Saturday, April 21, 2012

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

We haven't been eating very many fresh greens lately and I have been craving a salad.  My husband's favourite salad dressing is Thousand Island, and we didn't have any (well, technically we do actually have a bottle in the fridge that I have not yet removed although it expired months ago--we don't eat a lot of salads when it isn't barbecue season).  I really wanted to have a salad tonight with supper, so I looked up homemade thousand island style dressings online, and combined a few to make this.  It's super easy and it tastes just as good (if not better, with a bit more oomph!) than the bottled variety.

Some day maybe I'll really make it from scratch with homemade mayo and ketchup but for now, I'll do it the easy way, with the Hellmann's and Heinz varieties.  The great thing about this dressing is I can pretty much guarantee you have everything you need in your house right now!

Thousand Island Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp sweet pickle relish
1 tsp finely minced onion (I used Epicure 3 Onion Dip Mix to make it even easier)
2 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
a couple shakes of salt
some freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together in a bowl until smooth and creamy and spoon over a fresh salad, in this case, romaine lettuce, diced red onion, grated carrot, and walnut.  Yum.  I love pantry staples turned into something easy and yummy!

This post is shared with Homestead Barn Hop #59 at The Prairie Homestead.


  1. Yum, looks good and easy! You could try it with greek yogurt instead of mayo to up the healthy factor. Can't wait to make it :)

    1. Thanks Pam! Yes, I was a little concerned about the blatantly unhealthy nature of this one; I usually stick to balsamic vinegar and olive oil but Craig likes a "real" dressing and I do enjoy the taste of Thousand Island (especially in grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches!). Let me know how it goes with the yogurt and I will try it too! My guilty secret is that I actually really, really love mayo. Not healthy at all, but I adore it. :)

    2. I didn't like thousand island dressing until we started getting the yogurt based kind from the grocery store, I can't wait to try making some myself once our current bottle runs out! I am also a big fan of the ol' balsamic and olive oil dressing, I like to put a little maple syrup or dijon mustard in to dress it up a little when I feel like it's getting a little predictable :)

    3. Love the maple syrup and or dijon mustard idea. And I didn't realize you could get bottled dressing made with yogurt. What brand is it?

  2. Not a huge fan of thousand island but I am sure your homemade version would be yummy!

  3. This looks really good! I know mayo might not be the healthiest, but making your own homemade version has got to be healthier for you than buying a bottle of it :)

    1. Thank you for your comment! I like to think it may be a little healthier to make it myself, and at least it is a lot less expensive and you don't end up making loads of it so you can just make what you need for a couple of salads and you don't leave it to go bad in the fridge, much like I did with our last purchased bottle. :)


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