Russian Dressing

updated Mar 13, 2024
Russian Dressing Recipe

If you’re a Thousand Island fan, it’s likely you’ll love this Russian dressing just as much, if not more.

Makes3/4 cup

Prep5 minutes

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Russian dressing in a small blue ramekin with a spoon holding some dressing up
Credit: Laura Rege

If you’re a Thousand Island fan, it’s likely you’ll love this Russian dressing just as much, if not more. Both sauces have similar origins and start with that delicious combination of mayonnaise and ketchup or tomato-based chili sauce (such as Heinz Chili Sauce). It’s super easy to make and won’t take more than five minutes to prepare, but it’ll substantially increase the tastiness of whatever you’re slathering it on.

Why You’ll Love It

What Is Russian Dressing?

Russian dressing is a condiment made from mayonnaise and ketchup-style chili sauce or ketchup and, depending on the recipe, a variety of other ingredients, like Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and paprika.

What’s the Difference Between Russian and Thousand Island Dressings?

The internet has blurred the lines between Russian and Thousand Island dressing. They both start with mayonnaise and tomato-based chili sauce or ketchup and then diverge from there. Here are the key differences.

  • Thousand Island dressing: One of the typical differences between the two is the addition of relish in Thousand Island dressing, giving it a touch more sweetness and texture.
  • Russian dressing: This dressing is known to be a bit spicier and less sweet and traditionally, in older recipes, it actually contained caviar which some theorize to be the idea behind the name Russian.

Key Ingredients in Russian Dressing

  • Mayonnaise: Use your favorite store-bought brand or make your own.
  • Ketchup-style chili sauce: Such as Heinz Chili Sauce (we also have a homemade version!).
  • Prepared horseradish: This is a condiment made from grated horseradish (a spicy root vegetable in the mustard family) mixed with vinegar and salt. 
  • Worcestershire sauce: A little goes a long way for a boost of umami.
Credit: Laura Rege

What to Serve with Russian Dressing

Storage Tips

  • Storage: Russian dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Russian Dressing Recipe

If you’re a Thousand Island fan, it’s likely you’ll love this Russian dressing just as much, if not more.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 3/4 cup

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons

    ketchup-style chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon

    minced white onion

  • 1 teaspoon

    prepared horseradish

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt, plus more as needed

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    dry mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

Instructions

  1. Place 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons ketchup-style chili sauce, 1 tablespoon minced white onion, 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon black black pepper in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Taste and add more kosher salt or black pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Russian dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.