The first thought I have when talking about Thousand Island dressing is my brother as we grew up. He was not a fan of salads or vegetables of any type, but if they were swimming in Thousand Island dressing, he would gobble them up. I conversely, absolutely loved fresh veggies and salads as a kid as was more than a little grossed out by his salad dressing obsession.
Fast forward a few decades and I have come to realize what all of his fuss was about. Don’t get me wrong, I am still madly in love with vegetables of all types, but I have learned that the added tang of thousand island dressing can be really satisfying. I have found many ways to enjoy Thousand Island dressing including salads and sandwiches alike.
Thousand Island dressing is really easy to make from scratch and doing so allows for a fresh tangy taste without all the preservatives and weird add-ins that store bought versions contain. A little mayo, ketchup, sugar, and sweet pickle relish are all it takes. Of course, you can get as crafty as you wish and add finely diced onions, salt, pepper or other seasonings that appeal to you. You can get really technical and make your own homemade mayo and ketchup and sweet pickle relish, but any variety is delicious and counts as Thousand Island dressing.
Can You Freeze Thousand Island Dressing?
So, whether you spent all afternoon making each ingredient from scratch or you just threw together the basics from your pantry, wasting any extra is totally unnecessary. Freezing Thousand Island dressing is not only possible but also easy! So do not throw out the extra right away or stash it in the fridge thinking it won’t get pushed to the back and forgotten about (it will)! So spend a moment, package the extra Thousand Island dressing up for the freezer, and have it ready whenever the salad or corn beef or BBQ is calling for it!
How To Freeze Thousand Island Dressing
The trick to freezing Thousand Island dressing is keeping the air completely away from the surface of the sauce. I find that the easiest way to accomplish this is to use freezer safe bags.
- Divide the leftover Thousand Island dressing into single use portions.
- Place in freezer safe bags being sure to remove as much air as possible. I use a straw to suck out the air as I’m sealing the bag.
- Label and date the bag and place in the freezer. The dressing will last for 3 months in the freezer. Longer freezing times will not hurt the dressing but may result in a texture change.
How To Thaw Thousand Island Dressing
Thawing Thousand Island dressing is as easy as removing it from the freezer and placing it in the refrigerator. When the dressing it completely thawed, simply give it a good stir to recover the original creamy texture. Enjoy!