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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thousand Island Dressing - Pink Saturday





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's baaack! While I'm not sure it ever went away, there was a long stretch of time when no one would admit they still ate this classic American salad. I speak, of course, of wedge-shaped iceberg lettuce that's been cloaked in the folds of a creamy dressing. The salad first appeared in the 1920's, but the height of its popularity came during the 1950's and 1960's when it was a standard feature on dinner tables across the country. There are few dishes easier to make and I'm fairly certain that its popularity coincided with the appearance of bottled salad dressings on supermarket shelves. While the preference these days seems to be for blue cheese, in those early years Thousand Island was the salad dressing of choice. I am a traditionalist and wouldn't dream of serving this salad with anything other than the ubiquitous salmon pink dressing. That, however, is where my homage ends. This dressing bares no resemblance to the one that was popular in the fifties. It carries with it a touch of the Orient and enough other ingredients to set your palate singing. I really think you like this. You'll need four wedges of iceberg lettuce to make this salad. Don't cut them until you are ready to dress the salad. Lettuce browns quickly when cut with a knife, so don't get too far ahead of yourself. This is the recipe I use to dress the salad.

Thousand Island Dressing
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
Optional: 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (hot chile paste)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped sweet pickles, or sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped green olives with pimientos

Directions:
Whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, chile paste (if using), pickles, and olives in a medium bowl. Dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week. Yield: 3/4 cup.

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This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

67 comments:

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Thanks, Mary. I was just wanting a homemade thousand island recipe, for reuben sandwiches.

Why don't we still serve the lettuce wedge? It saves a lot of chopping and it looks really pretty.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Thousand Island is the best dressing out there!!
=)

Angie's Recipes said...

One of my favourite salad dressings...
Wish a great weekend
Angie

Jane said...

This is my favorite salad dressing. However, I do not recall the presence of olives in it. I'll just have to give it a try.

To Glenda,
My husband has noticed many restaurants serving a lettuce wedge again...especially in NYC and Las Vegas. It's back in style...yea!
Jane (artfully graced)

Sarah B. said...

thank you so much for posting on my blog. I love thousand island dressing, especially in the summer!

Pondside said...

I've noticed the return of the wedge up here, too. A good Thousand Islands dressing is a treat!

Atelier de Charo said...

I will make this one!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs

Charo

Nisha said...

New for me. I'm going to try this one:)

Dream It Up Cookies said...

Yummy! I love to have thousand island dressing on my burgers.

Ana Powell said...

Delicious sauce.
Wishing you a great weekend ♥

Regina said...

Love the salad.
Happy weekend.

The Empress said...

Ahhh... I could just bite into that. I have always loved salads served in a wedge that way.

Thank you for reminding me to do tht for my family tomorrow.

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Fantastic dressing!
Answering to your question, the blue colour of my tart just comes from the photo, because the real colour is a brighten honey colour. I'm nor very good taking pictures...
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Love,
Lia.

Jamie said...

Too funny! I remember slicing up crunchy iceberg lettuce to make my own shrimp cocktails (with the ketchup and horseradish sauce) and loved it! And my older son LOVES Thousand Island dressing so I am going to show him this recipe and I am sure he'll make it!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love Thousand Island Dressing.

Mary, My camera is a Samsung L201, 10.2 mega pixels. It is very small and slim, and was very cheap. In fact it was cheap enough that we bought 2 so my husband had one as well. Most of the time I simply use it on Auto as I do not understand most of the features!! It takes very good videos with sound, I have mastered that feature:) The cost was well under £100. Have a good weekend.Diane

The Words Crafter said...

I thought I didn't like thousand island dressing, until a friend hounded me to try it...this looks really good! I love that you post information like the history or tradition-I didn't know about wedges or the history of salads...thanks!

Foodessa said...

I've ordered this dressing a number of times at restos...and yet, never made one of my own...hmmm.
Still not a big fan of iceberg...sorry.
I think I'll be having me some thousand island salad dressing real soon...tasty ingredients all around.
Flavourful wishes for your Pink Saturday;o)
Claudia

Martha said...

