Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

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Homemade creamy blue cheese dressing made with yogurt is a lightened up version of this classic salad dressing. Delicious for salads, burgers, wings, and more.

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This homemade Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing recipe is rich, creamy, and super easy to make. Use it to dress your favorite salad or serve it alongside raw veggies as a tangy dipping sauce. You’ll never buy the store-bought kind again! 

Blue cheese dressing has always been one of my favorite go-to’s for salads, wings, and raw vegetables. It’s so incredibly versatile, so whether I’m in need of a quick salad dressing or a dipping sauce for appetizers at a party, I know that blue cheese dressing has got my back.

If you’ve been here before, then you know how much I love making healthier alternatives to my favorite store-bought dressings and sauces. This homemade Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing recipe comes together in under 5 minutes with just a few simple ingredients.

The result is beyond flavorful, ultra creamy, and provides the perfect guilt-free indulgence. I should probably apologize in advance. Once you try this recipe, store-bought blue cheese dressing will never taste the same again. It’s that good!

Whether you’re looking for healthier salad dressing recipes or dipping sauce recipes for your next dinner party, this rich and tangy blue cheese dressing is just what you need. It pairs beautifully with so many different foods, so you can get creative and have fun with it! Try this recipe out for yourself and let me know what you decide to pair it with. This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is one of my favorite options,

Blue cheese dressing made with yogurt in a glass jar with blue cheese crumbles and raw cut vegetables.

What is Blue Cheese?

While blue cheese can range in density from creamy to crumbly and in flavor from subtle to pungent, there is one thing that is always consistent. It’s blue. So, why is blue cheese blue? The blue-ish veins or spots in blue cheese come from the cultures of a mold called Penicillium.

This mold is added to the cheese curds after they have been drained and is then left to age for 2-3 months. During this time, the exposure of oxygen causes the blue mold to grow and spread throughout the cheese. It sounds a little scary, but this type of mold is perfectly safe to consume. It’s also what gives blue cheese its signature aroma and flavor.

What You’ll Need to Make Blue Cheese Dressing

The key ingredients you will need for this tangy dish include:

  • Yogurt: I use plain nonfat yogurt for this recipe, but you could also use plain Greek yogurt if you prefer that instead.
  • Buttermilk: If you can’t find buttermilk, you can use sour cream or mix a buttermilk powder with water. Alternatively, you could make your own substitute using one cup of milk and one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.
  • Blue cheese crumbles: The most important part of our dressing! This is what gives it the rich, tangy flavors and creamy texture.
  • Garlic powder: I prefer garlic powder for a more mild garlic flavor here, but if you want a more intense garlic flavor you can use minced garlic cloves instead.
  • Chives: Dried chives work fine in this recipe, but you can use fresh chives if you prefer them.

What to Serve With This Dish

This homemade blue cheese dressing pairs wonderfully with a variety of different foods. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy this dish:

  • As a salad dressing for a pasta salad, potato salad, or green salad
  • Spread onto a wrap or sandwich
  • Served alongside raw vegetables, chicken wings, or buffalo cauliflower bites as a dipping sauce
  • Drizzled over top of a pizza, buffalo-style tacos, or stuffed baked potatoes.
  • Dolloped on top of a burger or steak

Recipe Ideas and Substitution Tips

These are some of my favorite serving styles and substitutions for this dish:

  • For a more intense garlic flavor, you can substitute the garlic powder for minced garlic cloves.
  • If you can’t find crumbled blue cheese at the store, you can buy the kind that comes in a big chunk and crumble it into smaller pieces yourself.
  • Don’t have buttermilk at home? No problem. You can use sour cream instead or make your own buttermilk substitute by mixing a cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. If you opt for the latter, make sure to let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before using it in the recipe.
  • If you want to add a little heat, add in a few drops of your favorite hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

How to Store This Dish

This dish can be stored in the fridge in an airtight bag or container for up to one week. I do not recommend freezing it, as it’s a dairy-based dressing and will separate in the freezer. To avoid thawing it out and discovering a clumpy, runny dressing that tastes a bit off, I would stick to keeping it in the fridge and making more as needed.

Creamy blue cheese salad dressing with raw vegetables on the side and blue cheese crumbles on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this vibrant dish:

Can you freeze salad dressing?

No, I wouldn’t recommend it. Dairy-based dressings like this one tend to separate when frozen, meaning they end up turning into a runny and clumpy mess. For the best results, refrain from freezing the dressing and just whip up a new batch when you need more.

How long does homemade blue cheese dressing last?

Homemade blue cheese dressing will keep in the fridge for up to one week, as long as it’s stored in an airtight bag or container.

What can I use instead of buttermilk?

You can use sour cream, buttermilk powder mixed with water, or a homemade buttermilk substitute. A homemade version can be easily made by mixing one cup of milk (preferably 2%) with one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. If you make your own, make sure to let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before using it in the recipe.

Yogurt dressing with blue cheese, garlic, and chives in a small glass jar served with carrots, broccoli, and peppers.

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The Recipe
Yogurt blue cheese dressing with crumbled blue cheese in a glass bowl with raw vegetables on the side.

Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

COOK TIME: 1 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 1 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

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Combine everything in a small container. Taste and season as needed.

Ingredients for blue cheese salad dressing in a glass bowl with a spoon.

Refrigerate for one hour or more before serving for blue cheese flavors to combine.

Mixed blue cheese yogurt dressing in a glass bowl with blue cheese crumbles on top.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2.5 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 46
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 144mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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