The best Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing (or dip) that’s chunky, creamy and full of tang! Perfect for a vegan wedge salad or dipping cauliflower buffalo wings in!

dressing with chunks and a spoonful from a bowl.

This dressing/dip is easy to make and delicious to eat! Best of all, it’s made without any store bought vegan mayo, oil or cheese of course.

Similar to my Vegan Ranch Dressing, I use raw cashews to create a creamy texture, along with a few other simple ingredients that give this a real “blue cheese” feel. I think you are going to love it!

How to make it

Start out by soaking a cup and a half of raw cashews, or cashew pieces. Often the cashew pieces are less expensive, so I usually buy them instead of the whole ones. To soften, pour boiling hot water over the cashews (I use my tea kettle) and let them soak for 5-10 minutes.

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Drain the cashews, then add to a high powered blender, along with 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and dried dill and 1 teaspoon of salt. Blend until very smooth and creamy.

Pour the creamy mixture into a large bowl or container, and then crumble 1/4th of a block of firm tofu into the dressing. Stir, then refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, to let the flavors mingle. The little tofu chunks won’t taste like tofu at all, but rather will taste like little chunks of blue cheese!

spoon being lifted from a bowl of chunky white dressing.

Possible Substitutions

Tofu: If you want a smooth dressing, simply leave out the tofu.

Cashews: If you have a nut allergy, you could replace the cashews and water with vegan mayo. Of course, it won’t be oil free then, but it will work. Replace the cashews and water with 1 cup of vegan mayo. Whisk in the other ingredients, then crumble in the tofu.

How to make a Wedge Salad

Wash and cut a head of iceberg lettuce into wedges. Make a batch of Baked Tempeh Bacon and crumble it on top, along with diced tomatoes, chives, perhaps avocado chunks and then drizzle blue cheese on top. Delicious!

vegan wedge salad with blue cheese dressing drizzled on top.

It’s also perfect for dipping Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings in. However you use it, I hope you enjoy!

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Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

The best Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing (or dip) that's chunky, creamy and full of tang! It happens to be oil free, made with whole foods and good for you, too. Perfect for a vegan wedge salad or dipping cauliflower buffalo wings in!
Prep: 15 mins
Chilling time: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 block firm tofu

Instructions 

  • Soak the raw cashew pieces in hot water for 5-10 minutes. I heat up water in my electric kettle and pour it over the cashews to soak.
  • Drain the cashews and add to a high powered blender. Now add 3/4 cup fresh water, the white vinegar, lemon juice, onion powder, dill and salt, and blend until very smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the creamy mixture from the blender into a bowl (or a covered container for the refrigerator). Pat the tofu dry with paper towels, and then crumble into the dressing. Stir gently to mix, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 20 minutes before serving, so the flavors can mingle together.
  • Serve as a dressing for salads, or a dip for vegetables or buffalo cauliflower wings. It will thicken in the refrigerator, so simply thin it with a few tablespoons of water before using if desired. It will stay good for 5-6 days, and it is freezable. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. You really need a high powered blender such as a Vitamix to make this dressing taste good. If you don't have one, I would substitute 1 cup of vegan mayo for the cashews and water. Then you can simply whisk the ingredients together in a bowl, then add in the crumbled tofu. 
  2. To make a wedge salad, slice a head of iceberg lettuce into wedges. Make a batch of Tempeh Bacon, then crumble it on top of the lettuce along with diced tomatoes, chives, avocados and drizzle blue cheese on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. Hi Nora,
    I am going to try to make the blue cheese dressing, thank you for the recipe.
    On the nutrition, you don’t say what the serving size is. For example 1 tablespoon etc,
    Please let me know.
    Thanks!
    bob

  2. This was shockingly amazing! I’m so impressed with the taste and texture! I also used the Follow your heart blue cheese crumbles. Really awesome, thank you Nora!!

