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Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, a delicious restaurant favorite, made at home

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It started many years ago in a small family run Italian restaurant in sunny California. Pasta covered with fresh homemade sauce, and always a salad of tossed greens. The house dressing was a Blue Cheese Vinaigrette.

To this day it is my favorite, a creamy blue cheese dressing and a tangy vinaigrette combined to make the best dressing ever. The first time I had a salad with this dressing I knew it was a winning way to serve salad greens. Casey had his own "secret" way to make this dressing, but I think I can get close, real close. Trade secrets, they are everything in the restaurant business!

Let's talk salads, shall we? For me a salad needs to be tossed with the dressing, before it is served. A bowl of greens with dressing over the top, is difficult to eat with enjoyment. Usually the dressing is eaten up with the top layer of the salad, leaving naked lettuce and not much excitement at the bottom of the salad bowl.

To my way of thinking, a richly flavored dressing, tossed with the greens, then served up is so much more appealing. Also you don't need to drench your greens in a dressing, when a dressing starts out fresh, vibrant and well flavored, you automatically use less.  

Casey's House Dressing, a creamy blue cheese vinaigrette
Casey's House Dressing

Casey's House Dressing
by the seat of my pants
makes approximately 3 cups dressing

1/3 c red wine vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
1 1/2 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
2 T fresh minced parsley or 1 T dried
1/2 t sugar
1/2 mayonnaise
3/4 c buttermilk
1 c blue cheese crumbles

Combine all ingredients through buttermilk.


Whisk all ingredients except blue cheese until smooth. Add blue cheese, and using a "mashing" motion work cheese into the mixture to break apart some of the pieces.


Decant into a storage jar. Refrigerate.


To serve, toss with fresh greens of choice.

This dressing is also delicious spooned over a platter of prepared crisp vegetables presented as a composed salad for a sit down dinner, and everyone can help themselves.

Enjoy!

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10 comments

  1. You come up with some of the best recipes. This one sounds delicious.

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  2. I love blue cheese actually was trying to find a recipe this comes at the perfect time and looks likethe one!

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  3. I can hardly wait to try your dressing. Fresh garden lettuce will be here shortly. Great timing. Thanks!

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  4. Oh my goodness...I think this sounds AMAZING!! Love blue cheese, love vinaigrette...perfect :D

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  5. Joe would go crazy for this, he's a huge fan of blue cheese. I like it too, but Joe just goes nuts for it. I bought a new cookbook yesterday (I know, I know...) and am making some yummy (I hope) cookies from it for CS. The dough has to chill at least 3 hours or overnight so I may not get to baking them until tomorrow as I'm going out tonight. But I will get my post up tomorrow, just not sure what time. See you then!

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  6. I'm with you on having my salads dressed. This is another fabulous dressing recipe, Melynda. I am a huge blue cheese dressing fan. I love this as a vinaigrette. thank you!

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  7. I love blue cheese...This sounds great.

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  8. This looks delicious. I have a serious blue cheese addiction!!

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  9. I have a blue cheese viniagrette I have made for years. Yours is different, so I'll have to give it a try. It sounds delicious.

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