If you’re looking for a sweet dip recipe to end the night, make sure to include yogurt fruit dip alongside strawberry and pear slices as part of your Game Day spread.
One of my favorite game day recipes is this slow-baked chicken wings recipe. While it is delicious by itself, it is better when served with a dip that I can serve with vegetables on the side. This is how I ended up with this blue cheese dip recipe. It is your usual blue cheese dip but with a healthy twist! It’s creamy, tangy, crumbly, and savory, with just the right amount of heat and it does not include an ounce of sour cream. All the blue cheese lovers will go crazy for this one.
Why Should You Try This Recipe?
I love any recipe that allows the ingredients to shine. I know you’ll love it because:
- It requires only 8 simple ingredients – most of them already tucked inside your pantry and fridge.
- Healthy and high quality ingredients make a dip that will out beat any grocery store bought brand.
- One bowl and 5 minutes is all you need to have this easy dip recipe at the ready once party time comes along.
- It’s easily customizable to suit your tastes and can be made in small batches or doubled or tripled depending on how many guests you have coming over.
The ingredient list for this creamy blue cheese dip requires no sour cream and no buttermilk. Gather together plain yogurt, vegan or regular mayo, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, salt, black pepper, and blue cheese.
Ingredient Substitutions & Notes
- Yogurt: I originally made this recipe with fat-free plain yogurt, but have come to realize the taste and quality of full-fat yogurt is worth a few extra calories. Greek yogurt would make for an extra thick consistency but any plain (unsweetened) yogurt would work.
- Mayo: I prefer the taste of vegan mayo, but regular mayo works just as well. Light mayo doesn’t offer the same taste or consistency.
- Garlic: Use a teaspoon garlic powder or even onion powder if you’re in a pinch.
- Lemon Juice: Swap out the fresh lemon juice for fresh lime juice or apple cider vinegar.
- Hot Sauce: Omit the hot sauce completely or swap it out for another favorite, such as Frank’s or Cholula.
- Blue Cheese: Seek out a wedge of high-quality, crumbly blue cheese. A few different kinds of blue cheese include Gorgonzola, Maytag blue, Stilton, or Roquefort. Crumble it with your fingertips when you get home.
How to Make
I can assure you, this is the best blue cheese dressing recipe that will be ready before you can say, “party time.” And if you think you can not make a blue cheese dressing with no sour cream think again, because it is super easy:
- Prepare dip: Place yogurt, mayo, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce (if using), salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Give it a big stir. Add the blue cheese. Taste for additional salt and adjust if necessary.
- Store: Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and chill until you are ready to serve.
- Serve: Set out on a large platter alongside freshly cut vegetables, bread, chips, pretzels, or spicy buffalo wings.
This creamy, cooling and easy blue cheese dipping sauce work wonders with spicy hot chicken wings, but some of my other recommendations include:
- Freshly cut vegetables, like carrots, broccoli, celery sticks, tomatoes, and cauliflower or drizzle over a wedge salad
- Bread cubes, like pumpernickel, whole wheat, sourdough, or rye
- Chips, such as Kettle cooked, tortilla chips, or pita chips
- Pretzels of any shape and size
How to Make Ahead and Store
- Make Ahead Instructions: This veggie dip actually tastes better after chilling for a few hours in the fridge. Make it the night before or morning of, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge.
- Storage Instructions: To store leftover blue cheese dip, simply transfer to an airtight container and keep for up to 5 days.
A few additional ingredients can really make this blue cheese sauce one to call your own. Some of my favorites include:
- Herbs: Add a few tablespoons of freshly minced herbs, such as fresh parsley, dill, or chives.
- Bacon: Add up to ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon, reserving a few tablespoons for garnish.
- Onions: Whip up a batch of caramelized onion, finely chop, and stir right in with the remaining ingredients for a fun onion and blue cheese dip recipe.
- Use high quality ingredients. Since this recipe requires minimal ingredients, the type of blue cheese matters. Look for a northern Italy or imported blue cheese wedge for the best homemade dressing.
- Opt for full-fat everything. I used to make this dip with non-fat yogurt, but have come to appreciate the added texture and creaminess of full-fat. Go for full-fat mayo as well.
- Make at least a few hours or one day in advance. This allows for the ingredients to marry together, making the dip taste so much better.
- Adjust the quantity of blue cheese. Feel free to add more or less blue cheese crumbles depending on how much you like it.
- Make it a chunky or smooth dip. This makes a chunky blue cheese dip, with big chunks of cheese throughout. For a smoother consistency, mash the blue cheese with the back of a fork in a separate bowl before adding to the yogurt mixture or whiz it all together in a food processor.
It is the perfect balance of creamy, cooling, tangy, sharp, and spicy. Give it a stronger flavor with more blue cheese or turn down the spice with less hot sauce, the choice is up to you.
Thicken the dip by first mashing the cheese in a separate bowl and blending it in, or adding more blue cheese crumbles. Allowing it to sit in the fridge for a few hours will help it stay thick upon serving.
Blue cheese dip vs dressing comes down to consistency. Blue cheese dressing is simply a thinner version of dip. To turn it into dressing, thin it out with a few tablespoons of whole milk.
When stored covered or in an airtight container in the fridge, homemade blue cheese dip will last for 5 days. When serving, keep it out at room temperature for no longer than 2 hours. If the dip develops an off-color or odor after a few days, that means it’s time to throw it out.
Other Yogurt Based Recipes You Might Like:
- Yoghurt Salad Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
- Yoghurt Tahini Dressing Recipe
- Chicken Salad with Yogurt Dressing
- Turkish Eggplant with Yogurt
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Blue Cheese Dip Without Sour Cream Recipe
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt preferably full fat
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise or vegan mayo
- 1-2 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2-3 dashes Tabasco Sauce or any hot sauce optional
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt*
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- Place yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and Tabasco sauce (if using) in a medium bowl. Give it a stir. Add the blue cheese.
- Taste for seasoning and add in salt and black pepper.
- Chill, covered, until you are ready to serve.
- Serve with freshly cut carrots, broccoli, celery sticks, tomatoes, and/or chicken wings.
- Be sure to give it a taste before adding salt. Most blue cheese has an ample amount of salt so it is important to give it a taste before adding more.
- Make ahead: This veggie dip actually tastes better after chilling for a few hours in the fridge. Make it the night before or morning of, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge.
- Storing Leftovers: To store leftover blue cheese dip, simply transfer to an airtight container and keep for up to 5 days.
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