Cajun Thousand Island Dressing

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Why go to the trouble of preparing a delicious dinner just to bring out a bottle of some commercial salad dressing…it’s hard to find a good one and there isn’t much special about any of them. A homemade salad dressing just seems to put an exclamation point on a nice dinner. The best part is you won’t believe how easy a good homemade salad dressing is to make. Sweet Daddy D’s Cajun Thousand Island Dressing gives a special Cajun twist to the timeless classic…it’s simple and you know its no-angst!

Thousand Island Dressing was originally created in the early 1900s in the resort area along the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada known as The Thousand Islands. Since that time, the ubiquity of the dressing has diminished its specialness, but don’t sell it short. A properly home-made Thousand Island Dressing is not only simple and quick but is quite delicious.  

Here’s What You Need

The base of a good Thousand Island Recipe is always mayonnaise and ketchup. You could go with homemade if you’re into that, but its fine to just keep it simple with your favorite brands. Some sweet pickle relish adds the signature hint of sweetness while some lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce bring a tart tweak. Real Cajun flavors come from the Creole Seasoning. A pinch or two of kosher salt and some ground white pepper bring things together. One thing that elevates this recipe over some traditional Thousand Island recipes is the spicy background. The Creole Seasoning adds some subtle heat, but the fresh garlic and cayenne pepper will leave no doubt.

ingredients for cajun thousand island dressing
Here’s what you need

 

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Here’s What You Do

First…you have a beer. This recipe is quick and easy to put together, so you may spend more time drinking beer than making this. That ought to get the recipe a great rating right there. Pop a beer and read through the recipe. The mise en place is mostly gathering the ingredients, so just confirm that you have everything you need plus a small bowl-I prefer to use glass.

Make the dressing

You need to decide how spicy you want to make this. I’m not talking about ghost pepper heat potential, but the raw garlic and cayenne can add some spiciness that may be too much for some. Chop the garlic very fine, or use a press, then measure out the rest of the ingredients. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour but overnight is better.

cajun thousand island dressing in a bowl
Mix everything together and let it sit up for one to twelve hours

That’s it, you’re done.

Not just for salad

Chop some fresh greens, hard boil an egg, slice some tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, artichokes or just about anything you like in a salad and pour some of this Cajun Thousand Island Dressing right on top. Add some to a chicken or turkey sandwich or make an outstanding Reuben by adding a generous helping to corned beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut on some nice rye bread. It also makes for a not-so-secret sauce on some grilled burgers. Dip some carrots, cauliflower, celery or peppers in it for a wonderful garden treat.

cajun thousand island dressing with bacon bits poured over lettuce and tomatoes
Enjoy…Cajun Thousand Island Dressing

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Hints and Tips

  • This can get kind of spicy. First, the Creole seasoning may contain cayenne pepper and raw garlic will have its own kind of heat, so give it a taste before you add the garlic and the cayenne pepper to make sure it’s to your liking.
  • This recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing and is easy to increase.  I am using 1 tablespoon as a serving.
  • You can serve this right away but it’s better to let the flavors all come together for at least an hour, but four hours is better and overnight is best!
  • The original recipes used hard-boiled eggs as a thickener. If you are interested in trying this, add about half of a hard-boiled egg to this recipe (double the recipe and use a whole egg) by pressing it through a fine sieve or strainer. It’s interesting and very good.

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cajun thousand island dressing in a bowl
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
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Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
cajun thousand island dressing in a bowl
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Wake up your salad with the Cajun cousin of this classic dressing. This creamy dressing has a slight kick and is so good you'll want to use it as a dipping sauce and on sandwiches and burgers. Its just that good.
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Servings Prep Time
16 Servings 15 Minutes
Calories per Serving
60
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. MIx all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator for one hour up to overnight.
Recipe Notes

This can get kind of spicy. First, the Creole seasoning may contain cayenne pepper and raw garlic will have its own kind of heat, so give it a taste before you add the white pepper, the cayenne pepper or the garlic to make sure it's to your liking. Of course, if you like it spicy, go for it!

This recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing and is easy to increase.  I am using 1 tablespoon per serving.

You can serve this right away but its better to let the flavors all come together-at least an hour, four hours is better and overnight is best!

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Thousand Island Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.005g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.004g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0.03g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

A Cajun twist to this classic salad dressing