North Woods Inn's Creamy Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing

Blue cheese dressing on salad

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Refrigerate: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 1 1/3 cups (10 to 11 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
84 Calories
6g Fat
7g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 1/3 cups (10 to 11 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 3g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is similar to the one used at restaurants in California's iconic North Woods Inn chain. North Woods Inn has been making its salads sing with this blue cheese dressing since the 1960s, much to the happiness of millions of Californians who have been dining at these restaurants most of their lives. Try this quick and easy recipe and you'll never go back to bottled blue cheese dressing.


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream (or nonfat sour cream)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons blue cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a food processor or heavy-duty blender, combine buttermilk, sour cream, garlic, sugar, paprika, and salt.

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Add blue cheese and pulse quickly once or twice. Do not blend. You want small chunks of blue cheese.

  5. Refrigerate for four hours or more before serving in order to let flavors blend.

  6. Enjoy!


Other Uses for Blue Cheese Dressing

If you're a lover of blue cheese, it's probably one of your favorite dressings for green salads. It goes especially well with red onion, so mix a few slices with romaine, green leaf, red leaf, endive, spinach or a mix of greens along with bacon bits for a sensational salad.