Russian Salad Dressing
photo by Lori Mama
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 cup sugar (or honey)
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup catsup
- 2 -3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄4 cup grated onion (or 1/2 tbsp onion powder)
- In a sauce pan cook sugar and water until thick.
- Cool syrup.
- Combine the remaining ingredients.
- Add syrup and whisk to blend well.
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This is very good even if it did take me two attempts to make it. 1st try, disaster. Cooked the sugar/water to long, turned into rock, thought I had to throw out pan and spoon. 2nd attempted cooked only 3 min. didn't care if it got thick or not, dressing turned out deliciously delicious. Followed the recipe to a T using finely chopped onions. Keeper for sure.
To all shouting “This isn’t Russian dressing,” there are actually two different varieties of Russian: the one similar to Thousand Island, and this one, called red Russian dressing. It’s the latter that the creator of this recipe was looking for, the kind bottles by Wish-Bone, etc. that is like a spicier version of Catalina dressing. There is no mayonnaise in red Russian, just as there’s no honey in the basic type. Please note that NEITHER type is actually Russian; both are 20th-century American concoctions. Why dressing bottlers create confusion by calling red Russian simply Russian is anyone’s guess. But there’s a theory in some circles that Russian dressing itself may have been supplanted by Thousand Island out of distaste for real-world issues, akin to the post-9/11 “Freedom Fries” and post-WW1 renaming of the hamburger to “Liberty Sandwich.” If this is at least partly true, then “red Russian” is exponentially more problematic than just plain Russian.
I think the author of this recipe should learn the difference between Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing. There is no sugar or honey in real Russian Dressing but there could be in Thousand Island Dressing, which is what this recipe more closely resembles (less the pickle relish). Russian dressing should be tangy not sweet (where's the Horse Radish and Chilli Sauce). This is a common mistake among many amateur cooks!
Sounds delicious. However, this is not an actual Russian Recipe. Russians never put sugar or honey into anything, that is not desert. Okay, maybe a pinch of sugar into BORSCH (with no "T" on the end) or Bliny, just for the taste. This is alien to our nature. Desert should be sweet, everything else - not.