The best thousand island dressing has a few basic ingredients like mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. Not only does it make for a great dressing on tossed salad, but also an amazing condiment for burgers and even a dip for French fries!
Just like Blue Cheese Dressing, it is fairly basic but packs a powerful flavor that goes great on nearly any kind of salad, burger or sandwich!
Why buy store bought when you can make your own? You probably already have all the thousand island dressing ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry, so let’s get started!
I love a good creamy dressing not only for salads but for dipping veggies too! Thousand Island has always topped my list… but exactly What is Thousand Island Dressing? It can be made with a variety of different ingredients to punch up the flavors! The base always starts with mayonnaise (I add sour cream & vinegar for tang). Ketchup (or tomato paste) adds zest and color. For sweetness a spoonful of sugar and some sweet pickle relish! So good!
Of course you can add in some of your other favorite flavors too:
- Lemon juice
- Chili paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- Diced black olives
What is the Difference Between Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing?
While both dressings have distinctive flavor profiles, thousand island dressing is far more versatile because it can be used for more than a salad dressing. Russian dressing is more tomato based and has a thinner, smooth consistency. It is also a little bit spicier because it calls for horseradish and paprika. Russian dressing is great on tossed salads (and perfect on my Dorito Taco Salad), but not as popular as the sweeter thousand island dressing for burgers or Reuben sandwiches.
How to Make Thousand Island Dressing
In a bowl, gently combine all the ingredients until smooth and fully incorporated. Homemade thousand island dressing will keep up to ten days in a container with a tightly fitted lid or a jar (I keep it in a mason jar).
Shake or stir before using as a salad dressing or a condiment for burgers, sandwiches, or fries! Easy to make and yummy to use!
More Delicious Homemade Dressings
- Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip – so easy
- Tzatziki Sauce (Yogurt Cucumber Dip) – so fresh
- Italian Dressing – makes a great marinade too
- Blue Cheese Dressing – great on wedge salad
- Honey Mustard Dressing – So flavorful!
Thousand Island Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Whisk until smooth.
Refrigerate up to 10 days.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)