Jan 10

Strange But Good: Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi

I struggle with brevity in recipe-naming.


Funny, because I’m always telling my mom she uses too many words.

I really wanted to name this Wasabi-Avocado-Blue Cheese Massaged Kale and Broccoli Salad.  Despite my restraint, the title is still too long.  How does one communicate all of the delicious elements of a dish in 3-5 words?!  I feel so trapped.

In writing out my original title, you probably already have an understanding of what this salad is.  Wasabi and blue cheese dressing was a strange combo to me when I first had it in Portland, but it was so good that my sister and I couldn’t stop eating it.

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

Naturally, I had to recreate it at home.  I used Lighthouse Blue Cheese (a Greek yogurt-based dressing).  Maybe not the cleanest ingredient, but it’s good and not too bad for you as far as dressings go.  I amped up the cream-factor (I can’t re-read that without laughing) by mashing avocado into it.  The wasabi I used is a paste, but you could also use the powdered variety.  Adjust it to your liking… I like it really hot.

What you are left with is a delicious tangy, spicy coating for your kale salad.  You’ll also love the texture contrast between the sturdy kale and the creamy dressing.  I added some broccoli and grapes in mine, and topped it with fish (you know I need my protein).

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

The best part is that, because kale is so hearty, you can make it a day or two in advance and take it to work!


Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

  • 2 T blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 fresh avocado, mashed
  • Wasabi paste, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ~2 C Kale


In a small bowl, mix together blue cheese, avocado, wasabi, and pepper.  

Place kale in a large bowl and massage the dressing into the leaves.

Can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in fridge.


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Between the shock of being back in the office after the holidays and the insane weather, I couldn't be happier for this week to END.

What is your favorite salad dressing? 

Are you on a greens kick?  I can't get enough after Dessert December!



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  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    The number of times growing up I’ve mistaken wasabi as avocado..and never thought to combine! you are a genius! Lucky I can call you my twin, so claim some of this genius genes. GG.

    PS- We clearly are twins because I know when you post. ;) Just kidding, I think after all these #strangebutgood actions I have it covered. Another winner from you here!

    1. Laura

      You’ve mistaken it?! So have you ever taken a large bite of wasabi thinking it was avocado? Ouch…

  2. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I love blue cheese! I know it polarizes, but I’m all for it. Never thought to combine it with wasabi and avocado though – but as always I trust you!
    Now we don’t have kale here (no, I’m not kidding) so I will probably have to go with china kale or rocket!

    1. Laura

      I remember you saying that. I still can’t fathom not having kale. I think chard would be good if you can find it! Rocket might be too delicate.

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’m not a huge fan of wasabi but in this dressing it sounds really, really good. Thanks for being the guinea pig and trying out the #strangebutgood combo for us all!

  4. Miz

    you are a GENIUS indeed.
    I am such a boring picky eater—save fer my fave wasabi!!

  5. Jennifer F

    That blue cheese OPA is good and way better for you than regular blue cheese, I also like their Thai Peanut dressing, it’s not even made with peanuts so I don’t know WHAT it actually is, but mmmmm on everything. Oh, and their huckleberry dressing. Lot’s of times though, I just put mashed avocado and salsa on my salad for the dressing. . . .

    1. Laura

      I need to try the Thai! I didn’t see that one.

  6. lindsay

    that name works for me! but i think it’s because i love to use word massage with food. LOL! 12 here

    1. Laura

      It cracks me up every time, Brother.

  7. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I’m not a blue cheese person, but the avocado/wasabi combo sounds delicious. There is a yummy tahini avocado dressing I’m determined to recreate, too!

  8. Kierston

    Love wasabi. I don’t have blue cheese very often at all, but I don’t mind the flavour one bit. You are so creative my friend.

  9. Maureen

    Not a wasabi fan, but I have made a blue cheese/avocado dressing before. Yum!

    1. Laura

      Do you like sriracha? I am thinking I need to try that combo next!

  10. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’m not a fan of blue cheese at all, but I love wasabi so….maybe it evens out? ;-)

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Going to take your word on this one. Now my husband would probably love it. But I am not a blue cheese fan and as much as I love hot food, I don’t like wasabi. Not sure what it is about it. It’s not so much the heat but the flavor of it I think. But I can imagine this would pair really well with the kale since kale can stand up to bolder flavors.

  12. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I ALWAYS have to go back and re-read my emails, blog posts, etc. several times to see if I can remove words. And even then, I look back and think, “Oh, I could have said that in this way and it would have made so much more sense AND it would have been shorter.” Ah, such is life!

    And I love having the kind of restaurant meal that I can’t wait to recreate at home. That’s how you know it was good!

  13. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Cheesy and spicy dressing is a win win! This dressing would be awesome in just about any salad – thanks Laura!
    YAY for warmer temps this weekend in Atl!

    1. Laura

      Annnnnd boo for it cooling off. Is it spring yet?!

  14. Maria @ The Good Life

    So I am one of those people who loves wasabi and I love the easiness and simplicity of this recipe. So giving it a try this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! How did you like it?

  15. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Ohhhh this totally reminds me that I think my recipe today is #strangebutgood! I’m so excited – going back to edit and link up here :). And as always, you’ve succeeded in combining two things that I NEVER would have thought of, but that look delicious!

  16. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Blue cheese & wasabi sounds fantastic!!! I need a little of this in my life next week, I think. :)

    1. Laura

      I knew you’d like the wasabi. :) Let me know if you try it!

  17. Purelytwins

    Wasabi is something we usually do with sushi, but this sounds yummy!!!

  18. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I loooove wasabi and I love blue cheese – this is winning!

  19. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    This sounds so good! I love wasabi and bolt house blue cheese dressing is my favorite! I have never used wasabi at home, only gotten it when out but it might be fun to try to use at home with this tasty salad!

    1. Laura

      It’s a great thing to keep on hand – it’s stored in the fridge so it lasts forever!

  20. Jess @ JessieBear

    I love making things creamier by putting avocados in them :)

  21. Sara@Fashion tips for women

    I don’t like wasabi much, but i like your presentation.. It looks amazing!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! It’s good just with the blue cheese and avocado too. :)

  22. Debra

    I think I am the queen of long recipe titles. Sometimes you just cannot condense it. This looks great, btw!

    1. Laura

      The struggle is real! ;)

  23. Mary @ Fit and Fed

    Wasabi and blue cheese sounds like a brilliant combination!

  24. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    You had me at blue cheese. But you knew that already.

    1. Laura

      I’m thinking this could easily be a grilled cheese…

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