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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce

homemade thousand island dressing

Memories of a Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce Topping

Last week I brought you ‘Salsa Jurvert‘, a Catalan speciality sauce of smashed parsley, garlic, sunflower and basil. Today I made Sofregit, a typical Catalan sauce that is added to dishes at the last stage of cooking. I won’t tell you anything else about it now, just that it is another easy and healthy sauce that adds a ton of flavor to foods. I will post the recipe and details next week!

I am at the last stages of thesis writing (oh la la-yeah!). If all goes well I might even have it finished and sent out within a week, but I have been saying this in the last three weeks, so uhm, bets all out on when it will ‘really’ be done. Writing and thinking hard really builds up an appetite, I have been craving crisp light salads and American food. (Ah yes!) One of my favorite dishes at Tumulty’s Pub when I was a student at Rutgers was the ‘steak house salad’ which is a big wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with Thousand Island Dressing. I have been back to Tumulty’s Pub a few times since and this salad is still on the menu. Just looking at iceberg lettuce I get transformed back in time to fun easy-going student days, stopping into Tumulty’s for a burger and that famous house salad. Maybe writing my thesis brings student memories to the frontal lobe?! Unfortunately, Thousand Island Dressing is not available in France. (Although the Kraft light version is available on for a mere 10 euros with shipping). After a quick Eureka moment, research online and thinking ‘duh’ I made this creamy homemade Thousand Island Dressing with four ingredients in about four minutes.

Why buy those bottled brands when you can make your own healthier and fresh version?

Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce Topping

Four Ingredient Homemade Thousand Island Sauce

Ingredients: (for about 1  1/2 cup of sauce)

  • 4 small gherkins (called cornichons in French)
  • 3/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Putting Thousand Island Dressing Together:

  1. Chop gherkins. homemade thousand island dressinghomemade thousand island dressing
  2. Add the chopped gherkins and 3/4 cup of mayonnaise to a mixing bowl.homemade thousand island dressing
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of tomato juice to the bowl. homemade thousand island dressing
  4. Add two quick dashes of Worcestershire sauce to bowl and mix ingredients well until blended.  homemade thousand island dressing
  5. Serve as a salad dressing, sandwich spread (why not on a Reuben?), hamburger special sauce, shrimp dip. The possibilities are endless! Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce

The Interesting History on the Origins of Thousand Island Dressing :

The origins of this dressing come from the Thousand Islands area, which is a set of more than a thousand islands located where the Great Lakes pour into the St. Lawrence River on the Canadian border. The islands are scattered along a seventy five kilometer range and are a beautiful area to vacation, go boating and fishing.

The origins of this special sauce date back to the early 1900’s and are linked to a famous actress May Irwin, a fishing guide’s wife called Sophia LaLonde and the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, George Boldt. It is an intriguing food story, so much that two film makers published a one-hour documentary of the true origins of this Thousand Islands Dressing. Most likely, and I quote from the website Evidence Found for the Origins of Thousand Islands Dressing! the true origins lie in Madame Sophia LaLonde’s recipe:

Sophia LaLonde, a fishing guide’s wife, who in the early 1900’s created the dressing for her husband’s shore dinner guests, one of which was famous Broadway actress May Irwin. May, who was staying at the Herald House while her cottage in the Thousand Islands was being built, asked for the recipe so she could have it served to her daily in the hotel dining room.

According to this telling, it was Irwin who named it Thousand Island Dressing and then gave the recipe to fellow NYC resident George Boldt on recommendations to serve it at the Waldorf-Astoria. Once again, the Waldorf became the launching point for the dressing’s nationwide popularity.
Simple is better, and the best ingredients make the best tasting food

There are probably more than thousand versions of Thousand Island Dressing with some versions adding hard-boiled egg, peppers, Tabasco. I like simple versions, which is why this homemade Thousand Island Dressing contains four ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare. Good food does not have to be complicated, and by using good ingredients in your dressing, it will taste good!

Thanks for your support. Continue to tune in on the blog for more ways that you can move to ‘happiness’ with the simple pleasures of a meal or drink, prepared or served with flavor, taste and presentation at the forefront. Simple dishes, simple ideas, simple tricks to bring taste and appreciation.

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Warmly, Mary






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10 Responses to Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Special Sauce

  1. Jennifer @NourishedSimply May 19, 2015 at 19:58 #

    Thousand Island Dressing is my favorite dressing hands down.
    Jennifer @NourishedSimply recently posted..Memorial Day Party Round Up

    • mbrighton May 20, 2015 at 22:58 #

      With ‘ya Jennifer 🙂

  2. Anne|Craving Something Healthy May 18, 2015 at 18:01 #

    I love Thousand Island Dressing and never knew how simple it is to make from scratch! I’m adding this to my recipe file!
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy recently posted..Bone Suckers and Bone Builders

    • mbrighton May 19, 2015 at 11:40 #

      Thanks Anne! Appreciate your comment! Have a healthy “Thousand Island Day” 🙂 Mary

  3. Diane May 18, 2015 at 14:55 #

    Hi Mary, I agree a salad dressing made from scratch is not only more nutritious, it’s more delicious! Yours looks divine. Pinned! Will give it a try soon; it’s salad season in America!!!
    Diane recently posted..The Complex Cranberry + Cranberry & Cilantro Quinoa Salad

    • mbrighton May 19, 2015 at 11:41 #

      Hi Diane! Thanks very much! BTW, Love your blog and recipe inspirations!

  4. Rachel @ Athletic Avocado May 18, 2015 at 13:41 #

    Great that this only has 4 ingredients and looks incredibly easy and tasty! 🙂

    • mbrighton May 19, 2015 at 11:50 #

      Thanks Rachel! Have a nice day !

  5. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition May 18, 2015 at 12:45 #

    I’m all for making homemade salad dressings… and I agree with you 100% that simple IS better. Better for my physical and mental health at least 🙂 I also like your fun-fact about the origin of Thousand Island Dressing. Great post!
    Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition recently posted..Beef Burrito Skillet

    • mbrighton May 19, 2015 at 11:42 #

      Katie! Thank you very much! Look at your cutie you are holding ! Simple is better-especially in a busy household! Have a nice day over there. Warmly, Mary

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