Russian Dressing

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Russian dressing is essential for an authentic reuben sandwich. Similar to thousand island but spicier, it pairs perfectly with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and marble rye.

This spicy, piquant salad dressing received its name because the original used caviar, but the recipe as we know it, with mayonnaise, was created in the United States.

The difference between russian and thousand island are sweet pickles and horseradish or chili sauce. Russian is spicier and thousand is sweeter. It’s not only for salads and sandwiches, use it on burgers or as a dip and condiment for steak, shrimp and french fries.


mayo, ketchup chili sauce

Mix the mayo, chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, sugar and worcestershire sauce.

mixing Russian Dressing

Salt and pepper to taste.

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Russian Dressing

Makes a fabulous Reuben Sandwich!

  • Author: Tim
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 TBL ketchup
  • 2 TBL horseradish
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBL sugar
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt – to taste
  • Fresh coarsely ground black pepper – to taste


  1. Whisk together all ingredients
  2. Adjust salt and pepper
  3. Chill for two hours to give the flavors time to harmonize