With Spring in the air and warm weather upon us, here in WNC, I’ve been craving salads. Lots of salads. I really struggle to buy salad dressings that I truly like, so I’ve been on a mission of making my own. I always heard it was easy, tastier, cheaper and healthier. But until now, I just didn’t really want to tackle salad dressings, I just wanted to pick them up on sale and have them taste the way I like. What I didn’t realize was… It really IS easy, tastier, cheaper and healthier to make my own! Did I mention Easy?
I happen to love Zaxby’s Zalads and get one every chance I can. They have what I’ve always felt to be the best Thousand Island dressing EVER. I’ve bought numerous brands in the stores and none measure up to Zaxby’s. So, I made it a mission to make my own and now wonder why in the world did it take me this long to make my own?!?
Here’s how I make it.
1000 Island Dressing
I tried a few popular combinations and they were ok, but not quite what I was looking for. This combination ended up being the simplest, and the personal favorite between my cousin Diane and I.
In a small bowl, combine the Duke’s mayo, Heinz ketchup, sweet pickle relish and dill relish. Yes… Dill Pickle Relish!
The difference between the others and mine is in the dill pickle relish. The others didn’t use this ingredient, but it has the acidity and flavor punch that I was looking for. It was perfect!
NOTE: The only reason I mention Duke’s mayo and Heinz ketchup is, there’s a difference in the taste of each brand and these are my personal preferences. You can use any brand you typically have on hand, but it will effect the taste. The other reason is, I really do use my blog to recall my favorite recipes and I wanted to note which brands I used. Just saying…
TIP: When measuring the relishes, drain the liquid off. This will keep the salad dressing thicker.
Just mix it all together, put it into an air tight container and refrigerate for… at least a few hours. Overnight is even better to let the flavors marry. Even better the day after that!
This will be a thick salad dressing, so I don’t put it into a container that would be used for pouring. You’ll want to spoon it onto your favorite salad. Enjoy!
Here’s a few other salad dressings you may be interested in.
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.