A creamy and indulgent salad dressing which is typically American, blue cheese salad dressing incorporates the strong taste of crumbled blue cheese with the mellowing influence of buttermilk. While many prefer to use the bottled store-bought variety, a homemade version can be far more flavourful and delicious, in addition to being easy to make.
The taste of the dressing can be quite powerful, so if you’ve never had blue cheese before, make sure you get a taste of it beforehand, to know what you’re getting into. In addition to using this as a salad dressing, you can also try it out as a creamy dipping sauce for wings, or raw vegetables.
Preparation Time: 6-8 minutes
Serving Size: Makes 1 1/2 c. dressing
- 1 c. blue cheese
- 2/3 c. buttermilk
- 2 tsp. champagne vinegar
- 1 tsp. cracked black pepper - coarsely cracked
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- A blender
To begin, pour the buttermilk into a blender, and add in the black pepper, mustard, and half the cheese. Process this for a couple of seconds, until everything is well blended and the consistency is creamy and smooth.
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Keep the blender running, and pour in the champagne vinegar. Once this is done, turn the blender off.
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Next, take a medium-sized bowl, and crumble the remainder of the blue cheese into this. Pour the mixture from the blender all over the crumbled cheese.
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Stir this together – remember, the charm of blue cheese dressing is that is it creamy and chunky at the same time, so do not stir too vigorously, and keep the chunks of blue cheese intact.
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Finally, taste the dressing. Adjust the seasonings – add salt if you desire, pour in some more vinegar or lemon juice if you want it to be tangier, or add some buttermilk if you find it too thick and wish to thin it out some more.
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Chill the dressing in the refrigerator, and then pour it over your favourite salad to enjoy.
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