This classic Russian dressing recipe is a wonderfully spicy spread to slather on your favorite sandwiches (especially Reubens!) or drizzle on a salad. With less than 10 minutes to prep time, it’s easy to always have a batch on hand!
Russian dressing is creamy and smooth, slightly spiced, and full of flavor; a perfect accompaniment to any sandwich or salad.
Its history dates back to the early 1900s in the U.S.; the original version included caviar, which was a staple in Russian cuisine, hence the name “Russian” dressing.
Russian Dressing vs. Thousand Island vs. French Dressing
All three of these dressings are similar in that they share a number of ingredients, but have some distinct differences:
Thousand Island dressing uses pickle relish and has a creamier, sweeter flavor.
French dressing, while also reddish in color from ketchup and paprika, is more of a traditional vinaigrette with a base of oil and vinegar.
Russian dressing is spicier and more piquant thanks to the addition of chili sauce, horseradish, and hot sauce.
The list of ingredients isn’t long, and each one gives this dressing a special pop of flavor!