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Top down shot of a bowl of homemade thousand island dressing with a spoon sticking out.

Thousand Island Dressing

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 1 cup
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: American


A delicious Thousand Island Dressing recipe that is packed with flavor, but not-too-sweet. Perfect for a reuben or your favorite salad!


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (reg. or dairy-free)
  • 23 tablespoons ketchup
  • 23 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place ingredients in a bowl, whisk to combine.
  2. Taste and adjust any flavors, as desired.
  3. If possible, place in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight before use, but you can also use it right away, if you need to. The flavors just seem to develop a bit more if it can sit overnight. 


  • Sweetness: we tested this with Simply Sweet Heinz Ketchup and the resulting sweetness was great – of course if you use an unsweetened ketchup the resulting overall sweetness will be much less. If you find you need additional sweetness, add 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar or coconut sugar at a time until you have reached your desired touch of sweetness.
  • Thin Out: if you find you need this thinner to pour on a salad, simply add in a tablespoon of water and mix again. Repeat as needed.
  • Dairy-Free: use a dairy-free sour cream.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 69
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 175.6 mg
  • Fat: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.5 mg