thousand island dressing recipe with reuben ravioli from cleveland cooking
Sauces and Dressings

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

A Thousand Island Dressing Recipe varies from region to region and house to house. This recipe is a favorite of my family. The thousand island recipe started, from what I have read, in the Thousand Island region, located along the upper St Lawrence River between the United States and Canada. It started with one person and then morphed from there. This recipe is really the one that people make their own! I used to make a thousand island dressing with ketchup, mayonnaise, and relish. Some people call this special sauce or secret sauce. Whatever you want to call it, it is a great dressing for all kinds of recipes!

This Thousand Island Dressing Recipe is a sandwich spread that is used for reubens, burgers, and other sandwiches. We also use the dressing on the Reuben Ravioli Recipe (pictured in the recipe)! But that is not to say you cannot use it on a salad or as a dip for vegetables. We definitely have used it for both!

The brown sugar is optional. We made this recipe without it and it tasted fine. A tablespoon of finely diced onion is the substituted for Onion powder. It tasted great too! I hope that you make your own tradition with this recipe!

Use the thousand island dressing recipe with the reuben ravioli!

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thousand island dressing recipe from cleveland cooking

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

A thousand island dressing recipe varies from region to region and house to house. This recipe is a favorite of my family.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad dressing, sandwich spread, thousand island
Servings: 1 recipe
Calories: 1273kcal


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon finely diced dill pickle
  • ½ teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon worchestershire


  • Combine and mix all ingredients.


Calories: 1273kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 126g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 75g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 2086mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg
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