Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing



I'm a bit of a salad dressing hoarder. It drives my husband crazy. At one time I've been known to have up to ten dressings in our fridge. The problem is, I always want a light dressing, but it's usually rare that I actually like it enough to eat it again and again. So I finally decided to make my own.

Enter angels, or a great white light, or whatever it is that signifies a life changing moment.

Seriously, after all these years, I've finally found a light dressing that makes me excited to eat a salad again, and they're so easy! I only have to look as far as what's already in my fridge or pantry, and it's not as full of all the chemicals and preservatives that might be in regular dressing.

I made this after having a nice hunk of Stilton left in my fridge from Christmas. The great thing about having such a strong flavored cheese is that a little goes a long way, and did it ever. This dressing had the wonderful pungency of blue cheese, as well as the nice tang you get in a dressing. It was chunky, it was creamy, and you would never guess that you were eating something light. Give it a try, you might never buy it out of a bottle again!



Blue Cheese Dressing

America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

Ingredients

1/4 cup crumbled strongly flavored blue cheese, such as Roquefort or Stilton
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup lowfat sour cream
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Mash the blue cheese and buttermilk together with a fork in a bowl until the mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

Per 2 Tablespoons: 45cal, 3g fat, 1g carb, 1g prot, 0g fiber

19 comments:

The Chef In My Head said...

I just found your blog and love it! It was the blue cheese that brought me here. My husband and I both love it. Thank you so much for sharing, I'm headed to my kitchen right now to make this!
~Leslie

Ann said...

That dressing sounds so good. I could almost taste it while I read your post. I really want to make this delicious dressing!

Holly said...

This sounds really good! Easy too*bonus!!lol

Tracy said...

This sounds delicious, yum!

Shelby said...

I LOVE homemade creamy dressings!

Pam said...

YUM! I am excited to try this one... I love blue cheese dressing.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this dressing sounds amazing and homemade must be so so good

Liz said...

I adore blue cheese dressing, this looks great!

sara cardon said...

I feel like I'm reading my innermost thoughts on dressing!! My guilty pleasure is the Lighthouse Chunky Blue Cheese, but it's SO terrible for you, and you have officially just saved my wasitline from despair. I LOVE YOU!!!!!

ARLENE said...

I am definitely going to try this dressing. I'm the same way with light dressings--rarely do I find one that I like. Most taste artificially sweet, so I'm back to vinegar and oil. But no more!

Cathy said...

Homemade salad dressings are the only way to go. I love your slimmed down version of one of my favorites.

Velva said...

Teresa, there is nothing better than a fresh homemade salad dressing. A fresh blue cheese dressing just rocks my salad world. Beautiful.

Velva

mybizzykitchen.com said...

I have that cookbook on hold at my library - can't wait to get it!

And blue cheese is my hubs favorite dressing - thanks!

And thanks for your kind words on yesterdays posts - it means a lot! :D

Mary said...

This sounds wonderful. I agree that homemade is the way to go. Your dressing looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Erica said...

I'm going to send this to my MIL who loves blue cheese! Actually, my Dad loves it too! This may be going to multiple people ;)

Indie.Tea said...

I've never liked salad dressing - until last year, when I started making my own (same goes for aioli/mayo). My favorites so far are meyer lemon, and raspberry...
But I love cheese, so I'm bound to adore your blue cheese dressing :)

Brownieville Girl said...

Looking forward to trying this dressing soon, it sounds delicious!

Thanks.

Chris said...

We almost never buy store bought ones anymore. Ones like these just taste SOOOOO much better.

Kristen said...

this sounds like something I would love - thanks for