Quick Homemade Russian Dressing

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The difference between Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing

Russian dressing is the original classic version that is lighter and tangier than Thousand Island.

Russian dressing, also known as Russian sauce, Thousand Island dressing, and Special Sauce, is a salad dressing consisting of mayonnaise mixed with ketchup, horseradish, and other ingredients.

This dressing originated in the United States, used to mimic the Russian dressing that was popular in the 19th century. One common ingredient in Russian dressing is mustard, which accounts for the sharp, tangy flavor.

Thousand Island dressing was the original name of this dressing, but the name Russian Dressing stuck to this dressing. This name supposedly came from the colonists from the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The term was coined in those times due to the large number of Russian immigrants moving into the West.

What sauce should you use for a Reuben sandwich?

Just by the simple name, you probably know that the sandwich involves corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. But the sandwich is far more delicious when you smear it with the right sauce and yet, some love it plain. So what's the sauce you should use? A thick dressing of Thousand Island is the best sauce for a Reuben sandwich.

Thousand Island Dressing is basically a sweet, tangy, and creamy dressing with a touch of pepper. Mostly, it comes in a glass bottle and is canned as well. Of course, you can make the sauce at home yourself. It's much healthier than the bottled one and tastes better then the canned kind too.

The sauce of Thousand Island dressing is extremely versatile and can be used for other sandwiches. So, run to the kitchen and grab the following food items (or equivalent substitutes) and then get ready to make your very own Russian dressing at home.

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/3 cup mayonnaise (or use equal amounts of mayonnaise and sour cream)
  • 1/3 finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar

Combine the ingredients together, cover the bowl and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Russian Dressing

Russian dressing is my favorite, with its creamy tangy flavor and foods go very well with it. On a ham sandwich, on a baked potato or on top of your eggs, it’s delicious!

This recipe yields about one and a half cups.

2 Tablespoon Chopped Sweet Onion

1 1/2 tablespoon chopped dill, or use 1 teaspoon dried dillweed.

2 Tablespoon Vinegar

In a bowl, use a fork or whisk to mix all of the ingredients well. 1/2 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup ketchup or to taste2 tablespoon chopped sweet onion1 1/2 tablespoon chopped dill, or use 1 teaspoon dried dillweed2 tablespoon vinegarIn a bowl, use a fork or whisk to mix all of the ingredients well.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup, you can use tomato based ketchup.
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Put all ingredients into blender and blend until creamy. Break up any lumps with the back of a fork. If you don’t have a blender, grate the onion and apple into a bowl. Beat the eggs and vinegar together, then add to the bowl and stir in the other ingredients and the oil.

Put salad dressing in a bowl, add all ingredients and whisk together.

Add pepper and salt to taste, and enough oil to make the dressing pourable.

Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar and vinegar. Whisk until blended.

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If you are flabbergasted by the above question, well, you have to blame your parents and grandparents.

This is a common absence of gene in Hong Konger’s DNA.

Not because the dish is not tasty or delicious but more likely because it is a taboo food among Chinese.

In fact, Chinese version of Russian dressing does exist but we just never recognize a champion from a horse’s ass.

Russian dressing, as we used to know, is injected with pepper and hence name itself.

But, it is a Chinese homemade dish commonly failed to be recognized by westerners.

It is a piece of lean meat (sirloin, porterhouse, or tenderloin) thinly sliced and lots of black pepper spray in it. Remember the pepper was applied with enough distance from the piece of meat. It was not to cover the entire piece of meat.

Then, it was steam for about 5 minutes.

It was served to be eaten with rice.

The fragrant pepper would be teased out of the meat and soaked with rice.

If you have been accustomed to your western cuisine and suddenly you tried a simple homemade Chinese dish, you simply won’t recognize its richness.