by Tammy Taylor
RancherMan’s not much of a salad guy, but he knows I’ll be pushing the fresh veggies on him every chance I get. Recently I came by quite a quantity of carrots and in an effort to make sure they didn’t go to waste I blanched & froze quite a few, steamed quite a few for supper sides and also sliced up some raw ones as well. In a sneaky sneak-more-veggies move I have a covered container that I keep in the fridge with these sliced carrots & while I’m preparing supper I’ll bring it out for him to snack on. But he’s not one to snack on carrots without dipping them into a sauce of some kind and his sauce of choice is Thousand Island dressing. But then the unthinkable happened – we ran out of the dressing. (In my best southern belle voice) “Oh gracious, what evah shall I do??”
Well thankfully, Thousand Island dressing is ridiculously easy to make. I stir in equal parts of homemade sweet pickle relish and homemade mayonnaise, and 1/2 measure of ketchup. Since RancherMan doesn’t typically eat salad I don’t want to make a huge quantity so today the quantities I mixed up were 1/2 cup each relish & mayonnaise and 1/4 cup ketchup along with a little salt & pepper.
Not being genetically able to leave a recipe alone I also minced up about 1/4 teaspoon of garlic and about a tablespoon of onion and a minced dill pickle slice. Hey, the more veggies I can sneak into everyday foods for him the better, right??
The empty Thousand Island dressing bottle was replenished, balance was restored and peace reigned once more in the TMH kingdom, with RancherMan happily munching on raw carrots.
Thousand Island Dressing
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 finely-chopped dill pickle slice
Mix all together & pour into repurposed container – ENJOY!