Thousand Island Dressing

by Phoebe Green
Bowl of Thousand Island dressing

There are quite a few legends and stories about the origin of Thousand Island Dressing. For example, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York claims that their Maître d’Hôtel Oscar Tschirky has put the dressing on the menu as instructed by George Boldt, a resident of the Thousand Islands.

That much is clear, the salad dressing or sauce has been named after the Thousand Islands, a region at the frontier between the USA and Canada, in the St. Lawrence river. At least since the 50s of the last century, Thousand Island Dressing got on a roll and became one of the most-liked sauces or salad dressings worldwide.

Bowl of Thousand Island dressing

Thousand Island Dressing

Phoebe Green
Thousand Island Dressing is a popular dressing that's perfect for any kind of salad. Here's a simple recipe you can do at home.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 88 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • ¼ medium red bell pepper
  • ¼ medium green bell pepper
  • 1 small pickled cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼-½ medium lime juice
  • 1-2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  • Finely mince bell pepper and pickled cucumber and combine with the other ingredients.
  • Let the dressing infuse in the fridge for about 30 minutes.


Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 265mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 688IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
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