Published Jun 19th
Prep 20m Cook - Additional - Ready In 20m
Servings 1 quart Calories 436.4

Many variations of this recipe exist, but this version has been a favorite in Alexandria Bay, NY (the Heart of The Thousand Islands) for nearly 50 years.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 quart mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup sweet pickle relish
  • ½ cup chopped black olives
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
  2. 2 In a medium bowl, whisk together the chopped eggs, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, vinegar, cloves, mayonnaise, relish, olives and red pepper until evenly blended. Chill and serve spooned over fresh greens. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 436.4
  • Carbohydrate 8 g
  • Cholesterol 55.8 mg
  • Fat 45.2 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.9 g
  • Sodium 499.4 mg
  • Sugar 5.4 g


  1. Hubs requested a salad with Thousand Island Dressing for supper tonight and, while I was really enthusiastic about this recipe, I went into it with a great deal of skepticism, thinking he would never go for it - because it wasn't orange-ish. I was even tempted to add paprika or a dab of tomato paste - Read more ...
  2. This was very good. I hate olives so they were out. I used reduced fat mayo and it worked well. We also used this as a topping on a hamburger. Thank you.
  3. I grew up in a tiny town in the midwest and we had this cafe run by some woman who is no longer with us and she made the absolutely best homemade thousand island recipe. This is the first recipe I have come across that gets even close to hers. It's really good! I even - Read more ...
  4. This is a great TI dressing! I didn't have any red peppers or cloves on hand so those were omitted. But I added a teaspoon of chili sauce that gave it some color and a little bit of that extra taste that the peppers may have provided. Thanks so much. I will definitely be making - Read more ...
  5. I love Thousand Island but this particular recipe didn't appeal to me.
  6. I must concur with all the other reviewers. This dressing is wonderful! I used to love 1000 Islnd, but found that over the years the ready made stuff has bvecome too sweet or cloyingly sour. And what is up with the color. So when I ran out of all other dressings at home and saw - Read more ...
  7. This recipe proves how a great dressing can become immensely popular and then be ruined by corporate profiteering interests once they start cutting corners. This dressing is NOT the orange colored 1000 Island we are all used to having. The combination of ingredients bring out excellent flavor as a dressing or veggie dip. I use - Read more ...
  8. My bf made a concerned face when he saw that my homemade version of his favorite dressing was not orange. But he freaked out after he tasted it, and now he wants me to make it all the time, and he is constantly eating salads drowned in this stuff as snacks. Maybe I should make - Read more ...
  9. A little bit of Heaven atop a bed of crispy romaine! Wow! Everyone loved this dressing. Thanks to the local 1000 Islander! This is a keeper at my house! PS...I must admit I left out the cloves. But it was still amazing.
  10. Made this today. It was very good. I will keep it on hand at all times. My kids even like it. Very easy. Thank you!

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