Many variations of this recipe exist, but this version has been a favorite in Alexandria Bay, NY (the Heart of The Thousand Islands) for nearly 50 years.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 quart
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the chopped eggs, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, vinegar, cloves, mayonnaise, relish, olives and red pepper until evenly blended. Chill and serve spooned over fresh greens. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

436 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 8g 3% DV; fat 45.2g 70% DV; cholesterol 55.8mg 19% DV; sodium 499.4mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
This recipe proves how a great dressing can become immensely popular and then be ruined by corporate profiteering interests once they start cutting corners. This dressing is NOT the orange colored 1000 Island we are all used to having. The combination of ingredients bring out excellent flavor as a dressing or veggie dip. I use it in my restaurant and customers who don't like 1000 Island love this dressing. Once you try it you'll know why it became so popular and wonder why every brand of 1000 Isle on the market is orange or pink! Dan Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/17/2005
I love Thousand Island but this particular recipe didn't appeal to me. Read More
(14)
114 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 91
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This recipe proves how a great dressing can become immensely popular and then be ruined by corporate profiteering interests once they start cutting corners. This dressing is NOT the orange colored 1000 Island we are all used to having. The combination of ingredients bring out excellent flavor as a dressing or veggie dip. I use it in my restaurant and customers who don't like 1000 Island love this dressing. Once you try it you'll know why it became so popular and wonder why every brand of 1000 Isle on the market is orange or pink! Dan Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2005
I grew up in a tiny town in the midwest and we had this cafe run by some woman who is no longer with us and she made the absolutely best homemade thousand island recipe. This is the first recipe I have come across that gets even close to hers. It's really good! I even dip Ritz crackers in it for a quick snack late at night.>. weird huh? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2004
I must concur with all the other reviewers. This dressing is wonderful! I used to love 1000 Islnd, but found that over the years the ready made stuff has bvecome too sweet or cloyingly sour. And what is up with the color. So when I ran out of all other dressings at home and saw I had all of the ingtreds to make this, I decided to see how it came out. Well, I really love this! Mine came out slightly pinkish - from the red peppers I guess, The taste is perfect, and even before I had the salad made I was dipping veggies into it. Only additions were salt. a smidge onion powder (1 tsp.) and black pepper. Thanks, Local 1000 Islander! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
My bf made a concerned face when he saw that my homemade version of his favorite dressing was not orange. But he freaked out after he tasted it, and now he wants me to make it all the time, and he is constantly eating salads drowned in this stuff as snacks. Maybe I should make my next batch with light mayo! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Made this today. It was very good. I will keep it on hand at all times. My kids even like it. Very easy. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2014
Hubs requested a salad with Thousand Island Dressing for supper tonight and, while I was really enthusiastic about this recipe, I went into it with a great deal of skepticism, thinking he would never go for it - because it wasn't orange-ish. I was even tempted to add paprika or a dab of tomato paste just to psych him. In the end, I decided against it and prepared it just as is. To my surprise, delight and relief he remarked that the color of the dressing was an immediate tip-off that this was the real deal, the house made stuff you get in great supper clubs. I agree. This was beyond delicious, so different from commercially prepared Thousand Island dressings, and worth the few extra steps it took to make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
A little bit of Heaven atop a bed of crispy romaine! Wow! Everyone loved this dressing. Thanks to the local 1000 Islander! This is a keeper at my house! PS...I must admit I left out the cloves. But it was still amazing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2005
This was very good. I hate olives so they were out. I used reduced fat mayo and it worked well. We also used this as a topping on a hamburger. Thank you. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2005
This is a great TI dressing! I didn't have any red peppers or cloves on hand so those were omitted. But I added a teaspoon of chili sauce that gave it some color and a little bit of that extra taste that the peppers may have provided. Thanks so much. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/17/2005
I love Thousand Island but this particular recipe didn't appeal to me. Read More
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