The base of Thousand Island dressing is mayonnaise and ketchup, to which most hounds add pickle relish or chopped sweet pickles. pikawicca sticks to her mother’s formula: twice as much mayo as ketchup, with sweet pickle relish to taste. “Keep it simple,” she counsels. Others add their own twists.

Some like to include a bit of spice. A little shot of Tabasco is “[n]ot exactly detectable, but makes a big difference,” thinks monfrancisco. blue room mixes mayo and ketchup “until it is the right color pink,” then adds chili powder. “Excellent on a wedge of plain light green lettuce,” she says.

When GH1618 makes Thousand Island to dress crab Louis, he uses Crosse & Blackwell Seafood Cocktail Sauce in place of ketchup. For a twist, fourunder will add chopped olives and capers.

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Photograph of CHOW’s Thousand Island Dressing by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

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