|1000 Island Dressing|
- I love a good thousand island dressing. It’s rich and has so much flavor. My friends and I used to get a wonderful chef salad at the Famous Barr restaurant in St. Louis. All the ingredients were very fresh and top quality. It was topped by a slice of hard-boiled egg with a tiny dab of caviar on top. Wow. The first time I’d tasted caviar. This was served with a very good slice of baguette and butter. Not margarine. Each salad was served with its own little ceramic pitcher of thousand island dressing. It was very thick and seemed especially luxurious poured over the salad. Outstanding. My friends and I worked in the same office and this was a once in a while treat. And what a treat it was.
Thousand Island Dressing with a Kick
1 cup mayonnaise (can use reduced fat mayo)
2 Tablespoons of chili sauce (use catsup if you don’t want the heat)
2 Tablespoons of minced sweet pickle (I use sweet pickle relish they sell for hot dogs to be quicker)
2 Tablespoons minced pimento (I use the pimentos from a jar of “salad olives” because they are already floating freely in the jar)
2 Tablespoon of minced onion (or 1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes)
Mix together the night before to let the flavors develop. This is so much better than the bottled stuff.
All of those minced vegetables are the little “islands”–isn’t that cute?
The most important islands, in my opinion, are the pickles, so if you are pressed for time you can skip the others. The pickles add a lot of flavor. The chili sauce adds a little kick because it has some grated horseradish in it. I like that, but plain catsup adds some tanginess of its own.
You might want to experiment with add-ins to make your own customized version. Here are things you can try adding: chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped green or red bell pepper, and/or chopped black olives. That’s a lot of islands! You can also add sugar, salt, pepper, and/or worcestershire sauce to taste.
If that sounds too complicated, here is a very good recipe at AllRecipes for thousand island dressing that has a good combination of ingredients to try. The photo above is from this recipe.
Besides salads, 1000 island dressing is good on burgers, cheeseburgers, and Reuben sandwiches. It might be good in a wrap too. It’s also a good dip for raw vegetables. Enjoy!