Blue Cheese Dressing – My Mother’s Secret Recipe

This is the dressing my mother used to make and is very simple.
Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Salad with Blue Cheese DressingThis was my mother’s secret recipe for Blue Cheese Dressing.  Why do I say secret?  I say secret because she used an ingredient most people who never think to put in dressing.  Read on and you will find out what that ingredient is.

My mother used to make this dressing on special occasions. I would stand there hoping I would get a little nibble of cheese.  If I had been really, really good, I got one. Blue cheese was expensive, and it came already crumbled.  Most of it was dried out, so my mother was very picky about what pieces went into her dressing.  Truthfully, I think I was the one who got the dried out pieces.

This is no longer an issue.  You can get a half a pound block of cheese usually for less than the crumbled variety.  Blue cheese is great on or stuffed in burgers, on a cracker, or my favorite, on a slice of Barbari bread.

It’s also not a problem if the cheese doesn’t come crumbled, a small food processor does a fine job of crumbling and mixing the dressing for you. I can recommend the Braun Food Processor, available on Amazon, that has a small bowl that fits into the big one.  Cuisinart also makes a small processor, as well as a host of others.

Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

This is the dressing my mother used to make and is very simple.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Resting Time in the Fridge: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal


  • 2 tablespoon Blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 3 drops Angostura Bitters
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small food processor, or bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Put it in the refrigerator to keep it cool and let flavors develop further - about 5 minutes.


Be careful with the bitters. Too much, and it will not taste right.


Nutrition Facts
Blue Cheese Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

Have you figured out what the secret ingredient is? It’s Angostura Bitters. You can find them in the liquor section of the supermarket.  Do they have alcohol?  Yes, but it’s a tiny amount and not for drinking, just enough to keep it fresh.

Blue Cheese Dressing - My Mother's Secret Recipe

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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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