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Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

Enjoy this vegan thousand island dressing in any place you would have used the traditional egg-based dressing.

bowl of vegan thousand island dressing

Thousand Island dressing is a lovely pink dressing. Enjoy it as a sauce or as a salad dressing.

The dressing is believed to have come from the Thousand Islands region. The Thousand Islands are an archipelago in the Saint Lawrence River which straddles the border of the US and Canada.

However, origin stories vary, and it’s possible it was adapted from a similar French dressing.

Thousand island dressing is the “special sauce” on burgers. You’ll also find its on popular sandwiches, and it’s so good for dipping your fries into!

closeup of a spoonful of thousand island dressing

Thousand island dressing is mayo- and ketchup-based sauce. It’s as easy to make vegan, you just have to use vegan mayonnaise!

The dressing is filled with finely diced onion and pickle relish, with extra tang coming from white vinegar and vegan Worcestershire sauce.

ingredients for the dressing mise-en-place in bowls

A little minced garlic, salt, and pepper round things to bring a ton of flavor to the dressing.

It’s super easy to make vegan thousand island dressing. You just stir together the ingredients, adjusting anything to taste if needed, and then stick it in the fridge until ready to use!

ingredients for vegan thousand island dressing in a bowl before mixing

Make it at least a couple of hours in advance if you can to give the flavors a chance to meld.

It’s great on homemade vegan reuben sandwiches, on salads, to make animal style fries, on veggie burgers, and more!

taking a spoonful of thousand island dressing out of a bowl of the dressing

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bowl of vegan thousand island dressing

Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This vegan version of thousand island dressing is as good as the original! Enjoy it as a special sauce on burgers, fries, or sandwiches, or use to top salad.


  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste


  1. Add all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. You can use right away, but for best results chill for at least an hour to let flavors meld. It will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a week.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102

Nutrition is calculated automatically so should be used as an estimate.

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Monday 13th of March 2023

Delicious! I subbed soy instead of Worcestershire sauce (I didn’t have the vegan kind).


Thursday 21st of April 2022

Seriously the best 1000 island ever

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