Vegan Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe

Homemade Thousand Island dressing
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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: about 1 1/3 cups; serves 10
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Just because you're vegan doesn't mean you have to give up on Thousand Island salad dressings, if that's one of your favorites! Just use a vegan mayonnaise to make a homemade vegan Thousand Island dressing. Delish! And, fun trivia fact here, did you know that the "secret sauce" at some American fast food restaurants is little more than a variation of Thousand Island dressing? It's true!

In it's simplest form, Thousand Island salad dressing is little more than a prepared ketchup mixed together in any proportion with mayonnaise and little else. In practice, there's plenty of variation. This one below uses sweet pickle relish to add a bit of sweetness and texture, simply because that's how I like my Thousand Island dressing to be, personally! Depending on your own personal tastes, however, here's a few suggestions for adding in and experimenting with different flavors: For a bit of tang, mix in some Dijon mustard or a little bit of vinegar, for a more refined palate, minced green olives add a nice bite. 

If you're not sure what a vegan is, you'll want to check out this simple vegan definition here, and if you're looking for more vegan recipes, you'll find plenty of vegan recipes here. 

See also: More homemade vegan salad dressings

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise (I like Vegenaise best)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • dash salt
  • 3 tbsp sweet pickle relish (optional, but nice)

How to Make It

In a small bowl, place the vegan mayonnaise, the ketch and the onion powder, salt and sweet pickle relish. Using a large fork or a whisk, whisk together all of the ingredients until your dressing is smooth and creamy and all of the ingredients are well combined. It will take you a few minutes to get the mayonnaise and ketchup to fully blend together and to get rid of any "streaks".

Taste, and adjust the seasonings to taste.


That's it! Enjoy your homemade vegan Thousand Island salad dressing!

Not sure what to do with your Thousand Island dressing? Besides use as a salad dressing or vegetable dip, Thousand Island dressing can be used in place of plain mayonnaise on just about any kind of sandwich, and makes a great addition to any veggie burger as a topping. Enjoy!

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