Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing

Both Russian dressing and Thousand Island dressing start with a foundation of mayonnaise plus ketchup or ketchup-style chilli sauce, resulting in a pink salad dressing, which is why they are frequently confused. Mayonnaise, ketchup, and other ingredients make up the spicy American salad dressing known as Russian dressing. Russian dressing is similar to Thousand Island dressing. Some manufactured varieties resemble French or Catalina more because they lack mayonnaise and are clear rather than creamy.Russian dressing is on the spicy side, with a hint of heat from horseradish and hot sauce, in contrast to Thousand Island dressing, which is a little sweet and studded with pickle relish.


Ingredients Russian Dressing

  • Yield: Makes about 1¼ cups
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup purchased or homemade mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup-style chili sauce or ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons bottled (regular; not packed in beet juice) horseradish, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, preferably Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Fine sea salt


  • Use a mortar and pestle to mash the onion into a paste, or chop and mash the onion with a big, heavy knife.
  • Add the mayonnaise, chilli sauce, horseradish, spicy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sweet paprika to the onion paste in a small bowl. If desired, season with fine sea salt.
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  • DO AHEAD: The dressing can be made in advance and kept chilled for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container.