Homemade Russian Dressing
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!
- Mayonnaise – Use your favorite!
- Chili sauce – I buy the Heinz brand (it’s what my mom always used in these chipped ham BBQ sandwiches!).
- Shallot – Grated, so that it more easily blends into the dressing. You can substitute grated onion.
- Horseradish – I use the “prepared horseradish” for this dressing.
- Worcestershire sauce – Use your favorite brand.
- Hot sauce – I use Tabasco, but you can also use Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, or your favorite blend. If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can increase the amount to 1 teaspoon.
- Paprika – Reach for the “regular” or “sweet” paprika; do not use smoked paprika, as it will alter the flavor greatly.
How to Make It
It could not be simpler!
Just add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk until they are thoroughly combined.
You can use it immediately, but the dressing will taste even better if you let it sit for at least 1 hour before using.
How to Use It
Hands-down, my absolute favorite way to use Russian dressing is on a Reuben sandwich!
Slather it on rye bread, then pile it high with corned beef or pastrami, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut or coleslaw.
Here are more ideas for serving Russian dressing:
- As a salad dressing
- Spread on a burger
- Spread on any of your favorite deli sandwiches
- Add it to your quesadillas!
How to Store It
Kept in an airtight container, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing is not recommended.
More of My Favorite Dressings
- Mom’s Italian Dressing
- Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Classic Burger Sauce
- Creamy Coleslaw Dressing
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- 1 cup (227 g) mayonnaise
- ½ cup (136 g) chili sauce
- 1 shallot, grated
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) hot sauce
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) sweet paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.
- Shallot: You can substitute 1 tablespoon of grated onion for the shallot.
- Hot Sauce: Use your favorite, i.e. Tabasco, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, etc. For a spicier sauce, you can increase the hot sauce up to 1 teaspoon.
- Sandwiches: This is enough dressing to make about 8 Reuben sandwiches.
- Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Freezing is not recommended.
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Oh yum. I am totally making this.
I hope you enjoy it!