Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


1-1/2 cups

Updated: Oct. 31, 2023
We love using Thousand Island dressing for salads, dips and sandwiches. It can be made with chili sauce or ketchup, but I like chili sauce because it gives the dressing a little kick. Once you've tried this homemade recipe, you'll never go back to bottled. —Angelia Sukala, Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until blended. Refrigerate two hours before serving.

Thousand Island Dressing Tips

How do you make Thousand Island dressing from scratch?

This Thousand Island dressing is super simple to make from scratch. Just whisk the ingredients together and you're all set. It tastes best if you refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before using.

What is Thousand Island sauce made of?

Traditional Thousand Island dressing, like this one, is a blend of mayo, chili sauce, onion, vinegar, sugar, pickle relish, salt and pepper. If you like this recipe, we think you'll like our other homemade salad dressing recipes, too.

How can I use Thousand Island dressing?

There are plenty of ways to use Thousand Island dressing. Some of our favorite recipes that use up Thousand Island dressing are Monte Cristo sandwiches, Reuben pizza, chef salad and this burger recipe.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 127 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.