For any green salad, enjoy homemade Best Thousand Island Dressing, made with simple ingredients. Delicious on a shrimp louie salad or on burgers!

Friends, creamy, sweet and tangy—Thousand Island Dressing is so good made from scratch. Use it on burgers, Reubens, salads, and more.

Best Thousand Island Dressing

We specifically love this Best Thousand Island Dressing on a Shrimp Louie Salad. You may want to try my Epic Shrimp Louis Salad Board if you’re hosting 8-10 guests! By the way, looking for a good dessert to make for a hot summer night? Try my Low Carb Grilled Peaches with Cashew Streusel recipe!

I’m so happy summer is here! We can’t get enough of these warm days, with pool time, bike rides, and hopefully kayaking soon. Oh, and did I mention that we recently refinished our hardwood floors?

THAT was a chore. Whew!

How to make Thousand Island Dressing

What makes a Shrimp Louie Salad so good? Thousand Island Dressing!

Add these easy ingredients: Garlic, salt, fresh cracked pepper (makes all the difference). Also, mayonnaise, chili sauce, ketchup, white vinegar, onion, and sweet pickle relish. This was my Aunt Lillian’s recipe!

Why do they call it Thousand Island dressing?

Thousand Island Dressing was named in honor of where it was first prepared, Thousand Islands, New York. I guess the story is that in the early 20th century, a fishing guide’s wife, Sophie Lalonde, made it for her husband’s shore dinner. And then the actress May Irwin liked it so much she requested the recipe.

What does Thousand Island taste like?

It’s a combo of a vinegar and tomato flavor, but with a slight sweetness and touch of citrus.

How long does it keep in the refrigerator?

  1. Whisk all ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate covered. Use within for 3 – 4 days (probably longer, if not devoured!)

This summer, center your get-togethers around a beautiful dinner board. Or, salad board—my favorite!

I grew up enjoying shrimp salad from a very young age. It was a treat, not an everyday salad that mom would make.

So friends, summer calls for fresh salads and recipes that are simple, easy for people to assemble themselves, and as casual as sunglasses, flip flops and a spaghetti-strap sundress!

What kind of salad will you be serving to your guests this summer?

Happy Hosting!

More salad dressing recipes here: Quinoa Radish Corn Salad Recipe with Green Goddess Dressing, Best Irish Pub Salad Recipe (with Tarragon Dressing), The Best Homemade Ranch Dressing, and Tangy Honey Lemon French Salad Dressing.

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Best Thousand Island Dressing

Homemade dressing is the way to go! Much better than in the bottle!


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 3 tsp. white vinegar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. onion, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish


  • Whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate covered. Use within for 3 – 4 days (probably longer, if not devoured!)


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