MYO Thousand Island Dressing In Minutes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

RancherMan’s not much of a salad guy. But he knows I’ll be pushing the fresh veggies on him every chance I get. LOL!

Recently I came by a larger quantity of carrots. So in an effort to make sure they didn’t go to waste I blanched & froze quite a few. I also steamed others for supper sides.

Oh, and I also sliced up some raw ones as well. In a sneaky sneak-in-more-veggies move I have a glass container that I keep in the fridge with these sliced carrots. While I’m preparing supper I’ll bring it out for him to snack on.

But he’s not one to snack on carrots without dipping them into a sauce of some kind. And his sauce of choice is Thousand Island dressing.

But then the unthinkable happened – we ran out of the dressing.

(In my best southern belle voice) “Oh gracious, what evah shall I do??”

In only 3 minutes time I can whip up homemade Thousand Island Dressing. Environmentally friendly, healthier and so inexpensive! #TexasHomesteader

Well thankfully, Thousand Island dressing is ridiculously easy to make. I stir in equal parts of homemade sweet pickle relish and homemade mayonnaise, and 1/2 measure of ketchup. 

 Since RancherMan doesn’t typically eat salad I don’t want to make a huge quantity. So today the quantities I mixed up were 1/2 cup each relish & mayonnaise and 1/4 cup ketchup along with a little salt & pepper.

In only 3 minutes time I can whip up homemade Thousand Island Dressing. Environmentally friendly, healthier and so inexpensive! #TexasHomesteader

Not being genetically able to leave a recipe alone I also minced up about 1/4 teaspoon of garlic and about a tablespoon of onion and a minced dill pickle slice.

Hey, the more veggies I can sneak into everyday foods for him the better, right??

I also like to stir in a small amount of prepared mustard since it adds some zing and cuts the dressing’s sweet flavor a bit.

Then I just poured it into the empty Thousand Island dressing bottle.

The salad dressing was replenished, balance was restored and peace reigned once more in our homestead kingdom, with RancherMan happily munching on raw carrots.

Quick & Easy Thousand Island Salad Dressing, comes together in minutes with standard kitchen ingredients. Eat FRESH! #TexasHomesteader

Thousand Island Dressing

Out of Thousand Island Dressing?  No problem, this recipe only has THREE ingredients (although you can add minced onion, pressed garlic or other flavorings if you like.)  Just stir the ingredients together & you're done! #TexasHomesteader

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword salad dressing, thousand island
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • salt & pepper to taste



  1. 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

  2. 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  3. 1 finely-minced dill pickle slice

  4. 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard cuts the sweet & adds some zing, if desired

Mix all together & pour into repurposed container - ENJOY!


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43 thoughts on “MYO Thousand Island Dressing In Minutes

  1. Greg Hill

    Your just to funny ,

    “( In my best southern belle voice) “Oh gracious, what evah shall I do??” ”
    Not into thousand island dressing …But my wife is. Make it for her all the time. Next time I will try the Garlic on her and see what she thinks. She’ll let me know for sure as she’s not much into making food taste changes and has a Japanese Pallet for food. What ever that is…
    Thanks for the recipe .. I didn’t have one usually just throw it together and taste.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      About this salad dressing – making it myself in minutes really does reduce our food waste. RancherMan’s just not a big enough salad eater to go through an entire bottle of Thousand Island and I’m more of an Italian salad dressing gal. So whipping up a smaller batch of Thousand Island like this for him sure keeps us from throwing an entire bottle away when he doesn’t go through it fast enough. And of course another dreaded disposable plastic bottle is eliminated as well. Cheap, delicious & environmentally sound. Win/win! ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Since we don’t eat salads often enough to go through a bottle of dressing, I’m happy to whip up this Thousand Island dressing for him Helene. It lasts through several salads for both of us. ~TxH~

  2. Katy SkipTheBag

    We love Ruben sandwiches, so we use thousand island dressing a lot. I’m glad that we’ll have a make your own alternative now. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  3. Jill

