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Classic Recipe for Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island dressing is a type of Russian dressing or remoulade. Possible ingredients in a thousand island dressing include olive oil, mayonnaise, orange juice, paprika, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cream, vinegar, tomato paste, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, and ketchup. Finely chopped onions, pickles, green olives, chestnuts, walnuts, garlic, pimento, parsley, hard-boiled egg, or chives also feature in some recipes for Thousand Island dressing.

This dressing was first mentioned in a 1900 cookbook and the name is believed to come from the thousand islands in the St Lawrence River between the United States and Canada. Thousand Island dressing became a standard condiment in the 1950s and was used on salads and sandwiches. It was used in diners and fast food restaurants across the country and sometimes featured in a Reuben sandwich instead of Russian dressing. The ‘special sauce’ used on McDonalds’ Big Mac is believed to be thousand island dressing, although it is sweeter, thicker and has a slightly different flavor.

The following recipe makes a delicious homemade thousand island dressing and you can drizzle it over your favorite salad or use it in sandwiches. This dressing tastes much better homemade than bottled and once you try this you will never want to buy the bottled kind again.

Classic Recipe for Thousand Island Dressing
Summary: Fans of Thousand Island dressing should forget the bottled kind and make this homemade version. The flavor is rich, tangy, fresh, and so delicious.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced white onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredients and stir well.
  2. Transfer the dressing to a covered container and chill in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 hours.
  3. Stir the dressing occasionally so the flavors blend and the sugar dissolves.
(Makes 1 Cup)

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Thousand Island dressing is something we all know and love, but there are plenty of different recipes for it. Even different brands have different flavors, so it is best to find a recipe you love and stick with it, then you can be sure of preparing a perfect Thousand Island dressing every time offering all the rich flavor you love. This dressing is versatile and goes with chicken, seafood (especially shrimp), grilled veggies, and more. To make it all you have to do is combine the ingredients so it could not be easier. Make this and you will never want the store-bought kind again.


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