Thousand Island dressing

Thousand Island dressing

Thousand Island dressing is a salad dressing (a variant of Russian dressing), commonly made of mayonnaise, ketchup, and a mixture of finely chopped vegetables, most often pickles, onions, bell peppers, and/or green olives; chopped hard-boiled egg is also common.

The dressing is used both in salads and burgers and as a sauce on sandwiches, especially in fast-food restaurants. It tastes (and appears to be) very similar to fry sauce (called "burger sauce" in the UK), a 'simpler' version of thousand island dressing commonly used in fast food outlets. Fry sauce is made from similar ingredients: generally tomato ketchup and mayonnaise.

In many areas of Europe, it is known as "American Dressing."


Thousand Island dressing has been cited in print since at least 1912, but there are multiple conflicting stories about its origins:

*Sophia LaLonde invented it at Chicago's Blackstone Hotel in 1910 [ [ The Big Apple: Thousand Islands: Thousand Islands Dressing ] ] substituting mayonnaise for the yogurt used in Russian dressing, and added pickle relish, chives and sometimes chopped hard-boiled eggs.
*The dressing was popularized by one of her dinner guests, actress May Irwin, who gave the condiment its name, after LaLonde's home, the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York and Eastern Ontario.
*The name refers to the multitude of small specks of pickle usually found in the dressing.
*George Boldt, of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel fame, popularized it by instructing his maitre d'hotel, Oscar Tschirky, to put the dressing on the hotel's menu. Boldt had a home called "Boldt Castle" on one of the Thousand Islands.

Of course, any one of the above could be true.


Thousand Island dressing is sometimes used as an ingredient in a Reuben sandwich, along with corned beef, sauerkraut, and marble rye bread (although Russian dressing is used in the authentic recipe).

In the 1950s, Thousand Island dressing became a standard condiment, used on sandwiches and salads alike. It is widely used in fast-food restaurants in America. For example:—

* Hardee's uses a type of Thousand Island dressing on its Big Twin sandwich.
* Del Taco uses a type of Thousand Island dressing on its Double Del Cheeseburger.
* McDonald's special sauce for Big Mac hamburger sandwiches is a variant of Thousand Island dressing.
* Arby's, a roast beef chain, uses Thousand Island dressing in their Market Fresh Reuben sandwich.
* Wendy's uses it on its promotional "Wendy Melt".
* Burger King uses it on its "Stacker" line of sandwiches.
* In-N-Out Burger uses it on their hamburgers and animal-style fries.
* Steak n Shake, a combination diner/fast food restaurant chain, dresses the Frisco Melt, All-American Melt, Chicken Melt, and Turkey Melt with Thousand Island dressing.
* Subway offers the choice of Thousand Island dressing.
* Corner Bakery uses Thousand Island on its "Turkey Derby" sandwich.
* Around half of the selections on the menu at Pizza Hut in Hong Kong use a Thousand Island dressing for the base, instead of traditional tomato sauce. [ [ Pizza Hut Hong Kong ] ]
* This is the most common salad dressing in Southeast Asia.
* "Sandwich spread" sold by Kraft, and other condiment makers, is simply thicker Thousand Island dressing, which can be spread more easily on bread.
* Cooks in rural areas, where commercial salad dressings were slower to appear, often made a version of thousand island, with or without pickles, from ingredients which were commonly available. It was typically called simply "salad dressing".

Thousand Island dressing is often used as a substitute for fry sauce, a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise.


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