Thousand Island Dressing: A Fifties Favorite

Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (32 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
54 Calories
5g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 cups (32 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*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.)

When I was a kid (and liked sweet dressings) Thousand Island Dressing was my second favorite after blue cheese (which should never be sweet). But back then it was far easier to get a decent 1000 Island dressing than blue cheese dressing in at the grocery and in restaurants - in fact, it still is although the situation has improved. This version isn't the original (created by Sophia LaLonde at the 1000 Island Inn), which included chives and chopped eggs but no relish or onion. Nevertheless, it's not bad, particularly with burgers and Reuben sandwiches.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce (or ketchup)
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp capers (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Taste and adjust seasonings, then chill for at least 4 hours to meld flavors.