thousand island dressing

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What is it about Thousand Island dressing that makes everything taste so much better? We could put that stuff on everything. From dousing corned beef and coleslaw to dipping fries, Thousand Island is where it’s at.

It's a debate about where and when this creamy condiment was invented. Some say it was in the 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada. Others swear it was a product of the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. Either way, it’s no secret that just about every “secret sauce” out there is a variation of 1000 Island. Sometimes you’ll find pickles in it and sometimes hardboiled eggs, but no matter what variation you decide to dip your celery stick in, it Thousand Island is one of the most versatile condiments. There's something about the marriage of ketchup and mayonnaise that just makes sense.

Here's a simple version of homemade Thousand Island dressing that you can bring to your next cookout along with a crudité platter. Or you can just bathe in it, like Paul does.

BBC's Thousand Island Dressing


  • 1 pint mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine mayo and ketchup and mix thoroughly. Add in rest of ingredients and mix until evenly distributed.

Need a visual? Watch us make it.