Thousand Island Dressing

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An absolute classic dressing that few people really make anymore, Thousand Island deserves a place in every kitchen. But instead of buying the tasteless versions from the supermarkets, why not learn how to make your very own?

Don’t forget to make your own Homemade Mayonnaise to use in your dressing! Why not also make Homemade Burgers to test out your thousand island dressing?

Table of Contents
  1. Thousand Island Dressing
  2. The Best Way To Store Your Thousand Island Dressing
  3. How Long Will Your Dressing Last?
  4. How To Use Your Thousand Island Dressing
  6. Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island dressing is one of those sauces that people often love when at a restaurant and see it as a given that they would never be able to make themselves at home.

The name gives the impression that the dressing contains a long list of ingredients and that it would be far too complicated to recreate at home. However, this could not be further from the truth; in fact, you probably already have all of the ingredients that you need to make this delicious dressing in your kitchen.

Even better, there is no secret technique that you have to master in order to recreate the thousand island dressings that you have had at restaurants. All that you need to do is mix your ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

So, rather than waiting until the next time the words ‘thousand island’ appear on a menu to enjoy your favorite dressing, why not have a go at making it yourself and adding it to different dishes?            

thousand island dressing  ingredients in small white bowls

The Best Way To Store Your Thousand Island Dressing

Homemade Thousand Island dressing is best when it is left to sit overnight, as this gives the ingredients a chance to come together. To save on cleaning and mess, it is usually best to mix your dressing in a bowl or container that can be used to store your dressing in the fridge.

If you are planning to use all of your dressing the following day, it does not overly matter how you store it as long as it is covered and refrigerated. For example, a glass bowl covered in plastic wrap will do the job just fine.

However, if you want your dressing to last longer it needs to be stored in an airtight container or jar. Things like glass mason jars or reused jam jars work best for storing your dressing, as their lids are really easy to get off, but still keep a great seal.

Just make sure not to keep your thousand island dressing in anything reactive, like a steel bowl. Though the sauce isn’t especially acidic, if it sits long enough, it will begin to corrode anything metal you put it into, so it’s best to stick to glass.

thousand island dressing ingredients in a clear mixing bowl unstirred

How Long Will Your Dressing Last?

When stored correctly, your thousand island dressing should last for roughly a week in the fridge.

The only thing you might need to deal with is the fact that your Thousand Island dressing might develop a bit of skin on the top of it.

This skin usually happens when the dressing is exposed to oxygen, and is perfectly harmless. In fact, some gross people actually prefer to eat the skin all on its own!

However, to avoid the skin, just make sure that you fill your container up all of the way. If the dressing is going to spend a considerable amount of time exposed to air, like in a half-filled mason jar, consider pushing a piece of plastic wrap over the top of it to help minimize any excess air exposure.

So long as you do that, it’ll last for ages, so why not make a slightly larger batch and enjoy it on different meals throughout the week?

thousand island dressing dripping off a spoon onto a salad

How To Use Your Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island dressing is one of those great sauces that can be used in a variety of different dishes. Here are just a few ways that you can use your dressing!

  • Prawn Cocktail / Shrimp Cocktail

Pair your thousand island dressing with a handful of shrimp and half an avocado and you have yourself a quick, delicious, and nutritious lunch! You can also serve your shrimp and dressing on a bed of lettuce if you’re not a fan of avocados.

  • Burger Sauce

Thousand Island dressing contains three of the most popular burger sauces: mayonnaise, ketchup, and relish. So, since it seems so fitting, it only makes sense that when they are combined, they would be good on a burger!

Use in place of other condiments on the top of your burger, or just as a dipping sauce for fries!

  • On A Salad

Almost any salad is improved with a drizzle of Thousand Island dressing. Thousand Island dressing works particularly well on fishy salads, for example a shrimp salad or a salmon salad. However, it is also perfectly delicious just on some leaves!

Looking for more delicious Salad Dressing recipes? Try these out:

Green Goddess Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

French Dressing

Happy Cooking!




An absolute classic dressing that few people really make anymore, Thousand Island deserves a place in every kitchen.
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Thousand Island Dressing

An absolute classic dressing that few people really make anymore, this zesty Thousand Island Dressing deserves a place in every kitchen.
5 from 1 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sweet pickle relish
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  • In a medium bowl add the mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, salt, and pepper in a bowl and whisk until combined. This is best if left in the fridge overnight and used the next day.
  • Add to your favorite salad as a dressing or as a great vegetable dip!

Recipe Notes

If you enjoy a smoother thousand island dressing you can always use an immersion blender for 10-20 seconds to make it to your favorite texture.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 973kcal, Carbohydrates: 140g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 4967mg, Potassium: 469mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 105g, Vitamin A: 3757IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Beth Coward says

    Great dressing for salad and excellent hamburger sauce5 stars

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