There’s really nothing to a modern-day Thousand Island – as a teenager, I worked in a restaurant that always made their own. A young friend always refers to this as “Mac” sauce; she’s only familiar with this as the “special” sauce on a McDonalds’ Big Mac. As a matter of fact, she’s taken quite a shine to it and calls it “Mac Sauce” when requesting it at other restaurants.
One can get a bit fancier with this and add onions, capers, and all sorts of tiny little minced items, but here’s the basic to throw together quickly at home, perfect for a Reuben Sandwich or my Da Bomb Oven Hamburgers.
1,000 Island Dressing
- Two heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise
- scant two teaspoons of pickle relish
- teaspoon or a bit more of ketchup (enough to make the dressing pink)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Optional: A bit of finely minced onion, a sprinkle of garlic salt, a dash of vinegar, a pinch of sugar.
Mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Chill. Best after a bit of time in the fridge for the flavors to meld.
That’s it – pure and simple.