Skip to Content

Homemade Russian Dressing For The Classic Reuben Sandwich

Our homemade Russian Dressing is tangy, slightly spicy, and seriously addicting! It’s the perfect sauce for a Reuben Sandwich and more!

Our homemade Russian Dressing is tangy, slightly spicy, and seriously addicting! It's the perfect sauce for a Reuben Sandwich and more!| CuriousCuisiniereWhat’s The Difference Between Russian Dressing And Thousand Island Dressing?

Thousand Island Dressing and Russian Dressing are incredibly similar, but there are a few key differences.

Thousand Island dressing:

  • Includes bits of relish, pickles, onions, and hard boiled eggs, making it sweeter and tangier
  • Is made with a mayonnaise base

Russian dressing:

  • Gets a distinct spiciness from horseradish and garlic
  • Is made with a plain yogurt or sour cream base

The classic grilled Reuben Sandwich is the perfect combination of crispy toast, flavorful corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Russian dressing. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com

What Is The Sauce On A Reuben?

The names Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing tend to be used interchangeably nowadays.

Because of this, many restaurants just serve their Reuben sandwiches with Thousand Island Dressing, since they often already have it on hand.

But, Russian Dressing was the staple that made the sandwich famous.

Russian Dressing is the creamy, tangy sauce necessary for the perfect Reuben. Make your own with pantry staples today! | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com

Making Our Homemade Russian Dressing Recipe

The dressing you choose for your Reuben sandwich is up to you.

But, even if you don’t have either on hand, it’s really easy to whip up a batch of homemade Russian Dressing with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Yogurt, ketchup, horseradish (prepared or fresh) combine with a little garlic and paprika to make this super simple and incredibly addicting dressing.

What are you waiting for?

More Dressings You May Enjoy

If you’d like to try your hand at creating more of your own salad dressings from scratch, here’s a list of classic dressing recipes to get you started. 

Whether you use them for sandwiches, dips, or on salads making your own salad dressing is an easy endeavor that will make you feel quite accomplished in the kitchen!

Our homemade Russian Dressing is tangy, slightly spicy, and seriously addicting! It's the perfect sauce for a Reuben Sandwich and more!| CuriousCuisiniere
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
3.73 from 51 votes

Homemade Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing: it's tangy, slightly spicy, and all-around addicting!
Yield: 1/2 c of dressing
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 (1 Tbsp) servings
Author: Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp fresh grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • Mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Dressing can be used immediately, but the flavor will improve if refrigerated for at least 10 minutes before using.
  • Store the dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Our homemade Russian Dressing is tangy, slightly spicy, and seriously addicting! It's the perfect sauce for a Reuben Sandwich and more!| CuriousCuisiniere

 

Love it? Share it!

The classic grilled Reuben Sandwich is the perfect combination of crispy toast, flavorful corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Russian dressing. | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com
Previous
American Classic Reuben Sandwich
Irish Colcannon brings mashed potatoes to a whole new level with flavorful onions and nutritious cabbage. These Irish mashed potatoes are the perfect way to sneak extra veggies into your meal! | www.CuriousCuisiniere.com
Next
Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes)
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Judy

Friday 8th of January 2021

After adding a couple heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise and a heaping teaspoon of dill relish a little bit more sour cream and a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, it finally tasted the way I remembered it from the deli.

Sarah Ozimek

Friday 8th of January 2021

Thanks for sharing Judy. If the deli makes their dressing in house, then every one will be a bit different. Glad you found the tweaks that fit what you were looking for!

IDA

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

EXCELLENT better than any Restaurant We have ever had. Thanks

Sarah Ozimek

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

So glad you enjoyed the dressing!

Josh C.

Sunday 13th of May 2018

I made this (both types: plain yogurt / sour cream) at the same time, to go with a corned beef brisket that I slow cooked to make some Reuben sandwiches, for my Mom on Mother's Day (as they are one of her favorite sandwiches). :)

We both preferred the recipe with the plain yogurt (I used greek plain yogurt). As for the garlic clove, I used the minced garlic that came in a little jar for a couple bucks, and I also added a touch more garlic :)

Recipe is great, well done!

As for the recipe with the sour cream, mom said she would prefer it on a salad and favored the dressing with the yogurt for the Reuben Sandwich.

PS Mom usually only likes mustard on the reubens, but she liked the dressing so much that she didn't use mustard!! haha ;)

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 14th of May 2018

Thanks so much for sharing your test! We're so glad she loved the recipe. What a wonderful Mother's Day meal!

Joe

Friday 30th of March 2018

Addicting? Addictive.

Sarah Ozimek

Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

Very true Joe!

dukkkman

Thursday 29th of June 2017

the home made russian dressing is fantastic....love your stlye. The best I have made.......Im a bit norty because I popped an extra bit of garlic in... (No kisses for me tonight) I cannot pretend to be as good as New York Deli's Rueben ,but this is GOOD ! My wife makes the great sauerkraut and ..:corned beef.. I do the rest and get the credit win ..win. : 0 )

Sarah Ozimek

Friday 30th of June 2017

So glad you enjoyed the dressing! Thanks for stopping by!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.