Ever since I was a little kid, Thousand Islands was always my favorite dressing for a salad. I loved the creamy texture with the combination of sweet and tart. Just like most kids, salad did not thrill me, but with some of this pink colored dressing, I was more than happy to eat it.
I am not sure where the name for this salad dressing comes from, but I assume it is in relation to the Thousand Islands which is on the St. Lawrence River, in between Canada and the United States.
Today, I still enjoy this dressing for salad. I am surprised it has taken me this long to make my own recipe. A few weeks ago, I made the Big Mac Secret Sauce and, ever since, I have wanted to try thousand islands salad dressing. They are similar to each other, with just a few differences.
Thousand Islands dressing is not just great on salads. It is great on a burger (can we say Big Mac!), or on a sandwich. One of the best ways to use this dressing is on a reuben sandwich. Corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese and thousand islands dressing, grilled on a panini press – now we are talking! Totally delicious.
Some people asked what kind of jars I use and where I got them. They are a brand called Weck jars and they can be seen here. They can be contacted for a list of retailers. I love the old style that these jars have with the rubber ring and glass lids. There are steel clips that hold the rings and lids tightly on the jar.
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp sweet relish
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- few drops Worcestershire sauce
- few drop hot sauce (ex: Tabasco)
- Whisk all the ingredients together.
- Store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Use on a salad, burger, sandwiches or even as a dip.