Thousand Island Salad Dressing
2013 – Gluten Free Living
This is a fantastic Thousand Island Salad Dressing recipe! Years ago I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and knew I wanted to try it. I set the recipe aside for YEARS before finally getting around to trying it. When I did I was amazed by the taste and texture.
On top of that it has just a handful of ingredients. The only thing that takes a little time is hard boiling the two eggs. If you’ve already hard boiled some eggs for other purposes and can snag two from another batch so much the better.
Yes, I know this isn’t as healthy as vinegar and oil, but I love Thousand Island Salad Dressing, and this Taste of Home recipe is a great alternative to store bought brands filled with high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and other garbage, although you will have to hunt for Chili Sauce and mayonnaise that doesn’t have any of that in it.
It’s very easy to make, so if you prefer making your own salad dressings this is one to add to your collection. To make this really healthy you will have to make your own mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip) and find a chili sauce (or make your own) that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients. Even as it is, the recipe is delicious. You will love it served over salad if you like Thousand Island Salad Dressing.
When I originally posted this recipe in June 2012, it was right after I started my blog. I remade the recipe that first year and took better pictures, but they still weren’t taken with my Canon so they weren’t as nice as I would have liked.
I recently remade this recipe (February 2016) for a family that had a Leap Year baby! I served it with Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Leeks, Apples & Pears and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Almond Bread since they have a child with gluten intolerance. I’ve included better pictures so you can see how delicious this salad dressing is to make. I’ve included the salad recipe as well, in case you want to repeat it, but this dressing can go on almost any combination of salad.
Thousand Island Salad Dressing is a great recipe to go with any tossed salad combination.
For those who like to dip their salad ingredients in dressing, it works great that way, too.
Here’s a close up of the dressing so you can see the texture.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Get the eggs boiling right away. Cover eggs with water. Replace lid. Once water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low/medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat immediately and run cold water over eggs. Crack shell and remove. Peel and dice eggs, then add to a mixing bowl.
Measure out Miracle Whip and place in small mixing bowl. Add chili sauce, diced green onions, regular onions (Yes, this recipe uses both kinds of onions), salt and paprika.
Stir ingredients to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve: place salad ingredients on a plate. Top salad with Thousand Island Salad Dressing.
This salad dressing is so refreshing. Serve it with any combination of tossed salad ingredients including just plain lettuce.
Thousand Island Salad Dressing is so quick and easy to make up. After the eggs have boiled this recipe only takes about 5 minutes!
This recipe makes a spectacular dip for veggies, too.
Here’s the recipe.
THOUSAND ISLAND SALAD DRESSING
(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Annual Recipes Cookbook, 2001)
- 1 cup [url href=”http://www.hellmanns.com/” target=”_blank”]Hellmann’s[/url] mayonnaise or [url href=”http://www.kraftrecipes.com/products/miracle-whip.aspx” target=”_blank”]Miracle Whip[/url] (I used ½ cup of each)
- ¼ cup chili sauce
- 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 4 ½ tsp. finely chopped onion
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. salt
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate until serving.
- Serve over salad greens.
- Yield: 1 ½ cups.
- 2 bags butter bliss lettuce
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1 cucumber, sliced or quartered and sliced
- 1/3 cup matchsticks carrots
- 1 small zucchini, sliced or diced
- 1 small yellow squash, sliced or diced
- about 2 oz. miniature pepperoni
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Layer in order, toss, and serve with dressing.
This is the best tasting Thousand Island Salad Dressing I’ve ever eaten.
If you like Thousand Island Salad Dressing you will love this recipe!