Russian Salad Dressing

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We both grew up with a different looking bottled Russian dressing. We made this recipe for Russian salad dressing and of course, it looked different. It tasted fantastic, like Thousand Island salad with the addition of chili sauce and some spices (and a bit of heat). That bottled stuff that’s red and looks more like French or Catalina dressing? Almost the same thing, but without the creamy mayonnaise.

Russian Salad Dressing

This Russian salad dressing is fantastic on a fresh green salad. But oh, would it ever be amazing on a Reuben sandwich. Sure, you could go with the classic Thousand Island, but why not kick that sandwich up a bit and use this instead? And don’t be shy with it either!

Depending on how you feel about onion flavor, I’d say start with a smaller shallot. Some shallots are hotter than others and if you go all-in with a bigger shallot it might overwhelm all of the other flavors in the dressing. So go easy with it at first. You can always add more.

When a recipe like this one calls for mayonnaise, there’s only one that I reach for. Yep, there’s a number of great mayonnaise brands out there. I’ve tried them all I think. But in the end, I go with Blue Plate mayonnaise each and every time.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Russian Salad Dressing

Russian Salad Dressing

Like Thousand Island salad with the addition of chili sauce and some spices (and a bit of heat).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 210 kcal



  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Stir before serving.


Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 431mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword homemade dressing, Russian
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