Authentic Thousand Island Dressing

    25 mins

    Many variations of this recipe exist, but this version has been a favourite in Alexandria Bay, NY (the Heart of The Thousand Islands) for nearly 50 years.

    98 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 3 eggs
    • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 1 pinch ground cloves
    • 1 quart mayonnaise
    • 3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
    • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
    • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the chopped eggs, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, vinegar, cloves, mayonnaise, relish, olives and red pepper until evenly blended. Chill and serve spooned over fresh greens. Store in the refrigerator.

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    This recipe proves how a great dressing can become immensely popular and then be ruined by corporate profiteering interests once they start cutting corners. This dressing is NOT the orange colored 1000 Island we are all used to having. The combination of ingredients bring out excellent flavor as a dressing or veggie dip. I use it in my restaurant and customers who don't like 1000 Island love this dressing. Once you try it you'll know why it became so popular and wonder why every brand of 1000 Isle on the market is orange or pink! Dan  -  18 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I grew up in a tiny town in the midwest and we had this cafe run by some woman who is no longer with us and she made the absolutely best homemade thousand island recipe. This is the first recipe I have come across that gets even close to hers. It's really good! I even dip Ritz crackers in it for a quick snack late at night.>. weird huh?  -  12 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I must concur with all the other reviewers. This dressing is wonderful! I used to love 1000 Islnd, but found that over the years the ready made stuff has bvecome too sweet or cloyingly sour. And what is up with the color. So when I ran out of all other dressings at home and saw I had all of the ingtreds to make this, I decided to see how it came out. Well, I really love this! Mine came out slightly pinkish - from the red peppers I guess, The taste is perfect, and even before I had the salad made I was dipping veggies into it. Only additions were salt. a smidge onion powder (1 tsp.) and black pepper. Thanks, Local 1000 Islander!  -  20 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)