• Makes 1
  • 5 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 3 Ingredients


Thousand Island dressing is one of the easiest, most funky sauces that work amazingly on burgers and in salads alike!

What is Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island Dressing is an American condiment sauce.

According to trusty Wikipedia, is based on mayonnaise and can contain ingredients like ketchup, tomato puree, cream, vinegar, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, chilli sauce, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, or Tabasco sauce! Wow, that’s a lot. Our recipe here only contains three ingredients – mayo, tomato ketchup and pickle relish. Each of the ingredients is combined in equal parts (1:1:1) and boom! You’ve got a homemade Thousand Island dressing!

Also according to Wikepedia, which cites the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, the name for Thousand Island dressing came from the Thousand Islands region, which is a place in the upper St. Lawrence River between the United States and Canada. The more you know! There are now plenty of variations on Thousand Island dressing, and no wonder why – it’s so easy and tasty! It’s often called a “secret sauce” or “special ingredient” in numerous burger joints (including Maccas and Subway!) or salad shops.

What do you use Thousand Island dressing for?

So we know you can put Thousand Island dressing on burgers or drizzled over a fresh salad, but what else can you do with it? Our family friends love to make a simplified version of these already simple recipe for dipping our Easter or Chrismas prawns in. Just mix equal parts mayo and ketchup and you’ve got a tangy, pink, yummy sauce for seafood! You can also make Thousand dressing as a dipping sauce or dip, if you thicken it up a bit! Other inclusions of Thousand Island dressing can be in sandwiches, with crackers, with a platter, and easily made vegan by swapping out the mayo for a vegan mayo like Vegenaise!

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup pickle relish (the mustard variety is the best to give that kick!)


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.


Serve with salad and great with prawns.

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