Making a vegan Thousand Island dressing may seem far-fetched, but it requires just a few deviations from the classic American condiment’s original recipe.
Thousand Island Dressing: A Classic American Favorite
Thousand Island dressing is a classic American condiment and salad dressing predominantly mayonnaise-based. Named for the St. Lawrence River region between the United States and Canada, the condiment itself and versions of it are present on burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The flavor profile is distinctly American, so much so that a similar condiment is hailed as “American dressing” in Germany. Versions vary, but most recipes require mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sweet pickle relish, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Making vegan Thousand Island dressing is simple and results in a delicious condiment that is sure to be a hit!
Vegan Thousand Island Dressing: A Simple Recipe
- 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup vegan ketchup
- 1 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
- 1/4 cup finely minced yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/8 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Adjust seasonings to taste, if need be.
- The dressing can now be used right away, but chilling for at least an hour to let flavors meld lends the best results. (24 hours is ideal.) It will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week.
- Thousand Island dressing sometimes features chopped hard-boiled eggs. In that case, a pinch of Kala namak (available at some health food stores, Indian grocery stores, and on Amazon**), also known as black salt, perfectly mimics the sulfuric taste.
- Add some vegan hot sauce if you like a kick!
Use this vegan Thousand Island dressing on any hearty, American-style dishes. As a delectable burger sauce, sandwich spread, or a creamy dressing for a rich and satiating salad, this veganized favorite is sure to be a hit!
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