this quick and easy Vegan Thousand Island Dressing recipe brings you the tangy flavor of the classic dressing – with an oil free version!
recipe originally published June 27, 2012
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Homemade Thousand Island dressing recipe
Vegan Thousand Island Dressing is another staple recipe in our kitchen. This tangy favorite is so quick and easy – and I make it so often – that I make it from memory most of the time.
Why is it called Thousand Island?
Thousand Island dressing was named after the area that it was first created in - Thousand Island, New York. The story says that a fishing guide's wife created the recipe for her husband. And, then a famous actress loved it so much she asked for the recipe.
Does Thousand Island Dressing have dairy?
Traditional Thousand Island dressing doesn't contain any dairy at all. It is usually mayonnaise based with olive oil, citrus juice and a variety of seasonings. Most contain mayonnaise, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish.
Because Thousand Island typically contains mayonnaise made with eggs, it is not vegan. This recipe is both vegan and has an oil free option.
This dressing recipe uses ingredients you probably already have on hand. We think this is so much better than store bought Thousand Island.
Benefits of cashews
Cashews are the basis of this vegan Thousand Island Dressing recipe (unless you opt for vegan mayonnaise, which I do just as often). Cashews bring a deliciously rich flavor and creaminess to a vegan dressing. They are a delicious source of protein, are rich in heart-healthy fatty acids, and contain no cholesterol.
How to serve Thousand Island
Salads like a (vegan) crab cake salad are delicious with the flavors of Thousand Island dressing.
I also use this recipe in our Reuben Rolls and Reuben sandwiches. Burgers like the Best Vegan Mushroom Burger and the White Bean Veggie Burger are good vehicles for this dressing, and Thousand Island is like an elevated fry sauce for all kinds of French fries.
Recipes using Thousand Island dressing
- Vegan Chicken Nuggets
- Crispy Tangy Reuben Rolls
- Crispy Cheesy Vegan Quesarito
- Vegan Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
- Crispy Southern Fried Tofu
- Vegan Buffalo Wing Salad
Do I need to chill this first?
Thousand Island Dressing does not need to be cold before you serve it. You certainly can make it up ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator, but it tastes just as delicious as soon as you make it.
How long can you store Thousand Island Dressing?
When refrigerated in a tightly covered container, this dressing will last about two weeks. It probably won't last anywhere near that long - this deliciousness disappears quickly in our house.
More Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes
If you like this Vegan Thousand Island Dressing recipe, try one of these other salad dressing recipes. They are all super tasty, and easy to make.
- Green Goodness Dressing Dip
- Easy Poppyseed Dressing
- Celery Ranch Dressing
- Tangy Lemon Dressing
- Quick Dill Pickle Dressing
- Walnut Mustard Dressing
- Warm “Bacon” Dressing
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- In blender, combine soaked cashews, lemon juice, and water. Blend at high speed until smooth.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan recipe
*in place of cashews and water, use ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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