Nothing beats homemade dressing! And yes, growing up, it was thousand island! It was company fare growing up -- not everyday fare!

lostpastremembered said...

Great minds think alike Mary! I am doing a version of this next week... it was so good with homemade mayo... a forgotten treasure to be sure!! I loved the picture with the iceberg lettuce... it really looked like a green iceberg looming up... wonderful shot!

Big Dude said...

I love this salad and for me the homemade dressing is so much better, and easy to make, I refuse to eat the bottled version. I did a post on Feb 28 that gives a little of the history of the dressing - such as why the name.

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, if you ask my Dad, this is the best salad there is- no "rabbit food" for him! :) Memories..... And why DID it go away??
xoxo Pattie

Katy ~ said...

This is the salad of choice for my Ole Sweetie-Pi. I haven't made thousand island dressing since my home ec days. Time to make this wonderful dressing again. Thanks, Mary. It's a delight to see this spotlighted.

Becky said...

Mary, Mike has always liked Thousand Island Dressing and I have a Creole version of it that I make for him. Thanks for this new take. I will give it a try. It's interesting how iceberg wedges for salad seem to have gotten a new lease on life the last couple of years in restaurants. Happy Pink Saturday!

Joe Ambrosino said...

Ah Mary! Sometimes we disagree. That's what makes the world go around, no? I can't (won't) eat iceberg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing just reminds me too much of diner food- even though I like how you jazzed it up.I would eat it on a sandwich, but for a salad? We eat our salad last and it just seems too strange to put a sweet dressing on it.I'm a stubborn Italian man, what's to say?

Pam said...

We haven't had this dressing in a long time and your version sounds delicious! Nothing like a wedge of dressed lettuce! Thanks and you have a good weekend, Mary!

Dru said...

My husband loves Thousand Island Dressing and Iceburg lettuce! I haven't made it in awhile, but you have inspired me to make it for him and he will thank you forever!! There use to be drive-in near my childhood home and they served french fries smothered in this dressing - Yummy! Thanks again, and Happy Pink Saturday!

Sushma Mallya said...

looks too good..and very nice recipe too

Jen_from_NJ said...

It has been a while since I have had a wedge salad with thousand island dressing - but now I am just craving one. I do love a good reuben sandwich with this dressing also. Perfect recipe!

Tara said...

Hi Mary! I just dropped by to check out your place after reading your comment on my blog. I don't have a lot of time today to browse, but I will for sure be back! So many tasty things to check out and I love your photos!I'll have to forward your site to my mom, too; I think she'd really like your recipes. Have a great weekend! -Tara

Mari said...

OHHH YUMMY DELIOUS!!!!
HAVE A GREAT PINKY SATURDAY!!!

Mary said...

Katy, seems you turned your comments section off. I just wanted to let you know I love your drop cookies. They look and sound delicious. Blessings...Mary

Cooking with kait said...

Hi Marry. Happy Pink Saturday. This looks super creamy and delicious. Have a wonderful weekend.

Tricia said...

That looks so yummy! My mother used to make our homemade salad dressing very similar to that. I don't eat it that often any more, but maybe for old time sake we'll try some this weekend.

Blessings and Happy Pink Sat.
Tricia

Monet said...

Mary,
Thank you for this recipe...and what pretty pink pictures! I love making my own dressing. So much better than what you can buy at the stores. And I love lettuce wedges...such an attractive way to display such beautiful dressing.

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

This salad brings back childhood memories! My mom would make wedge salads at least once a week. I love the dressing recipe!

Rick said...

That looks so easy Mary! Thank you for all your well wishes!

someplace in thyme said...

This looks great. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Bridgett said...

I was always such a huge fan of this dressing growing up and it has been so long since I had it last. I need to change that!
Enjoy your weekend!

Carla and Michael said...

I do still love thousand island dressing. Besides you can't have a reuben without it. This one sounds very interesting. Definately not your typical version.

The Cilantropist said...

Wow, I never thought of making my own thousand island dressing before! And with a crisp iceberg lettuce, sounds fresh and delicious. :)

Joanne said...

haha I was never even aware that this "left" as my parents still eat it as their sole vegetable source. I'm loving the homemade dressing though...everything is better homemade!

