Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blue Cheese Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Blue Cheese Apple Cider Vinaigrette

I've liked blue cheese dressing since I was pretty young, which is unusual, since a lot of kids don't like blue cheese. And I was a really picky eater--it's actually rather shocking that blue cheese was my favorite salad dressing when I was about 9 or 10.

Blue cheese

For a long time I only ever had the creamy variety. Then one day we happened upon the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon. Blue Heron is a wonderful place to visit. The store is filled with free samples, a deli counter with amazing sandwiches and a nice variety of Oregon microbrews. Filling up on samples one day I discovered Riverhouse Blue Cheese dressing, which is a vinaigrette blue cheese rather than the typical creamy type. I loved the tangy flavor of the dressing and became an instant devotee.

These days, I don't ever buy dressing (although I would buy Riverhouse if given the chance). However, I've sought to replicate the dressing with this recipe. You could use any blue cheese you like, although I suggest not using one that's too soft, since it's hard to crumble.

I served the dressing over a salad of bibb lettuce, carrots, celery and toasted almond slices with a few additional large chunks of blue cheese.

Blue Cheese Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Makes enough for one large or two small salads

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese

Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk with a fork until combined. Add olive oil and whisk vigorously until the mixture is emulsified. Add the blue cheese and stir to combine.


  1. Forget what I said earlier about honey-mustard being my favorite dressing. Now that I'm reminded of this salad, I think blue cheese apple cider vinaigrette is my favorite. YUM!

  2. Omg!!! Thank you for this recipe. I absolutely love this dressing. It’s expensive to order from Louisiana. I love having this option to Homemadke this dressing.