Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

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Homemade thousand island dressing is great tossed with salad leaves but nothing beats it as the “secret sauce” on your burger. Yesssss. You gotta try it! Our Salad Dressing topic is brought to you by Stonyfield Organic. Oh, how we love rich and creamy yogurt!

Thousand Island Dressing

I’ll admit that I’m not a huge thousand island dressing fan. Or at least, not a fan when it’s on a salad. But I truly love it on other things, like on a burger or spread onto a ham sandwich. It’s killer. The creamy tang cannot be beat.

It’s a pretty basic mixture made of mayonnaise (sometimes I sub in yogurt to make it healthier), ketchup, sweet pickle relish (or chopped up bread and butter pickles), a few seasonings and a little blast of hot sauce. I think the reason it works well on sandwich-type things is that it has that creamy mayo thing going on and then a touch of sweetness and heat. So it adds a few things without being complicated.

It’s worth noting that thousand island dressing is pretty similar to Marie Rose sauce, sometimes called seafood sauce or cocktail sauce in the UK. This is the stuff that Brits put on their shrimp cocktail, thus different from here in North America where we use a mixture of ketchup and horseradish sauce. Ohhhhhhh….I just invented brilliance in my head. What if we mixed together the two, like, made the thousand island dressing recipe below and then added horseradish to it? Gotta go make this right now. Bye! Enjoy!

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Thousand Island Dressing

Yield: Yield: 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp. apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco


  1. Measure all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until it is an even pink color.
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