Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing

Simple and easy homemade Thousand Island Dressing with mayo, sour cream, ketchup, relish, onion, and vinegar. Homemade dressings are lively, delicious and fun to customize; you’ll never go store-bought again!

Much like our ranch dressing, you can slather Thousand Island sauce generously on burgers, sandwiches and wraps, dip it with veggies, or use to top a green salad!

The Thousand Islands, birthplace of the eponymous dressing, is a region on the upper St. Lawrence river between New York and Ontario, Canada. Local boat guides recount the most romantic of the many legends of its origins.

They would have it that millionaire George Boldt was on a river cruise with the love of his life, Louise, for whom he had built a castle on an island shaped like a heart. Salad was on the menu but the chef had forgotten the dressing. The indomitable saucier whipped up ersatz dressing from what was onboard: mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce and a hard-boiled egg. 

George loved the impromptu condiment and forthwith annexed it to the menu at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel, of which he was the proprietor. Now-a-days variations of the original dressing appear on everything from Reuben sandwiches to Big Macs!

What we LOVE about this recipe:

  • From scratch: When we talk about “tastes better from scratch,” there’s nothing more applicable than homemade dressing.  It takes just minutes to make and tastes SO much better than what you’ll find at the store.  Plus, you get to avoid any added preservatives, colors, or flavors.
  • Serve it with everything: Thousand Island Dressing is an American staple found at salad bars across the country!  It’s a popular sauce for sandwiches, burgers, and even used as a dip.

Ingredients:

Thousand Island dressing is made with a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, red onion vinegar, sugar, garlic, and salt and pepper.  All ingredients are combined by hand to make a perfect, thick, and creamy dressing, dip, or sauce.

Thousand Island Dressing

How to Make Thousand Island Dressing:

1. Combine: add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

2. Chill for several hours or store in refrigerator for about a week.

3. Serve on just about anything!  See a list of ideas below.

Thousand Island Dressing

How to Serve Thousand Island:

  • As salad dressing: This dressing goes well with just about any salad recipe!
  • Slather on a burger: traditional juicy hamburger, chicken burger, veggie burger, or black bean burger
  • Serve on a sandwich or Wrap: including this classic Chicken Bacon Avocado wrap or Crispy Southwest wrap.
  • As a dip: dip veggies, breadsticks, chips, pizza, and anything else you can think of in this delicious homemade sauce.

Thousand Island Dressing

Other Variations and Adaptations:

  • Russian dressing: omit the pickle relish and sugar and add 1 teaspoon Worcestershire, 3 teaspoons horseradish, a dash of sweet paprika.
  • Add pimientos.
  • Add chives.
  • Make it spicy: add 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce or cayenne.
  • Vegan Thousand Island: substitute 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise in place of mayo and sour cream.

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Thousand Island Dressing

Simple and easy homemade Thousand Island Dressing with mayo, sour cream, ketchup, relish, onion, and vinegar.
Course dressing, side course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 440kcal
Author Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweet pickle relish
  • 2 Tablespoons red onion , finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • salt and pepper , to taste

Notes

How Serve Thousand Island:
  • On a Wedge Salad
  • On a Chicken Burger
  • On a Sandwich or Wrap
  • As a dip

Other Variations and Adaptations:

  • Russian dressing: omit the pickle relish and sugar and add 1 teaspoon Worcestershire, 3 teaspoons horseradish, a dash of sweet paprika.
  • Add pimientos
  • Add chives
  • Make it spicy: add 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce
  • Vegan Thousand Island: substitute 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise in place of mayo and sour cream

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1506mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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Photography by Nikole from The Travel Palate.

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