Basic Russian Salad Dressing
Russian Salad Dressing is a tangy dressing that is used on salads and sandwiches. It is often confused with Thousand Island Dressing but there is a distinct difference.
What is the difference between Russian Salad Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing?
Russian and Thousand Island dressings are often confused but are definitely different. I think the confusion comes from their similar appearance. Russian Dressing is spicier whereas Thousand Island is a milder, sweeter dressing using ketchup and relish to give it milder flavor profile.
Why is it called Russian?
Not because it was developed in Russia, it was invented in 1910 in Nashua, New Hampshire by James Colburn. Originally it called for the ingredient caviar, hence giving it a "Russian" connection.
Serving suggestions for Russian Dressing
Of course this salad dressing is great on a green garden salad but it is also fantastic in a sandwich. Russian dressing is a key component of the Reuben sandwich. A roast beef sandwich with lettuce and Russian Dressing is one of my favorites. It's a great dipping sauce for crudité, chicken nuggets, and fried fish.
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Russian Salad Dressing Recipe
A tangy, spicy salad dressing that is great on a salad but is also used on sandwiches.
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup ketchup-style chili sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon finely minced onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, chili sauce, wine vinegar, minced onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder together. Taste and then add salt and pepper to taste.
Dressing can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Optional: Add 2-4 teaspoon prepared horseradish.
Add a chopped hard boiled egg and some paprika.
Garnish with chopped pardley
And if you want to go purist and authentic, add 1 tablespoon of red or black caviar.