Quick and Easy Thousand Island Dressing

I was going to hold this one back for the slowly-coming-along cookbook, but the rabbit stew recipe I made earlier this week, while delicious, was not so attractive on the plate.  We’re running out to visit our friends at Whitefeather Meats again this Saturday (they’re having a sale – 6 week dry-aged, grass-fed prime rib roasts for $10.99/lb; who could pass that up???), and I’ll pick up another bunny and give it a whirl again.

At any rate, Thousand Island Dressing is probably one of the most popular salad dressings, at least here in the U.S.  It was certainly the only one I cared for as a kid, and the same can be said of most people, I think (it’s hard to find a 10-year-old that will swill down a Caesar dressing with real anchovies), and why not?  It’s sweet and tart and creamy – and the commercial versions are loaded with sugar and industrial seed oils, to say nothing of preservatives and other questionable ingredients.  But that’s okay, because it’s really pretty easy to recreate a real-food version of it at home.

A genuine Thousand Island can contain a myriad of ingredients: Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, cream, Tabasco sauce, onions, bell pepper, olives, pimento, hard boiled eggs, plus many more.  However, if you’re in a hurry, or simply don’t have everything to make it truly “authentic,” you really only need four ingredients to recreate that tasty pink stuff that comes in a bottle on the grocery store shelf.

Yes, just four.  And not only will it be delicious, it will contain about half the carbohydrates (and sugar) of a commercial dressing and be devoid of soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, xantham gum, Polysorbate 60, Phosphoric acid, artificial colors, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium EDTA, “natural” flavors (i.e. monosodium glutamate), or Yellow #5, all of which are present in commercial versions.

Note:  This contains my version of Miracle Whip and my homemade ketchup, so it does have small amounts of natural sugars.  You can sub homemade mayonnaise and my friend Alex’s Kirby Ketchup, along with the chopped dill pickles (I used homemade garlic dills), and it will be Whole30 complaint.

Quick and Easy Thousand Island Dressing

Quick and Easy Thousand Island Dressing

Serves: 16
  • 1 cup [url href=”http://www.janssushibar.com/miracle-whip/”]Better Than Miracle Whip[/url]
  • 6 tablespoons [url href=”http://www.janssushibar.com/monday-ketchup/”]Ketchup[/url]
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.
  2. Nutrition (per serving): 118 calories, 12.4g total fat, 17mg cholesterol, 61.8mg sodium, 37.4mg potassium, 1.8g
  3. carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 1.4g sugar, <1g protein.

10 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Thousand Island Dressing”

  1. Quick and easy, awesome! It has that dressing sheen to it, haha.
    I don’t think I ever actually had Thousand Island dressing before, actually!

    1. Oh, I’m willing to bet you’ve had it – you just don’t realize it. It’s popular on Reuben sandwiches here in the States, but if you’ve ever eaten a Big Mac, you’ve had 1000 Island Dressing – it’s their “secret sauce.”

      It’s funny, because it occurred to me after I’d posted this that the reason it was so quick and easy is because I have homemade mayo (or the MW version) and homemade ketchup in my fridge, well, always. It might no be so easy if you have to make all of the ingredients first!

  2. Thousand Island totally was my favorite dressing as a kid! I’ll have to give this a try sometime, once I am brave enough to try making my own mayonnaise!

  3. You just made my whole year!! Thousand Island has always been my favorite dressing but I haven’t had it in over a year, since I changed my diet. I’m so excited–thank you!!

  4. I still have some grass fed corned beef in the freezer that is dyin to meet your dressing! Wanna get messy? :d

  5. I’m not a huge fan of thousand island dressing on salads but it is great on a hamburger! I had a couples BBQ for a friends wedding shower and we did hamburgers and hot dogs with a condiment bar and this was a hit! They (and myself) all enjoyed it.

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