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What is the difference between Russian and thousand island dressing ?

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Miranda is a contributor at Food52.

added about 2 years ago

So as I understand it after a little reading around, it sounds like Russian Dressing is sort of tangy-er and spicier, mayo-based with a little tomato and horseradish, while Thousand Island is very similar and has chopped up pickles & other garnishes (http://www.saveur.com/article...)

You and I are gonna have to have a sit down real soon. Russian dressing is NOT mayo based. That's Thousand Island. And the only real similarities are tomato product. Usually ketchup because it's more widely available. TI is sweeter, orange and thicker than Russian. While Russian is red (not by accident) hot, and spicy!

rosalind5 added about 2 years ago

Here is a thread from Chowhound on this very topic:

To summarize the thread: what Miranda said.

How are you gonna summarize something that is incorrect. The chow thread even says that yogurt is the preferred base for Russian Dressing. Did either of you read your comments before posting. As an editor of Food 52 I think there should be a little bit more accuracy in your statements


Miranda is a contributor at Food52.

added about 2 years ago
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Hi NeuB, While we appreciate active hotliners, and we encourage lively conversation, your tone is unnecessarily harsh and often out of sync with the general tone of these discussions. In a conversation like this (and like most hotline threads), we are not talking about a once-and-for-all definition. Debates like "thousand island vs. russian dressing" are inevitably going to dredge up personal memories, family lore & histories, regional variations and so on - all of the things that are so wonderful about food and so wonderful about discussions about food in a community like this. Please play nice, or don't play at all.

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Also, contrary to what you might think, mayo is NOT MILK FAT BASED! Its eggs and oil. Where o where is the dairy component in that?

amysarah added about 2 years ago

Not to get into the middle of this serious debate, but I think the confusion may stem from the terms Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing often being used interchangeably - for supermarket bottled dressings and on average deli menus (e.g., ' a roast beef on rye with Russian dressing' typically indicates the mayo/tomato/relish condiment.)

This usage may very well be incorrect - far be it from me to claim condiment expertise - but I have long seen the terms used interchangeably in those circumstances. And also - no need to SCREAM.


Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

added about 2 years ago

NeuB, while we appreciate your enthusiasm and participation on the hotline, your tone is inappropriate. There is no need to attack other community members for having different opinions, experiences, or research you don't agree with.

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