Is Blue Cheese Dressing Just Ranch With Blue Cheese? (Explained!)

Blue cheese dressing is distinct from ranch, not just ranch mixed with blue cheese. While they may share a similar base, ranch often contains buttermilk, which blue cheese dressing does not always use. The main ingredient in blue cheese dressing is, unsurprisingly, blue cheese, making its flavor profile and usage uniquely different from ranch dressing.

What is Blue Cheese Dressing?

While both blue cheese dressing and ranch are typically used as a salad dressing, blue cheese dressing can certainly be used for many more recipes.

Blue cheese dressing goes extremely well with chicken or turkey.

It also tastes fantastic in sandwiches and wraps and is the perfect accompaniment for garlic bread.

And of course, let’s not forget how wonderful buffalo wings taste with the added excitement of blue cheese dressing.

However, much the same as ranch dressing, there isn’t one specific recipe for blue cheese dressing.

You have the opportunity to try new ingredients, or even leave out some of the traditional ingredients, to suit your taste buds.

That being said, the most commonly used ingredients for blue cheese dressing include:

  • Blue Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Vinegar
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder

This is not an exhaustive list of ingredients, and there will no doubt be varieties of blue cheese dressing that contain other ingredients too.

Plus, as I’ve mentioned, buttermilk can sometimes be used too.

The most important ingredient in blue cheese dressing is the blue cheese itself.

However, from an initial glance, I can see why there is some confusion as to the difference between blue cheese and ranch dressings.

But, I assure you that blue cheese dressing is so much more than simply adding blue cheese to ranch.

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What is Ranch Dressing?

Firstly, just so you know, ranch dressing has been the most popular salad dressing in the United States since 1992.

Up until then, it had always been Italian dressing.

That being said, ranch dressing was created by Steve Henson of Thayer, Nebraska in the 1950s.

So, you could say that it took a while to hit the height of its popularity.

Ranch dressing is typically used as a salad dressing, and although much the same as blue cheese dressing, it is often used for other purposes.

However, one of ranch dressing’s most popular uses is as a dip, especially for potato chips and crudites.

In truth, one of the major differences between ranch from blue cheese dressing is the use of herbs, which are most commonly chives, dill, and parsley.

Ranch is typically made with a combination of the following ingredients:

  • Buttermilk
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mustard
  • Herbs (chives, dill, parsley)
  • Spices (black pepper, ground mustard seed, paprika)

Once again, depending on your tastes, you can of course add or subtract various ingredients from this list.

Plus, hopefully, you can see that ranch dressing is much more geared to getting its flavor from the additional herbs and spices.

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Final Thoughts

So, I hope you understand that blue cheese dressing and ranch dressing are two entirely different recipes.

Therefore, there is so much more to blue cheese dressing than simply adding blue cheese to ranch dressing.

Blue cheese is the main ingredient for blue cheese dressing, whereas ranch makes use of a variety of herbs and spices.

Additionally, there is no single perfect method to make either dressing, and the ingredients can be changed to suit your palate.

And talking of dressings and sauces, have you ever wondered if you can put Cheez Whiz on Philly cheesesteaks?

Does the comparison in this article change how you perceive the versatility and pairing of these dressings with different foods?

Let us know in the comments below!

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