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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing | Magnolia Days

Thousand Island is one of my husband’s favorite dressings. When it comes to a “regular” salad he will choose it or Ranch. Regular salad being a simple one with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Sometimes cheese and grilled chicken are on there too. I’m more of a vinaigrette gal. The only time I use 1000 Island is on a turkey reuben. Because I prefer homemade I finally got around to making it. It was about time. No more store-bought.

This dressing is thick and a little tangy. You could make it milder if you use more mayonnaise (probably a 1/4 cup or so) or reduce the amounts of some of the ingredients. Like any dressing, you can adapt it for your taste. A little more of this or a little less of that can make a difference. I have fun in the process. Sometimes it takes me a few times before I get it exactly how I want it. Then my tastes change or I want to use it for something else and the experimenting beings.

Is it worth making it at home? Of course it is. It does take more time than opening a bottle. However, the flavor is what it is all about. Any salad or sandwich is better with homemade dressing. Being able to customize it to your own taste is a bonus. I still have a few more to tackle too. Well, more than a few actually.

What’s your favorite dressing? Let me know and perhaps I will feature it in a future post. I really like the inspiration. Who knows, I might discover a new favorite too.

Thousand Island Dressing

A recipe for homemade Thousand Island Dressing or 1000 Island Dressing. Mayonnaise, chili sauce, pickles, and more are used to make a tangy dressing for a classic salad.
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Renee


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle cubes
  • 3 round dill pickle slices about a tablespoon
  • 1/2 X 1 1/2-inch slice roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 hard-boiled egg yolk
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, chili sauce, ground mustard, lemon juice and vinegar until combined.
  2. In a small chopper or food processor, add the sweet pickle cubes, dill pickle slices, roasted red bell pepper, capers, onion, and egg yolk. Process until finely chopped.
  3. Add chopped mixture to the mayonnaise mixture. Season with fresh ground pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve as a salad dressing or sandwich topping. Refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for homemade Thousand Island Dressing or 1000 Island Dressing. Mayonnaise, chili sauce, pickles, and more are used to make a tangy dressing for a classic salad.

Recipe created by using inspiration from three recipes on, Food Network/Ina Garten, and Food Network Kitchens websites.

Recipe Rating


Monday 12th of June 2017

I've seen several recipes that call for "chile sauce". What exactly is that? Is it bottled hot sauce . . or is it like a Western kind of sauce like for chile dogs. Hmmm . . .

Katie Moseman

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Hey Chrys,

Sorry it took a little while! I got in touch with Renee, the original author of this recipe, and here's what she said:

"Here’s a link to the product on Amazon. It should be available in most supermarkets in the ketchup section."

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.




Monday 29th of April 2013

Would love a blue cheese and garlic vinaigrette. Used to eat something like this in San Diego at a place called the Silver Dollar.

Wooden bowl Mince garlic and salt in bowl, then add other ingredients to complete dressing then add lettuce etc. and salad is done. Bowl smells wonderful after multiple re-makes in the same bowl.


Monday 29th of April 2013

Oh yes! A blue cheese and garlic vinaigrette sounds wonderful to me too. I'll get to working on that one.

Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday

Sunday 10th of February 2013

Growing up we always made our salad dressings, no store bought. But that's not to say they were anything great - to the contrary. My Thousand island dressing was: mayo/ketchup/relish - BLAH!

Since I too love Thousand Island on Reuben Sandwiches, next time, I'll be making your version! Looks wonderful! Cheers Renee!


Monday 11th of February 2013

Thanks Eileen. How interesting you always made your own salad dressings. It is rare to see that these days.

Anita at Hungry Couple

Friday 8th of February 2013

I only eat homemade dressings and I love playing around with the ingredients and seeing how it affects the flavor. This sounds great!


Saturday 9th of February 2013

Thanks Anita!

Linda | The Urban Mrs

Thursday 7th of February 2013

How lovely! I love homemade salad dressing. That way I can control the portion (because I know all the ingredients) and the saltiness. Can't wait to have this....croutons, please. :)


Saturday 9th of February 2013

Oh yes! Crunchy croutons are a must. I love making them from day old bread.