Cheese Is The New Wine

Cheese Is The New Wine: Roka Blue Cheese Dressing

blue cheese dressing

I really can’t explain what made me buy this.

I almost never buy bottled salad dressing. And, as you might remember, I have a particular horror of cheap blue cheese dressings.

Still, one day, I had an absolutely overwhelming desire for blue cheese dressing, and as I turned down the first supermarket aisle, there is was. On sale. For a buck. And you know I can’t turn down a cheese on sale for a dollar.

So, to my surprise, I bought shelf-stable Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Dressing.

Even more surprising: it’s actually really good.

I don’t know how they managed it—and in fact, I probably don’t want to know—but Kraft has somehow engineered a bottled blue cheese dressing that doesn’t taste like crap. It’s got a very good blue cheese taste to it (mild blue cheese, to be sure, but still) without that pongy gym-sock aftertaste most dressings have. Even my kid, who has made no secret of how much she hates “all stinky cheese,” really liked it.

Its lack of blue cheese pieces (and slightly scary ingredient list) keep it from being a truly great blue cheese dressing, but other than making it yourself, this is possibly one of the best grab-and-go blue cheese dressings around.

Ingredients: [Oh dude. You so don’t want to know. Although the label claims “No Artificial Preservatives,” it still has plenty of wtf is that? “natural” preservatives in it.]
Country of origin: USA.
Aged: N/A
Price: $.99 (on sale) for 8 oz. at Fine Fare.
Final verdict: Hide it at the back of the fridge when your foodie-douche friends visit if you must, but you and I will still know it’s well good.


  • Lola

    So funny you should write this, I also just tried this dressing and found it surprisingly good! I was at Target and needed blue cheese dressing and this was the only one they had, and I wasn’t about to make an extra trip to the supermarket just for some dressing :o)

  • Terry, at Blue Kitchen

    I haven’t bought bottled dressing in years—and not saying that to be a food-douche, Kristen, or in any way be judgmental—but there are times I’m making a salad and wish there was a bottle of dressing in the fridge I could just grab and use. I mean, making dressings is easy and all, but sometimes it’s just that one extra step you don’t want to screw with at the moment. May have to give this one a try.

  • Kristen

    Terry: I’m honestly just too much of a cheapskate to buy bottled dressing, usually. I always feel like, ugh, I just bought oil and vinegar and garlic… why am I going to buy vinagrette dressing besides?

    Elisabeth: Grandma Bea?


  • elisabeth

    Yes, she always had one bottle in the fridge and one spare in the pantry. Also Stella Doro anisette cookies.