This is unlike ANY Thousand Island Dressing you will find in a bottle. Homemade is the way to go!
I will confess, I have never been a lover of Thousand Island Dressing. That was until now.
I make a lot of Reuben themed recipes. We love them, but I typically left the dressing off of them. Feeling like I was cheating and not getting the whole experience.
Why Is It Called “Thousand Island Dressing?”
If you ever wondered why it is called Thousand Islands dressing, then the mystery is no more! Thousand Islands dressing is actually named after an area in upstate New York which is a cluster of little islands in the St Lawrence River at the border with Canada. It is a stunning area, especially in the Fall! The dressing was invented by a fisherman’s wife, but once a famous actress of the day passed in on to the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria, then history was made!
I think I was never a fan of the store bought stuff or the messy dressing container at the restaurant salad bars because it was either too sweet or felt it sat out too long in the salad bar.
Once I tried making homemade though, that quickly changed. Homemade tastes fresh, and not too sweet, and of course you know it hasn’t sat out too long.
What Does Thousand Island Dressing Go With?
Of course, thousand island dressing goes on top of salads, or makes a convenient dip for veggies or just about anything. But, where thousand island dressing really makes a statement is anything and everything Reuben. A Reuben sandwich stacked high with corned beef just isn’t the same without the thousand island dressing in there.
I made this up when I made Reuben Pinwheels, I used it in the pinwheels itself as well as a dipping sauce. Holy smokes, was it amazing.
My kids were eating it with a SPOON.
I will never buy the bottled stuff again.
What Goes Best With Thousand Island?
There are dishes like Reuben sandwiches which demand Thousand Island, then there are things just like veggies that taste better with it, like raw broccoli. I like to “reubenize”. Instead of trying to explain it to you, I think it is best if I just shower you with some examples:
- Reuben Pot Pie
- Reuben wonton purses
- Reuben mac and cheese
- Reuben breakfast sandwiches two ways
- Reuben dip
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup chili sauce
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced onion
- 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 hard boiled egg, finely chopped
- fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate covered and use within 2 days.
Original Recipe: Food Network
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1287Total Fat: 127gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 103gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 2894mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.