#15 Italian Blue Cheese Dressing

This recipe is based off of the dressing we had in Pocatello Idaho at an Italian restaruant named Buddy’s.  I liked it so I came home and tried to recreate it.  By the way, if you are ever in Pocatello, Buddy’s has some of the best Lasagna I have ever had!  Try it!

Italian Blue Cheese Dressing
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c blue cheese crumbles
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder or crush 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
1/2 tsp rosemary garlic seasoning by Tone’s or just use rosemary
3 sprigs fresh thyme or you can use dried
1 Tbs LiteHouse freeze-dried Salad Herb Blend or just use Chives
2 tsp Balsamic vinegar
1/4 c hard fresh grated parmesan cheese

I loved this salad with mung bean sprouts, sun flour sprouts and a little more large blue cheese crumbles.  Put some sautéed portobello mushrooms on top and Enjoy!




5 Responses to #15 Italian Blue Cheese Dressing

  1. John Ryan says:

    Oh my gosh! You have come closer than that professional chef who tried to imitate this classic, country Italian dressing.
    I now live in Dallas, Texas but was a busboy at Buddies in ’75.
    I remember and like Steve Piper, and I remember his Mother Julie, Step-father Charlie, his Grandmother Fluma, and his head cook Thelma Mandrini. Thelma would make large quantities of this dressing in bus tubs, mixing in the spices, etc., through the olive oil with her hands. She was such a dear woman. Fluma kicked me one time for throwing out the base of a celery. “How dare you!” she said. I learned to like that little tiny woman a lot too. The Piper’s roots are in Southern Italy, famous for the pizza. The dressing has more of a Northern Italian flavor to it. Steve Piper and I both attended Mrs. Gabardi’s Kidnergarten in Old Alameda. Neda Gabardi had roots in the North of Italy.
    Good Luck to you. Hope you understand if I don’t give away any of the secrets from Buddy’s Pizza.

    • I have never been to Pocatello but my ex had lived there and had his friends bring him the salad dressing. Now I am craving this stuff. Seriously hoping this recipe fills my buddy’s gap. Lol. About to try out the recipe and I am hoping that it doesn’t disappoint! Please if you know any secrets about the salad dressing will you share? I am dying. Even if I could afford to order some it wouldn’t come fast enough! Lol.

  2. Eddy says:

    Thanks for posting this. I went to Idaho State in the early 90’s and am a lifetime addict of Buddy’s calzones and salad. My wife recently visited Pocatello and brought back a jar. Since it won’t last long I was going to attempt a replica and ran across yours here which is very close to what I was thinking.

  3. Melanie says:

    Thank you!! Haven’t tried this recipe yet, but am looking forward to re-creating memories from Buddy’s in Pocatello during Grad school years!! We are living in Midland, TX, now, and the Wall Street Bar and Grill has a salad and dressing that is almost as good!

  4. Ryan says:

    Similar. The cheese is gorgonzola not blue cheese.

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