Thousand Island dressing is not generally seen as sophisticated. I associate it with steak house salad bars, deli sandwiches and country clubs. (Go ahead and tell me your club has a fancy chef and a locally sourced menu. I will believe you. But the one I grew up going to had Thousand Island dressing, wedge salads, prime rib and buttery Captain's Wafers served with a side of butter. In other words, delicious food.)
Fancy or not, Thousand Island dressing is delicious, sweet, tangy and creamy. And I love a recipe with a good back story.