How to Make your Own — Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

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Thousand Island 6Make your own
Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing:

Go ahead and mark Thousand Island Salad Dressing off of your grocery list, because it’s so easy to make your own.



Thousand Island 1You probably already have all the ingredients you will need, they are:

Pickled Relish
Garlic Powder

you can use any brands you want.  I try so hard to cut out High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is one of the reasons for making my own.   I haven’t conquered my own mayo yet.  I have tried some homemade mayo, but it is too thin, and doesn’t last long enough to use for salad dressings and other recipes that will be around for a while.  Still looking for a good one though.  

Thousand Island 3You can measure your ingredients if you like, but honestly, I just like to put it all in a bowl and mix it up.

Start with approx. 2 cups of mayo in a bowl, then add approx. 1 cup of ketchup.  I don’t measure it, but it’s just about half the amount of ketchup to mayo.  In the picture, I think it looks like more ketchup but, that’s because I put ketchup on top of the mayo so you don’t see all the mayo.  Then I use about 1/2 cup of pickled relish.

Thousand Island 5Finally, I add about 1 tsp of black pepper and 1 tsp of garlic powder.

Mix it all up, taste and make adjustments to your liking.

Enjoy now, but it does taste better the next day.

Put it in a jar and store it in the refrigerator.  I like to put the date prepared on the jar.

Thousand Island 6Now isn’t that about the easiest recipe.
You can make it in just a matter of minutes.

No need to run off to the store for salad dressing ever again.
You can make all of your salad dressings.


Thousand Island label and price groupedIf I find myself in a situation where I have to purchase Thousand Island Salad Dressing, I really prefer Ken’s, but guess what, it has HFCS, and you know that is my pet peeve.  So, no more Ken’s.  Gosh, darn it, and that really is the kind I like.  Not only does it have HFCS but, at $3.89 for a 16 0z. bottle, I think we can do much better than that by using what we already have in the pantry.
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Do you have a favorite salad dressing recipe you would like to share?  If so, please leave it in the comment sections.  I will probably give it a try too.


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Hey Y'all, I'm Debra, Southern but not a Charmer - A little bit opinionated, a little bit stubborn, a little bit strong willed, and a little bit witty. Homemaker & Homeschooler - Enjoys Cooking and Crafting but not Cleaning - Never enough time to do it all - Gotta have Coffee, Chocolate, Good Books, Flipflops, and the occasional Sweet Tea- Runner Wannabe - Finding and claiming balance between healthier options for home and body, but not being a slave to those choices. Lover and Follower of Jesus, it's a relationship not a religion.
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4 Responses to How to Make your Own — Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

  1. Jebbica says:

    Thanks for posting this! I like Thousand Island sometimes, but not on salad. I like it more on a burger or chicken sandwich.

    • Debra Debra says:

      I have never tried Thousand Island on a chicken sandwich, that sounds good. I will give it a try sometime. Hubby likes it on burgers because it’s the same as or very close to the “special sauce” on a Big Mac, which he rarely ever has but does like.

  2. lysa says:

    My mom always made this when we were growing up. I had forgotten about it since it is so easy to grab a bottle off the shelf at the grocery store. I’m going to get busy making my own from now on.

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