Russian dressing and Thousand Island dressing are often confused because both begin with a base of mayonnaise and ketchup or ketchup-style chili sauce, which results in a pink salad dressing. But where Thousand Island is a bit sweet and studded with pickle relish, Russian dressing is on the spicier side, with a hint of heat from horseradish and hot sauce. For more information about salad dressings and tips on making them from scratch, see our Homemade Salad Dressing Primer.
I love making my own salad dressings and this Homemade Thousand Island Dressing is no exception. It is perfect in every way! Whether you call it Russian Dressing, 1000 Island, or Thousand Island....you won't ever feel the need to by store bought again.