Russian Dressing

Homemade Russian Dressing

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 28 servings
Yield: 1 3/4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
59 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 28
Amount per serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 25mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Not-so-Russian after all, Russian dressing is an American staple that goes back many decades to the beginning of the 20th century. Supposedly created in Nashua, New Hampshire, the dressing is a creamy mixture of mayonnaise and seasonings. It has taken on many variations over the years, but has always preserved its pungent and bold flavor, creamy texture, and pinkish appearance. Our easy recipe for Russian dressing takes just 10 minutes to come together, and once you have all the ingredients measured it's just a matter of giving the mixture a good stir. A small amount of prepared horseradish and chili sauce add a kick to our Russian dressing, but if you prefer a milder dressing, use ketchup instead, or go for tomato paste which adds a more concentrated tomato flavor and a hint of sweetness.

This recipe contains eggs from the mayo and fish from the Worcestershire sauce—anchovies are used in the making of most sauces of this type—so be mindful of any allergies present with your guests. To make an egg-free version that can be suited for vegans, swap the traditional mayo for vegan mayo and the Worcestershire sauce for tamari or soy sauce. For a spicier dressing, add hot sauce to taste, or garlic powder or grated onions for extra pungency and texture. Our recipe can be used as a template so you can experiment with the flavors you like the most and the amount of spice that best suits your palate.

Often confused with its close cousin Thousand Island dressing, this recipe has no pickle relish, which is what mainly differentiates the two, besides the fact that Russian dressing is spicier than Thousand Island. This is a great sauce to add to fresh vegetables and salads, but also on sandwiches and wraps. Pour it on cold pasta or potato salads, or serve alongside fries, chips, or baked potatoes wedges. Wherever you need a good smear of savory and creamy flavor, this dressing can give you a hand. The preparation keeps well for up to 2 weeks when kept in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise, or vegan mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce

  • 3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons pimiento, drained and finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons horseradish, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, chopped chives, pimiento, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Blend well.

  3. Taste test and add salt if needed.

  4. If not using right away store in an airtight container in the fridge.

  5. Enjoy!