Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing
Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing


1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

2 teaspoons finely diced onion

1/4 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about half of a small clove)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce (optional)

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. Taste and add additional salt if desired. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Serve.

Hack:  Try this dressing on Lemon Herb Chicken Burgers!

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12 Replies to “Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing”

  1. Thank you for sharing this easy and simple thousand island dressing recipe, I think I will give this recipe a try it does not sound like it has anything that would affect my intolerance to gluten


  2. Hey Cynthia,.

    I love your homemade thousand island dressing. It worked well with my mandarin salad.
    The only changes I made were to add 2 more cloves of garlic and to omit the Tabasco. The dressing gave the salad a banging flavor and it’s nutritious too.

    Just to let you know the entire family enjoy this treat.
    Thank you.

    Maxine 🙂

  3. Hi Cynthia,

    I’ll be making your Thousand Island Salad Dressing today to serve with burgers for lunch.  I’m wondering if you can suggest an alternative to apple cider vinegar? I find the smell of it very strong but I’m just not sure what an appropriate substitute might be, or if there even is an appropriate substitute for this recipe? If you could let me know that would be great.

    Thanks in advance! 

  4. Hi Cynthia, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. I’ve seen the recipe for Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing only on Tv Shows and I’ve not been able to take the recipe down. I’ll like to ask, can I add chilli pepper to the recipe? Can I also add my preferences to this recipe? I will surely try this out.

    Many thanks.

    1. The beautiful thing about making this from scratch is that you can add anything you want!  Please let me know what alterations you made and how it came out.

  5. I have never made a salad dressing before since I usually buy it from the grocery store. Didn’t know it is this easy to make one and isn’t that time-consuming. In my opinion, I think it is better to make your own food so that we know what ingredients we put in it ’cause sometimes there are a lot of food additives from grocery-bought foods. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I agree completely.  I like to have control over what I eat so I enjoy making my own dressings!  It’s surprising how quick and easy it is!  

      Thank you for your comments.

  6. This recipe looks so good. I make some awesome homemade burgers that I think this would go amazing with. 

    Next family get together I will whip it up and let you know their thoughts. 

    I will also be sure to share your site with others looking for great recipes online. Thank you

    1. Oddly enough, I just had a burger with this thousand island dressing on it!  I can’t wait to hear what your family thinks of this and I appreciate your sharing.

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