Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

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Cathy Nunn


My mom showed me how to make this great old standard salad dressing when I was a kid! She mixed the mayo, ketchup and Worcestershire together and used that, but I added the other ingredients... Now, I make my own salad dressing all the time! It's just better when it is made fresh!

I do a lot of my cooking by "eyeball method"...Rarely do I measure anything, so I tried to be as accurate here as I could.


★★★★★ 2 votes

Makes a lot!-- nearly 3 cups
15 Min


  • 2 c
    mayonnaise (don't use a miracle whip type of dressing... use only mayo!) fat-free is okay
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/3 c
    fine minced onion (put in your electric chopper for a few seconds)
  • 2 tsp
    minced bell pepper (place in the chopper with the onions)
  • 1/3 c
    sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 c
    worcestershire sauce (may need a bit your taste)
  • 1 tsp
    fine minced capers (optional) (also in the chopper)

How to Make Thousand Island Dressing


  1. First, I recommend you have a small electric chopper. These are worth their weight in gold! Place your onion, bell pepper and capers (optional)in the chopper and pulse for a few seconds. Using a rubber spatula, scrape contents of chopper into a mixing bowl. Measure out 2 cups of mayo and mix well. Add Worcestershire Sauce. Then add your sweet relish. If this mixture is too thick, you may add a little milk (skim milk is okay)to get the desired thickness. (You can also use plain soy milk if you wish.)
  2. Put in a jar with a tight fitting lid or dressing cruet and refrigerate until serving. Keep well chilled. This works great as a veggie dip too!

    Note: Try some of this on your next homemade hamburger... What do you think McDonald's "Special Sauce" is? ;-)
  3. Bon apetit' Y'all!

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About Thousand Island Dressing

Course/Dish: Dressings
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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