Use this quick and tasty Thousand Island Dressing recipe to add a little creamy, sweet tanginess to your salad.
Additionally, this homemade dressing is incredibly easy to make with only a few basic items that you probably already have on hand. It works best when added to simple salad greens or used as a dip in various dishes!
Making your own salad dressings is SO simple!
When I was younger, I always chose this dressing for our salads, which is probably why I used to enjoy them so much. I never turned back once I started making my own dressings.
- They take only three minutes to create because they are so simple.
- Compared to bottled dressing, it is far better tasting (with fewer additives and preservatives).
- I adore that I can make it whenever I want because it uses items I always have on hand.
- You can thin it out with milk or keep it thick to use as a burger spread or veggie dip!
The definition of Thousand Island Dressing
What exactly is thousand island dressing, then? There are a few ideas as to who actually invented this dressing, but I’m glad they did! It is called the Thousand Islands region, which is situated between Canada and the US.
It’s a fast, creamy dressing with acidity and some sweetness. A little ketchup (or tomato paste) adds flavor and color, while a little sugar and sweet pickle relish help to temper the pungency. Very excellent!
Components & Alterations
ITS BASE This dressing’s foundation consists of mayonnaise and sour cream. While the mayo makes it perfectly creamy, the sour cream gives it some tang.
THE TANG This dressing has a slight tang from the vinegar and ketchup.
THE SWEET Sugar and sweet pickle relish are two sweet ingredients that give this irresistible dressing its finishing touch. (Dill pickle relish is also excellent.)
- To liven up the flavor profile, add some lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, coarsely chopped black olives, garlic, or horseradish.
- Replace ketchup with tomato paste or chili sauce. Add some sweet or smoked paprika.
- Replace the sugar with sweetener and the relish with finely sliced dill pickles to make it low carb.
Making Thousand Island Dressing: A Recipe
This light dressing comes together so quickly and easily!
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients as directed in the recipe below.
- Combine and serve, or keep in a mason jar.
Nice and thick, this sauce works well as a dressing, spread, or dip. Add a little milk or buttermilk for a thinner dressing.
Tips and Serving
- In a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, homemade thousand island dressing can last up to a week (as long as your sour cream is fresh). The most convenient choice is a mason jar.
- If necessary, thin it out with milk or buttermilk.
- Serve it as a vegetable dip, over a traditional wedge salad, or over a tossed salad. (We also enjoy using it in our Big Mac salad.)
- Use it in place of the Russian dressing on Reuben sandwiches, as a secret sauce on hamburgers, or in wraps.
- Serve Thousand Island Dressing as a dip with your favorite snacks, such as French fries.
Thousand Islands Dressing
Mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish are a few basic components that make the best Thousand Island Dressing.
|ten minutes to prepare
overall 10 minutes
portions: 1 cup
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons ketchup or chili sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish or 1 ½ tablespoon very finely diced dill pickle
- salt & pepper
Instructions for Thousand Island Dressing
- In a tiny bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Keep in the fridge for up to a week.
The calorie count is for one tablespoon of dressing.
Use sweetener in place of sugar, and use finely diced dill pickles in place of sweet relish to make it low carb.
In a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, homemade thousand island dressing can last up to a week (as long as your sour cream is fresh). The most convenient choice is a mason jar.
If necessary, thin it out with milk or buttermilk.
Serve it as a vegetable dip, over a traditional wedge salad, or over a tossed salad.
Use it as a secret sauce on Reuben sandwiches and hamburgers.
Serve it as a dip with your favorite snacks, such as French fries.
Calories: 62 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4mg