One of my favorite dressings for salad and sandwiches used to be thousand island dressing, also known as Russian dressing. I loved it, but when I went gluten free and then preservative free, I couldn’t find one that fit my clean eating requirements. UGH.
For a long time, I didn’t know what to do about it because ketchup also had too many preservatives. Then I discovered Annie’s Organic Ketchup, which has no preservatives and very pure ingredients. THANK GOODNESS! I was living a very sad French fry life before I found it.
I had already been using Vegenaise mayo (the organic one, but they have lots of choices, including soy free), and one day I realized that I could put them together and create the dressing I’d been missing!
Something was missing though, a dimension of flavor from the original dressing I remembered. I wasn’t sure what it was until I remembered the ingredients on the bottles having spices, and the dressings not being smooth but instead having some little bits of things in it. I realized that a spice could be that missing oomph, so I tried onion powder, that was it!
Here’s the recipe, which uses ratios instead of measurements because everyone will want a different amount. It’s so easy, you can make it fresh every day or make a bowl full to use for the week.
I haven’t found a relish to try yet, but if you have a relish you like, try adding a small amount of that and see if you like it. That could also make it taste like some variations on this dressing that I used to eat.
What’s your favorite salad dressing or special sauce?