The Best Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Friday, March 14, 2014
This is the easiest Thousand Island Dressing you can make in minutes in your own kitchen.

I can't tell you how often I have run out of this dressing when I start to make a favorite meal it needs or even an easy tossed salad for lunch that it goes perfectly on.

This is delicious not only as a dressing but a condiment for sandwiches, specialty deli sandwiches, burgers, and hotdogs salads, and excellent for dipping vegetables on a large charcuterie board.

During the St. Patrick's Day holiday be sure to keep some on hand since Thousand Island dressing is so easy to make and it even goes famously with leftover corned beef in a sandwich!

Don't forget to try our favorite style Reuben sandwich that has this wonderful creamy dressing on it.

It is super easy to make and really has a nice flavor on any sandwiches and meats you've prepared.

Scroll down to the recipes card this recipe and also read the ideas on how to use this delicious Thousand Island dressing.

this is a mason jar, whisk and a dish full of homemade Thousand Island dressing

Thousand Island Dressing History

If you ever wondered where the name Thousand Island comes from, you’ll be interested to know that this dressing originated in the Thousand Islands region, an archipelago of 1,864 islands located along the upper St. Lawrence River between the United States and Canada.

The first person who created this dressing remains unknown, so many have a mystery however tour guides will tell you it was the chef of billionaire George Boldt and his wife.

The dressing is widely used in fast-food restaurants and diners in the United States, where it is often called "special sauce" or "secret sauce".

An example of this is In-N-Out Burger's "spread", served on burgers and several "secret menu" items; despite its name, it is a variation of Thousand Island dressing.

this is a white dish of Thousand Island dressing

Basic Ingredients:

  • mayonnaise
  • sweet pickle relish
  • ketchup
  • white vinegar
  • granulated sugar
  • diced onion
  • finely minced garlic
  • ground black pepper 
  • Note: if you don't have sweet pickle relish use dill pickles chopped

this is the ingredients to make Thousand Island dressing with ketchup, mayo, garlic and sweet pickle relish

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this is a colander with lettuce in the background and a bowl of homemade thousand island dressing with a spoon

What To Use Thousand Island Dressing on:

  1. salads
  2. juicy burgers
  3. chicken burgers
  4. black bean burgers
  5. veggie burger
  6. wraps
  7. Rueben sandwiches as shown below

this is a Reuben sandwich with homemade Thousand Island dressing shown for that recipe in this page

Easy To Make Dressing

This Thousand Island Dressing is so easy to make plus it economical and made with just a few pantry ingredients.

Again, it's great on burgers, used as a dip, or of course on your favorite salads.

Made in minutes super simple, delicious, creamy dressing you're going to love it and never buy store-bought again!

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
The Best Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

The Best Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Prep time: 5 Mininactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 5 M
Thousand Island dressing is a very popular American dressing. It has a mayonnaise base with sweet pickles and a few pantry ingredients that make up this special dressing otherwise known as special sauce.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about 1 clove)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Note:  if you don't have sweet pickle relish use dill pickles chopped


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least one hour to enhance and steep flavors.
  3. Store in a mason jar for up to 1 week.
  4. This dressing can be used on:
  5. Of course salads
  6. juicy burgers
  7. chicken burgers
  8. black bean burgers
  9. veggie burger
  10. wraps
  11. Reuben sandwiches



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