Priya said...

Dressing sound fabulous and yumm!

♥ Kathy said...

1000 Island is my hubby's dressing of choice :)

Marie Arden said...

Just found your blog and see lots of yummy things some are even PINK like today's post. I love eating PINK food and you will see why if you visit my blog Marie Arden Pink Living- my passion about happiness thru pink living.
I will be back for more yummy inspiration. Happy PINK Saturday!!

From the Kitchen said...

Mary, I hold my head high and say I like thousand island dressing. I use it to dress our rolls when we have salmon burgers. I use a variation of it for shrimp salad and, sometimes, I use it on my luncheon salad. And I'm going to proudly use your recipe and make my own!!

Best,
Bonnie

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! It's funny how delicious some Thousand Island Dressing can make a big wedge of lettuce taste!

Sues

Sophie said...

I never tasted this American dressing before in my life. now, i can with this tasty dressing of yours!!


MMMMMM,..it sure looks tasty!

Amisha said...

Hi Mary,
I have got to try this out. Can I say that I love the way you write?

Barbara said...

Oh Mary...this was my father's favorite. He asked for it every time. Iceberg lettuce and thousand island dressing. I can just hear him. What's funny is we used to raz him about it and now it's making a big comeback. He's having the last laugh!

Pierce said...

Well now, I never thought about how to make the dressing...I've always purchased it premade. Cool!

~Dana said...

You are amazing!

April said...

Can't wait to try this!!!!!! Thanks for visiting my blog, I will have to visit yours now too..:)

CC said...

Hi Mary...
Ohhhhhh yummmmmmmmm!!!! This is still my husband's favorite salad and always with Thousand Island..but I fear its straight from the bottle..*sighs and hangs head.. Your's as always, looks so super delicious..
I wasn't sure if you accepted awards or not, but I have an award for you over at my blog. I will so totally understand if you are award and tag free...
Happy Pinks and have a beutiful week..

Foley said...

Yummy!! MY Dad would always mix 1000 Island and French dressing together on his salad! You brought back a sweet memory for me.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Wow - you've shaken this recipe up! I'd Thousand Island PLUS!

Sarah said...

Mary, this is definitely a trip back in time for me. This was one of my favorite salads in the 60s. LOL
If you have time, stop by my Pink Saturday post to see some upcoming blog parties.
Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

tasteofbeirut said...

You are taking me back thirty years with this salad! I used to eat it all the time when I first moved to the US and now I am in the mood for it out of sheer nostalgia!

Pamela said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog to pay me a visit and for the very kind comment! I truly appreciate it. Your photos are gorgeous and this wedge of Iceberg looks simply delectable.

Bella said...

Sounds great! I had a wedge salad in a restaurant not too long ago, but it was indeed served with blue cheese. I will have to try this recipe; I do like Thousand Island dressing.

Julie said...

You know, I never had a wedge shaped salad...I'd love to try it!

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors said...

Dear Mary - This will always be my fave salad dressing especially with some jumbo prawns! Yum!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Julie said...

I've never made thousand island dressing. What a beautiful topping for the green lettuce. Great Pink Saturday post, too!

Eliana said...

Lettuce is just a vehicle for having thousand island dressing. This one looks superb.

Kitchen Rat said...

This looks great! There is nothing like homemade dressing. Iceberg lettuce has great crunch. I mix it in with salads just for the crunch factor. ~Jane~

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Mary.

My husband loves Thousand Island Dressing, and this sounds almost exactly like I make mine - with the exception of the oelek.

I will try this for certain. Do you find the oelek at your regular grocery store, and in what section?

I have a friend that makes Thousand Island Dressing with chopped boiled eggs in it. I had never had it that way before, but it is pretty good.

Debinhawaii said...

A fun classic revisited--I love some Thousand Island dressing with shrimp. ;-)

Single Guy Ben said...

I'm a big fan of Thousand Island dressing, probably because I love ketchup. I'm not sure why it gets such a bad rap among foodies.

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