  3. Oh my gosh, I usually never comment but this is so amazing. Perfect level of tang, and is so versatile. Thank you!!!

    1. I’m so glad you love the dressing! Thanks for using my recipe, and for sharing your review and feedback!

  4. Just wow! Insanely delicious, Nora. Tastes so much like what I remember Blue Cheese Dressing to taste like. Like a previous reviewer, I subbed Follow Your Heart Blue Cheese Crumbles (which are 100% on point) for the tofu. Can’t wait to have this drizzled over big wedges of iceberg lettuce and liberally covering all my fresh veggies. Thank you for yet another amazing recipe, Nora. 

  5. This is soooo good! I never thought I’d find a blue cheese substitute in his delicious. Even my non vegan friends liked it

  6. AMAZING! Thank you for creating this! I used everything except I subbed the tofu for Follow Your Heart bleu cheese and oh my goodness you couldn’t even tell it wasn’t the real thing. So good! 

    1. Hi Stephanie. Your substitution sounds delicious! I’m thrilled you loved the dressing! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  7. I can eat this by the spoon full 🙂 Serving it with a Apple, Candied Walnut, and Bitter Lettuces Salad, for Thanksgiving. I also love it as a dip for crudites. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Shelly. Mmmm, your salad sounds so delicious! The dressing will be great with it! I appreciate you taking time to share your fantastic review and comments. Happy holiday cooking!

  8. This is such a wonderful blue cheese dressing recipe. I thought I’d never find a good vegan substitute and I can’t believe it’s made from such healthy the ingredients! Thank you! 

    1. Probably a few months, I haven’t tried freezing it myself but it should work okay. It lasts for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

  9. I love this recipe except I love blue cheese to have a tangy flavor. And for me blue cheese should NOT be subtle. So….I added 2x more dill, 1 tablespoon of vinegar from some pickled jalapeno chips, more than a tablespoon of horseradish and the tang is back!!!

  10. Nice! The texture was spot on. I tried this because I love your ranch dressing and that one’s a big hit with non-vegan family members.
    The flavor has a mild sweetness that I wasn’t able to mask. I tried adding some ground black pepper and a little garlic powder but I still taste it. Thoughts? More lemon juice? My last tablespoon was pretty scant.
    Either way, thank you for the recipe!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Maybe add a bit more lemon juice, I’m not sure what that sweetness is your tasting.

  11. This is awesome! I love it! I’ve tried several recipes as others have mentioned doing-  and this one is the only one that fills that blue cheese void. I didn’t have the tofu so mine was not chunky – but I didn’t miss that part. 
    I used to be the girl who chose restaurants solely based on the quality of their blue cheese dressing……. and I gotta say, this stuff is surprisingly convincing and definitely better than some of the “real” versions! 
    Bravo Nora! 

  12. This is the third week in a row I have made this dressing, and it was unintentionally become a fridge staple. Simple, easy, amazing – thank you!

    1. I”m so glad to read you love the dressing, Lauren, and that it has become a staple! Thank you for sharing your review!

    1. I don’t have a ninja, so I’m not super familiar. If it can usually blend nuts into creamy sauces, it should work.

  13. Yum!! This is fantastic! The best blue cheese I’ve made (and I’ve tried many recipes!) Blue Cheese dressing is one of the thing I’ve not yet been able to replicate in the vegan world -so thank you for this. Next time I might add a bit more vinegar or lemon to make it even tangier. Now I have to go look at see if you have a Caesar dressing recipe, as that is the other item that eludes me!

  14. Awesome !!!! Excellent!!! Ditto on Karen’s comment. I have tried many versions of bleu cheese dressing, as it is what I miss most about not being able to eat dairy. ( Allergy) The MOST AUTHENTIC recipe I have tried. I look forward to trying your cauliflower buffalo wings!

  15. I wanted to doubt you. I thought, it could never ever taste like blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce. But it does. Unbelievable. Thank you so much…

  16. I can’t believe how delicious this is!! Blue cheese is one of the things I miss the most. It’s so great to have a delicious vegan option!

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