As with many recipes (if not most), a Thousand Island Dressing Recipe has many variations.
This salad dressing is a variation of Russian salad dressing (which often contains yogurt and more chili sauce or ketchup).
This delicious salad dressing is not only used on salads, but it is excellent as a vegetable dip.
Often people use it as a sandwich spread, as well.
Some people have told me the name of the dressing is because the tiny pieces of pickle (or pepper) makes it look like there are a thousand little islands in the dressing. I don't believe that is where the name came from.
From what I have read, a lady by the name of Sophia LaLonde invented it about 1910. Mrs. LaLonde lived in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York. So I believe the salad dressing is named after that region.
There are two recipes for Thousand Island on this page. The first is as close to the original version as I know (Mrs. LaLonde's recipe).
The second is one that has been used at the restaurant for many years and is a little more like most recipes for this dressing today.
But neither recipe is "bright" orange, as you often see in grocery stores today.
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Makes 1 quart
Preparation time: 15 minutes. Makes approximately 40 servings (2 tablespoons each)
(For carb counters, each serving of 2
tablespoons is about 2 carbs)
Enjoy your Thousand Island Dressing as a sandwich spread, a dip with veggies or on a salad or ...as I was first introduced to it (many years ago), on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. (The “wedge” is back, of course). :-)
"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films."