Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing and, um, my love for Blue Cheese

I LOVE blue cheese.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!  There aren’t many things that aren’t made better by adding blue cheese.  Salads, steaks, pizza, sandwiches.  I could go on and on.  Heck, it even makes raw celery edible.

Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing

One of the worst things about being pregnant was not eating blue cheese.  I know, I know, there are a lot of folks who are now going to tell me that you can eat any cheese as long as it is pasteurized, without worrying about listeria and other nasty bugs that can wreak havoc on a pregnant woman and her baby.  Of course there are also those who say “NO SOFT CHEESES AT ALL.”  I was not from that camp.  Brie, feta, goat cheese – no problem.  But for some reason, blue cheese freaked me out.  I was literally counting the days till I could have it again.  So for my first dinner out after The Bug was born, we went to Outback, where I had the Blue Cheese Chopped Salad, a rare filet, and a glass of cabernet.  It was like heaven, and not just because he slept the entire time (though that certainly made the experience that much more wonderful – and much quieter and cleaner than meals with him now).

But blue cheese dressing, well, yes, in concept, I love it.  But the stuff from a bottle has these little, tiny granules of blue cheese which are totally not satisfying.  Nor do they even taste like blue cheese.  The stuff you get from restaurants or most other homemade recipes I’ve seen – not the healthiest thing in the world.  OK to have on occasion, but not something I want to eat regularly.  Especially since, with most other dressings, I can dip my fork in a little, the stab a bite of salad and be happy, but with blue cheese, I need to spoon it over to make sure I get the large chunks of cheese.  So I knew I had to come up with my own version – chunkier than the bottled stuff, but healthier than restaurant/homemade stuff.  A-ha!  Greek yogurt!  I loves me some Chobani!  Now, The Hubby and I do like things that are very tangy, so that is why I give you a range for the added cider vinegar.  We like more, but you may want to tone it down a bit, depending on your preference.

This is thick enough to be a great dip for veggies…

Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip and Dressing

But it is equally yummy as a salad dressing, like this yummy little lunch I had on Sunday, which was simply romaine and chopped apples.

Blue Cheese Apple Romaine Salad

And tomorrow I’ll show you what I originally made this dressing for.

What is one food that you would hate to have to give up, even for just a short time?  And for the mama’s, were there any foods that you stayed away from when you were pregnant?

Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Dip, Salad Dressing
Ingredients
  • ½ c plain Green Yogurt (I used Chobani, 0% fat)
  • 1-2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ¼ t salt
  • ¼ t dry mustard
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ c crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the blue cheese in a bowl, and stir until well-mixed.
  2. Gently stir in the blue cheese, so that you don't completely break up the nice, large chunks.
  3. Use for dipping veggies or put on top of a salad, on a sandwich, in a wrap...

 

Enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip Dressing with Caption

This recipe was shared with:

Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday 4/18/2012

This Chick Cooks’ Whole Foods Wednesday Recipe Swap # 48

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Comments

  1. says

    This is the best idea I’ve seen lately :-)
    I am a big blue cheese fan! But the storebought dressings freak me out—all that nasty stuff they add. Greek yogurt sounds like the perfect delivery system!

    • says

      Lisa, you are too sweet! I used to have a lot of storebought dressings, then switched to olive oil and balsamic vinegar because I didn’t like all of the junk in the bottles ones, but lately I have enjoyed making some homemade dressings. I love this because I can have nice, bug chunks of blue cheese.

  2. says

    I hate blue cheese by itself, but oh man, I LOVE it in dip or dressing. Would it be weird to dip pears in this? Because I totally want to. :D

    I heard that giving up citrus fruit can help clear your skin, so I tried that. Luckily, it didn’t work because I love lemon!

  3. eileen says

    I find this somewhat bland, it’s missing something for sure, gonna try an adaptation next time

    • says

      Hmm, I do make it sometimes with balsamic instead of apple cider vinegar. Hope you can tweak it to your tastes. Maybe some more dry mustard, or some dijon instead.

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