Why buy from the store when you can make your own Homemade Thousand Island Dressing from scratch? You won’t believe how easy it is!
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One of the things that seems to save me the most money in my home, is making my own dressings, condiments and sauces. Not only does the bottled stuff cost a lot more, I find it goes to waste too! I like some variety in my salad dressings, so I often find old bottles in my fridge that expired long before I could use them up. I keep a pretty well stocked pantry, so I often have all the ingredients I have on hand for most of my favorite dressings. The ingredients for Thousand Island Dressing are so simple, you probably have the ingredients on hand too!
Thousand Island Dressing is a great option for my Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad (recipe coming soon!) or just your basic everyday salad! For summer BBQ’s I like to serve salad with a variety of dressings so that everyone can pick a dressing of their choice. I always include Thousand Island Dressing, Ranch Dressing, and Italian Dressing. That normally covers most tastes and preferences!
I keep my dressings in the fridge for 1-2 weeks in pint sized mason jars with plastic screw top lids on them. This keeps them sealed airtight! I love using glass mason jars for storage because they are easy to clean and available just about everywhere!
What Do I Need to Make Thousand Island Dressing?
- Real Mayonnaise: It’s all about the real mayonnaise! Real mayo adds a depth of flavor and doesn’t have the “tang” (read: ew) that the imitation stuff has.
- Ketchup: Everyone has ketchup in their house, right!?
- Relish: I use sweet relish in this recipe, but I’ve used pickle relish with success as well. Just add a little extra sugar.
- Sugar: Just a little bit of sugar to add some sweetness.
- Seasonings: All you need is onion powder, salt, and black pepper!
- Vinegar: A touch of vinegar balances the flavors and helps create the signature thousand island dressing.
Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
- 1 cup Real Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Ketchup
- 2 tbsp. Sweet Relish
- 1 tbsp. Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/8 tsp. Table Salt
- pinch Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp. White Vinegar
- In a small bowl, combine the real mayonnaise and ketchup and mix until well combined.
- Add the sweet relish, sugar, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Add the vinegar and stir gently, until it is fully combined. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
- Allow to chill for 30 minutes if possible, then serve with your favorite salad.