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Copycat North Woods Inn Green Salad

Crispy, fresh iceberg lettuce is topped with a creamy, buttermilk gorgonzola salad dressing for this Northwoods Inn Copycat recipe.

Crispy, fresh iceberg lettuce is topped with a creamy, buttermilk gorgonzola salad dressing for this Northwoods Inn Copycat recipe.

My fondness for these Northwoods Inn copycat recipes continues to grow. This recipe in particular took some trial and error. You see, all of the identical recipes I searched up for a copycat recipe were way, way off. The consistency, the taste, everything about it made me think the person who originally posted it hadn’t tasted their own recipe.

That first round of recipe testing was a big dud for me, so I set out to find a delicious, basic gorgonzola cheese dressing instead.

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Copycat North Woods Inn Green Salad

Crispy iceberg lettuce is roughly chopped and topped with a creamy gorgonzola dressing.
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings, with possible leftover dressing
Calories 181 kcal


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 oz package crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce cleaned and roughly chopped
  • optional: splash of milk if you want to thin the dressing


  • Stir the buttermilk, mayonnaise, gorgonzola cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and celery seed together in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours before serving over cleaned, roughly chopped iceberg lettuce.
  • If desired, you can thin the dressing with a splash of milk, mix well and then serve over the lettuce.


Recipe adapted from Food.com


Serving: 1servingCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 568mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 237IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 0.1mg
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  1. If you want it to taste right it needs to be gorgonzola cheese and you need to add a touch of celery seed. That will capture the correct flavor.

  2. Just mixed it all up and it came out tasting just like NWI Blue Cheese, or at least as close as possible. The other recipes I’ve tried don’t even come close. I will agree with Renee Redding below, the celery seed makes it. Gorgonzola does it as well. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Steve! Happy that it came close. I’m realizing now that NWI simply calls this salad the “Green Salad.” So I think I will recommend gorgonzola instead of blue cheese going forward. As well as the celery seed. Appreciate that feedback a lot in adjusting this recipe to be closer.

      I agree, other recipes I’ve found online all seem to repost the same recipe for the dressing and it is so far away from what it actually tastes like. I’m starting to think nobody ever taste tested them and just reposted it everywhere trusting that it was close😅