Our homemade Russian Dressing is tangy, slightly spicy, and seriously addicting! It’s the perfect sauce for a Reuben Sandwich and more!
What’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
- Gets a distinct spiciness from horseradish and garlic
- Is made with a plain yogurt or sour cream base
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.
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.
- Ranch Seasoning for Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Homemade 1000 Island Dressing
- Blue Cheese Dressing From Scratch
- Poppyseed Salad Dressing
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!
Homemade Russian Dressing
- 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
- 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.
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Sarah is co-owner of Curious Cuisiniere and the chief researcher and recipe developer for the site. Her love for cultural cuisines was instilled early by her French Canadian Grandmother. Her experience in the kitchen and in recipe development comes from years working in professional kitchens. She has traveled extensively and enjoys bringing the flavors of her travels back to create easy-to-make recipes.