This homemade Thousand Island dressing comes together in 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients. It’s thick, delicious, and perfect on your next salad.

A plate of salad with Thousand Island Dressing on it.
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  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for thousand island dressing.

Ingredient notes

  • Pickles: Sweet pickle relish sounds like an easy substitute, but it’s too heavy and wet in this dressing. Not recommended.
  • Ketchup: Some recipes use chili sauce (such as Heinz chili sauce), so feel free to substitute that if you prefer.

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, pickles, ketchup, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to taste (I like ½ teaspoon). Use immediately or refrigerate up to 4 days.
A plate of Thousand Island Dressing.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 ½ cups dressing or 12 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
  • Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • More mix-ins: If you love an extra-chunky dressing, stir in 4 minced green olives (with pimientos) and/or 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley.
A plate of salad with Thousand Island Dressing on it.

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A salad with thousand island dressing on it.

Thousand Island Dressing

This homemade Thousand Island dressing comes together in 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients. It's thick, delicious, and perfect on your next salad.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 12 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 136

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup bread and butter pickles finely chopped (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (see note 2)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt optional

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, pickles, ketchup, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to taste (I like ½ teaspoon). Use immediately or refrigerate up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. Pickles: Sweet pickle relish sounds like an easy substitute, but it’s too heavy and wet in this dressing. Not recommended.
  2. Ketchup: Some recipes use chili sauce (such as Heinz chili sauce), so feel free to substitute that if you prefer.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 ½ cups dressing or 12 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
  4. Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. More mix-ins: If you love an extra-chunky dressing, stir in 4 minced green olives (with pimientos) and/or 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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  1. How do restaurants keep their lettuce so crisp? In many steakhouses they serve a “mixed” salad, the ingredients are chopped finely…what ingredients would you suggest to make this type of salad?

    1. Hi Barclay! So in some restaurants, they keep cut Romaine in water in the walk-in fridge and bring out smaller amounts for service. At home I just rinse, pat dry, and store in a ziplock with a paper towel. If it’s in a container, I put a damp paper towel in there. Hope this helps! – Meggan

  2. I’d almost forgotten about Thousand Island dressing, seems it used to be way more popular than now, but anyway, needed some for St. Patrick’s Day reubens I’m making, so tried this, and it was better than any I remember tasting in the past. I’d not have thought to put it on burgers, but I have some left, so will try that next. Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

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