for YOU!
How to Use it
This delicious blue cheese dressing recipe is perfect on everything from a classic wedge salad to using it as a dipping sauce.
- For dipping on a vegetable platter
- Great with our Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- On chicken wings, cauliflower wings or buffalo wings
Chill dressing before using. The flavor and consistency of the dressing is best after chilling at least 2 hours. It allows time for the flavors to blend together and the dressing to thicken.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several different kinds of blue cheese ranging from mild flavor to those with stronger flavor. Any blue cheese will work but if you like a stronger cheese go for a sheep's milk Roquefort from France or cow's milk Gorgonzola (from Italy). These are good for a chunkier dressing.
Danish Blue Cheese is also popular. Ask for samples from the cheese department of your grocery store to find which one you love!
How to Store
Store in an airtight container (a sealed jar is perfect) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Skinny Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
- ¾ cups blue cheese crumbles
- 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt we recommend Chobani brand
- 1 ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ⅓ cup reduced fat buttermilk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: ½ teaspoon dried dill
- In a bowl combine the Greek yogurt with the blue cheese. Roughly mash the blue cheese with the back of a spoon or fork to incorporate it with the Greek yogurt.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and garlic powder and stir to combine.
- Slowly pour in the buttermilk while mixing. Stir the dressing to fully combine. Season with kosher salt and/or black pepper to taste.
- Transfer to a jar, seal and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. We recommend chilling for 2 hours before using after making for best flavor and texture.
Louise Cayzer says
This dressing is going on EVERYTHING at the moment. My salads have never been tastier!
I am loving this dressing on my salads!
I made this blue cheese dressing recipe yesterday and it turns out perfect. They definitely work in dipping chicken too.
I am a bleu cheese fanatic, and have been looking for a lightened up blue cheese dressing. This was amazing! I will be making this again and again. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
This is my favourite dressing and I love that you have made it lighter!
Farah Abumaizar says
This looks so good and simple to make! I bet it tastes so much better than storebought dressings, can't wait to try it out!
Jamie N. says
This dressing was the perfect addition to my veggie plate! Great flavor!
This is the best homemade blue cheese dressing! Absolutely delicious!
This dressing was sooo yummy! I wasn't sure I was going to like it but ended up loving it!!
wow! I thought that this might have a different flavor, but it tastes just as amazing, if not better than store bought blue cheese dressing! thank you for sharing this recipe
What a delicious dressing. Do you think I can use full-fat milk here instead of buttermilk? I'm making this tonight for sure.
Toni Dash says
The buttermilk adds flavor and tanginess that regular milk would not. I would really recommend making the recipe with buttermilk.
This dressing is so much better than any of the store-bought blue cheese dressings I have tried AND it's so easy to prepare. I plan to have some on hand at all times as I eat a lot of salads and blue cheese is my favorite. Thanks so much!
Kayla DiMaggio says
Loving this blue cheese dressing! It is perfect as we are approaching Springtime!
Wow! can't wait to try this Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing on our salad and tacos.:) It looks light and yummy. Thanks much!:)
Homemade dressing is the best. You can whip it up fresh when you need it. This is delicious.