The best homemade Thousand Island Dressing recipe is quick and easy to make in just 5 minutes. Mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, and relish are mixed together to create a tangy sauce. Drizzle this creamy dressing over salads, spread on burgers or sandwiches, or use as a dip!

Tangy homemade dressing is served from a mason jar.

Creamy Thousand Island Dressing

Salad dressing, sauce, or delicious dip… this Homemade Thousand Island can do it all!!

What starts off with a few simple condiments—some mayonnaise, ketchup, and sour cream—gets zhuzhed up a bit with sweet pickle relish, vinegar and garlic. (Much like this Secret Sauce I use on burgers!)

Most store-bought brands are loaded with tons of sugar and unhealthy oils.

But not this one. When you make it at home you can control exactly what ingredients go into your sauce.

Not to mention it actually TASTES much better because of the higher quality ingredients.

This recipe is a no-fail method for achieving an ultra-creamy sauce—and it takes just five minutes. You’ll never resort to the bottled stuff again!

Relish, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Vinegar, Worcestershire, garlic, and

Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise. Duke’s and Hellman’s are the preferred brands. You can also mix it up with Miracle Whip or even a vegan mayo.
  • Ketchup. Any ketchup you have on hand will work.
  • Sour Cream. For the right tang definitely don’t skimp on this. Use Tofutti for a dairy-free alternative.
  • Relish. Sweet pickle relish is best for a classic taste. Dill relish is a good option if you don’t want the added sugar.
  • Worcestershire. A must for the umami flavor thanks to a hint of molasses and vinegar.
  • Vinegar. White wine is recommended, but apple cider vinegar can also be used.
  • Onion. You want it very, very finely minced. Sweet is best but a white onion will work well, too.
  • Paprika. Regular paprika is in this recipe, but you can also mix in smoked paprika for more of a kick.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic cloves create the best results, but ½-teaspoon of garlic powder can be substituted.
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How to Make Thousand Island Dressing

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1. Combine Ingredients

Pour everything into a medium-sized bowl. Save on dishes and use a bowl with a lid if you want to store it for later.

A whisk is used to mix the homemade dressing ingredients.

2. Mix It Well

Use a whisk to stir everything until it is smooth and incorporated well. Avoid a food processor as the ingredients will mash and there will be none of the well-known chunks left in the dressing.

Let the sauce sit in the refrigerator for a few hours and allow the flavors to meld together. Or, serve right away.

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FAQs

What’s the difference between Thousand Island and Russian Dressing?

Russian dressing has a more bold and sometimes spicier taste due to the addition of horseradish.

What’s in Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island Dressing is a combination of mayo and ketchup or tomato paste, relish, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice or vinegar.

Is Thousand Island Dressing keto friendly?

Thousand Island Dressing can be made keto-friendly using ingredients that have no added sugars, especially the ketchup.

Why do they call it Thousand Island Dressing?

This recipe was first created in an area in New York referred to as the ‘Thousand Islands’, hence the name!

Recipe Tips

  • Make it vegan. Use a plant-based mayonnaise, sour cream, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Mince it fine. Avoid big chunks of onion.
  • Sweet is key. Use sweet relish to balance out the tanginess of the dressing.
  • Double it up. Make a big batch with garlic powder and store for up to 1 month.
  • Let it rest. Allowing the dressing to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours gives the flavors a chance to come together.
A salad is topped with thousand island dressing.

What to Serve with Thousand Island Dressing

The real question is what CAN’T you serve it with? Much like a Spicy Sriracha Mayo, this flavor-packed sauce pairs well with a TON of dishes.

It works as a dip with Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer French Fries, or Baked Potato Wedges.

Treat it as a sauce for this Reuben in a Bowl, these Maryland Crab Cakes, or Crispy Zucchini Fritters.

And of course, use it as a salad dressing! You can even swap out the honey mustard in this Chicken Cobb Salad.

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Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

This Thousand Island Dressing recipe is flavorful, creamy, and ready in 5 minutes! Mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, and relish combine to make the perfect dressing or sauce to add a tangy kick to your favorite dishes.
Tangy homemade dressing is served from a mason jar.
Yield 10 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise*
  • ¼ cup sour cream*
  • 3-4 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet relish
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet onion minced
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Combine And Whisk: Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until well combined.
    ¾ cup mayonnaise*, ¼ cup sour cream*, 3-4 Tbsp. ketchup, 2 Tbsp. sweet relish, 2 Tbsp. sweet onion, 2 tsp. white wine vinegar, ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 clove garlic, ¼ tsp. paprika, ¼ tsp. salt
  • Store or Serve: Keep in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours for the best flavor. Enjoy!
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Notes

Prep-Ahead Instructions:
This sauce is best when prepared up to 24 hours in advance to allow the flavors to meld.
Storage Directions:
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if using fresh garlic, or 1 month if garlic powder was used. Freezing is not recommended as separation will occur.
Recipe Tips:
  • Make it vegan. Use a plant-based mayonnaise, sour cream, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Mince it fine. Avoid big chunks of onion.
  • Sweet is key. Use sweet relish to balance out the tanginess of the dressing.
  • Double it up. Make a big batch with garlic powder and store for up to 1 month.
  • Let it rest. Allowing the dressing to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours gives the flavors a chance to come together.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 0.4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 224mg, Potassium: 34mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 166IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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