Flavorful Russian dressing can be used on salads or as a condiment on sandwiches. You may recognize it as the spread used on Reuben sandwiches.

Despite its name, it is actually an American concoction. According to lore, the original recipe contained caviar, which is why it was referred to as “Russian” dressing.

There are many different recipes for Russian dressing. Mine is very simple, and what I remember from childhood. It combines mayo with ketchup and sweet pickles. Variations sometimes include horseradish, mustard, and various spices. I like to add Worcestershire sauce for a little kick.

Russian dressing is similar to Thousand Island dressing, but with a little more oomph.

Try it on your next salad or sandwich. My favorite is to use it as spread on a Turkey Reuben. It’s also very good with seafood in place of tartar sauce. Have fun experimenting with this fun dressing.

Russian salad dressing

Russian Salad Dressing

Classic Russian dressing for salads or sandwiches
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American, Russian


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir well
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before using.


This dressing will keep in an airtight glass container for up to a week.
Keyword dressing, salad

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Russian salad dressing