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Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

The Best Thousand Island Dressing!

Read on to find out how to make it. In my opinion, far tastier on a prawn cocktail (shrimp cocktail) than the usual Marie Rose sauce.

Thousand island dressing. Prawn cocktail or shrimp cocktail pictured in a black bowl..

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*Post updated December 2023

Thousand Island dressing is an American salad dressing based on mayonnaise. It is tangy and slightly sweet at the same time.

I have seen recipes online for 3 ingredients Thousand Island dressing recipes, but trust me, they are not true Thousand Island dressing and therefore won't taste half as good.

You can make it as little or spicy as you like, all I know is it's totally delicious!

Recipe Top Tip!

You can make it a thicker consistency by adding a very finely chopped boiled egg - you might want to do this if you plan to serve your Thousand Island dressing on a burger or Reuben sandwich.

Use Thousand Island dressing as:

  • a dip for fries, crudités or even tortilla chips
  • instead of mayonnaise in potato salad
  • as a salad dressing 


  • mayonnaise - I use Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • tomato ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • small gherkins 
  • capers 
  • fresh lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper

Thousand island dressing ingredients.

Gather your ingredients and prepare the gherkins and capers (see the recipe card).

Thousand island dressing ingredients mixed together in a bowl.

Mix them together in a medium-sized bowl.

If you are making a prawn cocktail (shrimp cocktail) again, see the recipe card below.

Prawn cocktail with thousand island dressing.

And, tuck in!

Prawn cocktail made with thousand island dressing.

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing

Prawn cocktail is usually served with Marie Rose sauce, but personally, I prefer prawn cocktail with Thousand Island dressing. Try it, it's delicious!
Prep time: 6 MinTotal time: 6 Min


Thousand Island dressing ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise - I use Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce - or to taste
  • a dash of Tabasco sauce - or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 4 small gherkins - chopped very finely
  • 12 capers in brine - rinsed to remove the salty taste - chopped very finely
  • fresh lemon juice - to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
For prawn cocktail
  • 2 small handfuls of cooked prawns (shrimp)
  • iceberg lettuce - shredded
  • lemon wedges
  • sweet smoked paprika - for sprinkling
  • freshly ground black pepper


To make the sauce
  1. In a medium-sized bowl mix the sauce ingredients together. The sauce should be lovely and bright in colour and taste nice and tangy.
  2. You may want to add a little more Worcestershire sauce, ketchup or Tabasco, or lemon juice to your taste.
To make a prawn cocktail
  1. Serve the sauce on top of the lettuce and prawns, sprinkling with a little more black pepper and paprika.
  2. Add a wedge of lemon on the side for squeezing over.
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