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Easy Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Updated on October 12, 2012

Thousand Island Dressing

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Thousand Island Dressing

I love sweet and tangy Thousand Island Dressing. It tastes great on a traditional salad or just a crisp, chilled wedge of lettuce. According to legend, Thousand Island Dressing was created by George Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria (New York) and the Bellevue-Stratford (Philadelphia) while cruising the 1000 Islands of the St. Louis River. Mr. Boldt resided in Boldt Castle atop Heart Island, which is one of the 1000 Islands. One day he was having a luncheon and discovered that he lacked many of the ingredients he needed to make his typical salad dressing, so he whipped up a substitute, which he enjoyed so much, he began serving it in his restaurants. He called it 1000 Island Dressing after the region he was in when he discovered this culinary delight. This recipe is incredible. It is so delicious and it rivals anything you can buy in a store.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Several Servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise, can use light if watching fat
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce, bottled
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. In a medium bowl (glass or ceramic) pour all the ingredients.
  2. Mix together well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to blend. Serve over a salad, a lettuce wedge, or on a sandwich.


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