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    Julesong's Note:

    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! :)

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    Serves: 6-8


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    • 1 cup mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellmann's or Vegenaise)
    • 3/4 cup catsup (or more, to taste) or 3/4 cup ketchup (or more, to taste)
    • 1 teaspoon dill relish
    • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
    • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes, to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • fresh ground black pepper, to taste


    1. 1
      In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, catsup, relishes, onion, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper to taste. Mix well!
    2. 2
      Makes about 2 cups dressing.
    3. 3
      To store: put in a tightly covered clean glass container in fridge.
    4. 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!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 22, 2012


      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!

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    • on April 07, 2010


      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!

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    • on March 22, 2007


      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

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    Nutritional Facts for Thousand Island Dressing - Reuben Sauce - What-Have-You Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (54 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 185.6
    Calories from Fat 118
    Total Fat 13.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 10.1 mg
    Sodium 628.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 9.7 g
    Protein 0.9 g

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