Homemade Thousand Islands Salad Dressing Recipe

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.

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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.

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Homemade Thousand Islands Salad Dressing Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 /4 cup
Author: Steve Cylka


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • few drops Worcestershire sauce
  • few drop hot sauce (ex: Tabasco)


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together.
  2. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Use on a salad, burger, sandwiches or even as a dip.

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