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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

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This homemade thousand island dressing recipe is quick and easy to make with what you probably have on hand and the taste is fantastic. It’s amazing how much better homemade dressings are than bottled. That’s why we love making homemade dressing, dip, and sauce. Plus you know just what’s in them!

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing in a jar on a cloth on the counter.

Thousand island is sweet and tangy, the ultimate sweet and sour combination. And it’s a nod to nostalgia too. It’s a classic! Plus it’s so easy, you’re going to want to keep making it. You can even make it vegan if you start with vegan mayonnaise.

When you make dressing, you know exactly what’s in it and you can avoid a lot of additives and preservatives. For more homemade dressing ideas, check these out:

Thousand Island dressing is great on salads, especially super crunchy lettuce like romaine and iceberg. It’s great to add some tomatoes too. You can also use it as a dip for onion rings, fries, wings, and more. And don’t forget as a sandwich spread. Think Reuben or panini! Yum!. You can also use it as a taco topping.

Spicy thousand island

Add a little sprinkle of cayenne to kick up the spice notes too. Just a quarter of a teaspoon will make this batch delightfully warm. You can also add a diced jalapeno pepper to give it some heat. I love making a favorite recipe and then making variations of it to switch things up.

Another way to zip up the dressing is to use a crushed clove of garlic and 2 teaspoons of grated onion instead of the garlic and onion powder. This gives the dressing an extra fresh flavor. Easier is fine too, it’s whatever you happen to have on hand and how much time you have to spend.

How to make thousand island dressing

These ingredients are all things you probably have. Just dump them in and stir them up. Then let it hang in the fridge for about an hour before using.

ingredients for homemade thousand island

If you don’t have pickle relish, dice up some whole pickles as finely as you can. They will do just fine.

How long does thousand island dressing last?

Keep your homemade Thousand Island Dressing in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a week.

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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Sweet and tangy dressing for salads, dip, sandwiches and more.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade dressing, homemade thousand island, salad dressing, thousand island dressing
Servings: 14
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Christina


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 2 boiled eggs mashed
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp. pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

This recipe makes about 1 pint of Thousand Island dressing.

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