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