What Is Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island dressing is a popular dressing that derives from Canada. It gives off a nice sweet, tangy taste. It's great not just on salads, but it also enhances the flavor of burgers and serves as a nice topping for Reubens. The two key ingredients of Thousand Island dressing is mayonnaise and ketchup, and it usually contains a variety of other ingredients to adjust the flavor, such as olive oil, ketchup, lemon juice, orange juice, vinegar and mustard.

Benefits Of Homemade Dressing

Purchasing salad dressing from the store is convenient, but many brands can be unhealthy and contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, fat and preservatives. If you want to be completely in control of what you're putting into your body, try making your own Thousand Island dressing at home.

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How To Make Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

This recipe uses a hard-boiled egg to thicken the contents and makes around two and a half cups of the dressing.

The Ingredients:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • One teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 ½ tablespoons onion, finely minced or grated
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One large hard-boiled egg, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder or ground black pepper
  • One teaspoon minced pimientos or roasted red pepper (optional)
  • One teaspoon fresh chives, minced (optional)
  • Couple drops of hot sauce (optional)


  • Take a large mixing bowl and combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, cider, vinegar, relish, salt and chili powder (or pepper) and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Push the egg through a fine-mesh sieve into the bowl and stir
  • Add the optional chives, hot sauce or roasted peppers and mix well

The dressing can be served as soon as it's done being prepared, but refrigerating it for 12 to 24 hours before serving yields the best results.


Thousand Island Recipe With No Egg

This variation for Thousand Island dressing is quick to prepare and is not made with any eggs, which makes it a good option for lacto-vegetarians and vegans. Because there is no thickening agent, this recipe will be more liquid-like and thin than the recipe above, but still taste delicious.

Light Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

A healthier version of Thousand Island dressing, this recipe uses low-fat plain yogurt as the base with a small amount of mayonnaise, therefore greatly reducing the fat content. It makes about one cup of dressing, and it only contains 50 calories and three grams of fat.For the best results, use a blender to mix the ingredients.

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