Thousand Island Dressing - Reuben Sauce - What-Have-You Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is the astoundingly good dressing that we use on our reuben sandwiches and in shrimp cocktail. Others have told me that they make it just to use as a dip, and - coming from my description in our Reuben Sandwiches Our Way (Reuben Sandwich Our Way): "you can call it Thousand Island or French, whathaveyou" - keep it on their table and call it What-Have-You Sauce. Thank you for the tribute! :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellmann's or Vegenaise)
  • 34 cup catsup (or more, to taste) or 34 cup ketchup (or more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dill relish
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes, to taste
  • 14 teaspoon granulated garlic or 14 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 12 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, catsup, relishes, onion, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper to taste. Mix well!
  2. Makes about 2 cups dressing.
  3. To store: put in a tightly covered clean glass container in fridge.
  4. To use: put it on reuben sandwiches, pot roast patty melts, burgers, in shrimp cocktail, on salads, or as a dip for chips, veggies, chicken nuggets, steak fingers, et cetera!
Most Helpful

Delicious, exactly what I wanted for my reubens! I, too, used jalapeno relish, which added a little extra kick. This was a hundred times better than restaurant sauce!

Rebekah of SFD December 22, 2012

This sauce is right on! Used my homemade jalapeno sweet relish and both onion and garlic powders. This is good on a reuben, in reuben casserole or as a salad dressing! Thanks!

cleash April 07, 2010

My Dh loves 1,000 island dressing he could eat it with a spoon. The one i usually make calls for bottled chili sauce i was out and i was planning on Reuben Casserole #88257 for dinner. So i gave this one a try. What could it hurt right?? I'm not a big 1,000 Island person expect for reubens. I did make some minor adjustment due to what i had on hand and a sick kid at home. No dill relish put had pickles so i used 1tsp of the juice. I added a healthy Tbsp of sweet relish. I had no dried onion flakes so i used my micro plane and sent the onion across it 3 or 4 times. See minor changes. Let me tell you i could eat this with a spoons. I'm probally gonna have to make this twice a week,LOL Thanks Julesong for a definate winner i'm converted!!!! Happy cooking! Jules211

Jules211 March 22, 2007