Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

If you like Thousand Island Dressing, here is your warning: tasting this homemade dressing will officially ruin you for all other versions.

We eat this on hamburgers, and salads (of course), dip carrots & celery sticks in it, and I have been known to go to the fridge with a spoon from time to time just to taste it!

This is Thousand Island at its freshest, creamiest best. 

I am serious – do NOT make this if you want to fall back on store-bought versions. 

You will rue the day Kraft ever decided to desecrate such a wondrous invention.

You’ll need: Chili sauce, mayonnaise, pickle relish, three or four hard-boiled eggs, and some finely diced onion.

Place mayo in a bowl. That looks kind of gross, doesn’t it? Hang in there – I promise the outcome will be DIVINE!

Pour in your onion.
Dice up your eggs and add them in there.
Add chili sauce. I didn’t add the whole bottle – you can go by the recipe for the perfect amount.
Add pickle relish – again, add the amount according to the recipe.

Stir, Stir, Stir!

thousand island dressing in process

Best Thousand Island Dressing

Made with mayonnaise, boiled eggs, chili sauce, pickle relish, onion, and pimento, this is the best Thousand Island dressing recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dressing, thousand island
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal


  • 4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2-4 chopped hard-boiled eggs
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup pickle relish
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 2.5 ounces diced pimento


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until fully blended.
    4 cups mayonnaise, 2-4 chopped hard-boiled eggs, 3/4 cup chili sauce, 1/2 cup pickle relish, 1 tsp minced onion, 2.5 ounces diced pimento
  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • If you'd like it a little thinner, you can add a bit of milk. Enjoy!


Calories: 57kcal
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  1. Hey Mrs. Christy from Santa Hulk,

    It’s almost my time of the year, How is Santa Hulk going to come see you and leave presents if you are off to FLorida?
    Enjoy your trip, tell Mickey I said howdy…

    Santa Hulk

  2. I can tell from reading your momma’s recipte that is one delicious Thousand Island Dressing. I will be making it before the week is over. I only live about 25 miles from Disney World. Wish you could come for dinner.

  3. Would the pickle relish used be Sweet???? or Dill??? I’m assuming sweet, but haven’t had this dressing in so long, don’t really remember.

  4. I started making something similar this week… This was the “house dressing” my mom made while I was growing up – and I agree with the earlier poster I keep “coming back” until the salad bowl is empty when this dressing is on the veggies!

    4 ingredients (although I can see where it would be yummy with the egg!)

    dill pickle relish
    red wine vinegar

    stir together, toss over salad 🙂

  5. Nik Texas Pete is a staple, I think! I LOVE it in my chicken stew! Don’t you think the boiled eggs just make this dressing? I have been known to double the amount called for when its just for me!

    Jo haha! Do let me know if you get to try it and especially if you like it!!! I swear, it kills me not to be able to feed all of y’all! If I was rich, I’d just start a resort and have big old banquets every day!

    Pinky I LIKE YOUR PARENTING STYLE!!! Banana pudding for breakfast sounds like pure dee heaven!! You know, every now and then, I surprise my kids with pepperoni pizza for breakfast! They think that is so cool!

    Cee They DID get silly stringed and just as I was hoping, it stopped everything and had them laughing and yelling “Do it again! Shoot us again!”. I have another can for on the way home, but I think they will likely sleep most of that ride! We’ve just flat out wore them out this week!! LOL

    Life at the lake I try to use mine within the week. The main think you have to think about is the eggs. If it weren’t for them, it would keep much longer. You can leave them out and keep it for about two weeks in the fridge, just adding eggs when you eat it. Make sure you add them, though, they are just soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good in there!!!!!!

    Grateful to every single one of you,

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