Blue Cheese dressing is definitely at the top on my list when it comes to salad dressings. Actually, my favorite way to eat a salad is doused with vinegar and dipped into a side of blue cheese dressing… yum!
I’m not a fan of buying pre-made “low-fat” dressings from the grocery store because most of them are filled with ingredients that I can’t pronounce (and honestly they don’t even taste very good either). So I set out to create a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing that would have all the qualities I love with out all the saturated fat or impossible to pronounce ingredients!
Thanks to no-fat Greek yogurt (one of my all time favorite ingredients) this was a pretty easy task to accomplish. But let me tell you, the key to accomplishing a delicious lower fat blue cheese dressing is the blue cheese.
Sure we can swap out the mayo and work around the sour cream, but the only way to accomplish the yummy flavor of the blue cheese is to incorporate some real blue cheese!
The great thing about rich, high fat ingredients is that they usually carry a lot of texture and flavor, so a little goes a long way. This is why I never build my recipes around fat. I’d rather save the fat for the finishing touches. Finishing your dishes with fat is the best way to incorporate the textures and flavors you are looking for without adding an excess of un-needed calories. It’s a win-win.
By adding just a couple of tablespoons of real blue cheese to this dressing, I was able to really capture the flavors and textures that I love so much. In other words, by sticking to real, whole, unprocessed foods we are still able to create a much lighter blue cheese dressing that doesn’t lack an ounce of flavor AND we can pronounce all the ingredients!
Low-Fat Blue Cheese Dressing
- 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 5 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons diced shallots
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl combine yogurt, blue cheese, mayo, garlic, and shallot. Mix together mashing the blue cheese into the mixture as you go.
- Stir in lemon juice, white wine, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Enjoy!