Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Kelley's Russian Dressing for Reuben Sandwiches, etc.

My husband flipped for this Russian dressing, which is incredibly easy to make (we will never buy Thousand Island/Russian dressing at the store again).


1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish (I like Wickles Pickles brand relish; alternatively, you can finely chop sweet pickles and add 1 teaspoon sweet pickle juice)

2 tablespoons cocktail sauce


Whisk mayonnaise, relish, and cocktail sauce in small bowl.  Use within 3 days.

Ideas for Uses:
  • Reuben Sandwiches
  • Reuben Dogs
  • Reuben Sliders
  • Meat Loaf Sandwiches
  • All Purpose Sandwich Spread
  • Tuna Salad (use Russian Dressing instead of straight mayonnaise and add lemon juice and capers)
  • Macaroni Salad (use Russian Dressing and celery; add a little extra relish and mayo to thicken if needed; hard boiled eggs and tuna can be added for a more substantial salad)
  • Russian Deviled Eggs with Bacon Crumbles! (6 hard boiled eggs plus 1/3 cup dressing and 2 slices cooked bacon)
  • Iceberg Wedge Salad
  • Cobb Salad
  • Vegetable Dip
  • Accompaniment for Ham
  • Pairing for Beer (especially craft ales and lagers)
  • Pretzel/Chip Dip
PS Thousand Island dressing is completely different than Russian dressing - the two are not the same thing. Hands down, I prefer Russian dressing over Thousand Island any day as it is bolder and can be made spicier with the addition of a little extra horseradish and/or paprika.

Exactly why we called it “Russian” is not certain; some say it is because early recipes called for the addition of caviar, while others say it’s because the dressing was designed to top a Russian-inspired salad known as Salad Olivier.  I personally think it's because of the pickles - Russian's love pickles!

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