Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Our recipe is the product of one part detective work and one part educated guessing.  I had a Ken’s bottled version and with only 3 tablespoons left in the bottle, I got the inspiration to make my own.  With the bottle in my hand, I selected the listed ingredients I had on hand.  I just guessed at the measurements.  It’s pretty darn good.  So is Ken’s.

 

The Mysterious Origin of Thousand Island Dressing

According to a delightful CBS News televised report, legend has it that the recipe for Thousand Island Dressing is shrouded in mystery.

Watch the video.

Preparation Tip:  Don’t underestimate the preference for “fresh” tasting spices you have on hand for this recipe and others.  If you’ve had any spices in your pantry for over six months, check for a strong, fresh aroma.  Otherwise, it is best to toss and replace.  If you’re on a budget, shop for spices at stores like Winco and also wait for sales.

 

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

This dressing is big on flavor if you use whole mayonnaise and fresh herbs and spices.

Ingredients

In a 4-cup measure or mixing bowl, combine:

1 cup mayonnaise, preferably full bodied and not low-fat

1/4 cup whole sour cream

2 tablespoons chili sauce like Heinz

Add and stir to blend:

2 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. salad oil

1 tsp. dried onion flakes

1 tsp. dried parsley or 2 tsp. fresh, minced

 

The following ingredients are measured “to taste” and imprecise.  Use your judgment.  Start with the smallest amount.

Spices:  chili powder, garlic powder, dry mustard (a pinch), paprika, ground white or black pepper, and salt.  Stir or whisk vigorously to blend well.  At the last, add 2 teaspoons of sweet relish.  Stir.  Turn the dressing into a jar and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s