    I love thousand island dressing on sandwiches but I don’t like it out of a bottle. I’m going to have to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    Doused In Pink

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We don’t eat salad enough to go through a whole bottle so this works out so well for us too Jill. I’ve never had thousand island dressing on sandwiches though. hummmm… You’ve got the wheels-a-turnin’ ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Melissa, I used to be very intimidated to try to make things that I used to buy. I mean, if it’s manufactured commercially, it must be tedious and impossible to duplicate. I couldn’t have been more wrong! ~TxH~

  4. elaine

    Yummy!! What a great recipe!! I bet this would be great on a sandwich too!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!!

  5. Joanne T Ferguson

    This is one of my favorite salad dressing and love homemade! Thanks for sharing it at the Say G’day party and if you haven’t already, please feel free to return and say G’day and perhaps meet a new friend along the way! Pinned!

  6. Mila

    Love your saving electricity tips and thousand island dressing is one of my favourites!

    Thanks for linking up this week:)
    Mila (Idea Box)

  7. Danielle

    Wow, I feel so silly for paying $3 for a bottle of dressing that literally has 3 ingredients! Plus the store-bought variety have way more additives anyway. Thanks for sharing this, thousand island is my fav!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thousand Island is RancherMan’s fave too Danielle, but he’s not a big salad eater. I just couldn’t see buying a bottle of dressing that may not be used up by the time he finally goes through that much dressing, so this has worked well for us for several years. Plus it’s easy to customize to whatever suits your palate. ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It’s a great (and QUICK) base option for Thousand Island Dressing. It’s super easy to add other ingredients that you like. It’s super quick & easy to make, very inexpensive and no additional plastic bottle to the landfill! ~TxH~

  8. Stephanie

    Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  9. Pure Grace Farms

    My husband and I were just talking about how I needed to find a good recipe for Thousand Island Dressing to use for our Reuben Sandwiches and here it is 🙂 …great timing! Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from Say G’day.

  10. Angela Parker

    I loved how simple this was! So many people are scared to make their own dressings at home, when really it can be a really easy process. Congrats! You are going to be featured this week at the Sunday Social Bog Hop : ) You can go over and grab a button.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      How exciting Angela! You’re right, it can be really intimidating to take that first step but it’s surprisingly easy to make your own dressings. As in this recipe, I start with a base and just add what we like each time. Works perfectly for us! Thanks for the feature. ~TxH~

  11. Terri Henkels

    Sounds and looks delicious and I know it is because I use to make almost the same thing back in the day. I actually forgot all about it and I love Thousand Island Dressing – I think Ranch is overrated. I am going to have to give your recipe a try – I don’t even know if I still have mine. U think I added chili spice too. Thanks for sharing at the Four Seasons Blog Hop.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Use the recipe as a base and add whatever sounds good to you if you like such as chili powder, minced garlic, minced pickle, etc. I don’t ever make it the same twice but RancheMan loves it every time. ~TxH~

  12. Tracy @ Our Simple Life

    I don’t know why didn’t think of this myself! My husband loves Thousand Island dressing and I never made it for him. Now that you reminded me how simple it is I will be making it this week. I love Coleen’s idea to put 1/4 t. chili powder in it. I bet he would like that since he likes things a bit spicy. Thanks for sharring this!

  13. Joanne

    My daughter really likes 1000 Island dressing – thanks for the recipe idea! I will not make it exactly like you do, but you have given me a place to start 🙂

    Frugal Home and Health

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Absolutely Colleen. It’s been a year or just over so I’ll have to dig out my recipe. I just got in to our last jar so I’ve planted pickler cucumbers so I can make more this year. ~TxH~

  14. ColleenB.~Texas

    Your recipe is almost like the one I use only I add about 1/4 t. chili powder along with about 1 t. Seasoning salt and 1 t. prepared mustard


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