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Thousand Island Salad Dressing – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Whether you’re dressing up a salad or slathering it on a burger, Thousand Island brings a punch of flavor that’s downright irresistible. Creamy mayo meets tangy ketchup along with the pop of diced pickles and a sprinkle of zesty onions in this recipe for Thousand Island salad dressing.

Close up on small pitcher with sweet and savory salad dressing

Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Want to know how to make your own Thousand Island dressing? It’s still a popular dressing for good reason. Thousand Island was the salad dressing most often seen on the table in my childhood.

And while this zesty-sweet old-fashioned dressing will never replace our beloved ranch, it’s nostalgic for me. Whenever it’s on hand, I can’t resist using it.

Did you know that you can turn Thousand Island salad dressing into Russian dressing? Add ½ teaspoon of plain or sweet paprika and 2 teaspoons of horseradish to the recipe below. Feel free to adjust both to taste.

We use Thousand Island or Russian dressing on these Reuben Sliders and in this Corned Beef Dip. Both of which disappear about as quickly as I can serve them!

Salad dressing poured over fresh salad with tomatoes and bell peppers

What Is In Thousand Island Dressing?

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • yellow onion
  • sweet pickle relish
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • lemon juice
  • kosher salt
Mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt combined in a glass bowl with whisk

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine.

Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. For best results, allow the dressing to rest in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, to allow the flavors to meld, before serving.

Ingredients whisked together in glass bowl

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Sweet and slightly tangy, this creamy poppyseed dressin has had a regular home in our refrigerator for several years. Easy to make and adaptable as can be, this is the best poppy seed dressing I’ve ever tasted.

Dressing in small serving pitcher

This Bang Bang Sauce has become one of our go-to dips for roasted vegetables over the past year or so. It’s creamy, tangy, sweet, and just a little bit spicy.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette is light, sweet, and tangy with just enough oil to coat a salad and not leave it soggy. This vinaigrette is part of my very favorite summer salad recipe, my sister Jenny’s Orange Parsley Salad.

This Cafe Rio copycat recipe for Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing is creamy, tangy, and just the teeniest bit spicy. It’s perfect for drizzling over salads or tacos, or for dipping fresh vegetables.

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Servings: 12 (2) tablespoon servings

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  • Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine.

  • Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. For best results, allow the dressing to rest in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, to allow the flavors to meld, before serving.

Want to turn your Thousand Island dressing into Russian dressing? Add ½ teaspoon of plain or sweet paprika and 2 teaspoons of horseradish. Adjust both to taste.

Calories: 133kcal · Carbohydrates: 2g · Protein: 0.2g · Fat: 14g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 0.03g · Cholesterol: 8mg · Sodium: 216mg · Potassium: 16mg · Fiber: 0.04g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 56IU · Vitamin C: 0.4mg · Calcium: 3mg · Iron: 0.1mg

Sweet and savory dressing poured over fresh salad with tomatoes

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