Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

You want this creamy sweet and savory vegan Thousand Island Dressing to serve over salads, of course! But there’s so much you can do with this amazing dressing, including serving it with Air Fryer Potato Wedges as a dip or as a condiment with Vegan Black Bean Burgers. It’s easy to add this dressing to meals because it’s ready in minutes!

A spoon drizzles vegan thousand island dressing over a bowl of crispy greens and cherry tomatoes.

I’m a self-proclaimed salad queen because hardly a day goes by where I don’t have one. Seriously. And one thing I’ve learned is that having the right dressing makes all the difference in the world! That’s one reason I love this dairy-free thousand island dressing recipe!

What is Thousand Island Dressing?

Traditional thousand island combines mayo with a sweet tomato mixture like ketchup. It sometimes includes a mashed egg (as a thickener) combined with a sweet pickle relish. It may seem impossible to make a dressing like this one vegan, but thanks to vegan mayo and other creamy ingredients, not only is it possible, it’s delicious, too!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • This dressing is EASY to make and perfect to use on salads or veggie burgers
  • Vegan mayo keeps it creamy and delicious
  • Sweet relish adds texture and flavor to every bite!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
Ingredients are laid out on a white counter. The labels next to them read, vegan sour cream, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, relish, onion, maple syrup, and vegan mayo.
  • Vegan mayo — You’ll need around 1/2 cup of vegan mayo. You can find this at health food stores and at some major grocery stores.
  • Vegan sour cream — If you don’t have access to vegan sour cream, simply replace it with the same amount of vegan mayo or a thick and creamy plain vegan yogurt.
  • Onion — I recommend using a red onion, but you can substitute the white part of green onions (also known as spring onions). Consider these spring onion substitutes for even more options.
  • Relish — Sweet pickle relish works best for this dressing.
  • Vinegar — You can use white wine vinegar or white vinegar or substitute lemon juice.
  • Maple syrup — Use maple syrup or substitute agave nectar.

How to Make Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
    Transfer to a lidded container like a mason jar, and cover
  3. Keep refrigerated between uses for for up to 2 weeks.

Marly’s Tips

  • Add more or less sweet relish depending on your preferences for texture and flavor.
  • Make this dressing even creamier by using all-vegan mayo.
  • You can make a double batch or even half a batch depending on how much you need.
A spoon holds dressing and hovers over a bowl full of the the same creamy dressing. There's a bowl with salad in the background.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Why is it called thousand island dressing?

This dressing was named after the islands near New York where the recipe was created by a home cook, Sophie Lalonde. The recipe quickly gained popularity and is now a dressing enjoyed by millions.

Is thousand island dressing vegan?

The typical thousand island dressing is not vegan because it’s made with regular mayonnaise and possibly sour cream, both of which are made from animal products. However, it’s an easy recipe to make vegan thanks to vegan mayo and vegan sour cream.

Serving Suggestions

Of course, this dressing is amazing on salads, but did you know it’s also a great condiment, too? I love drizzling it over my favorite veggie burgers, such as:

Storage Tips

Transfer the dressing to a lidded glass jar or storage container and keep refrigerated. It will keep for up to 10 to 14 days. You can freeze this dressing in appropriate freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.

A bowl is full of Thousand Island Dressing and sits in front of a salad with greens and cherry tomatoes.

Vegan Salad Favorites

Serve this thousand island dressing on your favorite salads, such as any of the following:

A spon full of vegan thousand island dressing hovers over a bowl full of the dressing. It sits in front of a bowl of salad, barely visible in the background.

Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

Make your own dairy-free Thousand Island Dressing to serve on your favorite salads. This tangy and sweet dressing is perfect for salads or as a condiment for veggie burgers, fries, and more.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 75kcal


  • ½ cup vegan mayo
  • cup vegan sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (the white part, finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Transfer to a lidded container like a mason jar, cover, and keep refrigerated. It will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • Serve as a condiment on veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.

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How to Serve Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

Add this dressing to your favorite salads, such as:

Recipe Suggestions:

  • If you don’t have access to vegan sour cream, substitute cashew sauce or additional vegan mayo.
  • Add more or less sweet relish depending on your preferences for texture and flavor.
  • Make this dressing even creamier by using all vegan mayo.
  • You can make a double batch or even half a batch depending on how much you need.
Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

3 Responses to Vegan Thousand Island Dressing

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAveril D Ring Reply

    5 stars
    Love this dressing on salads. Dressing is easy to prepare and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. It’s definitely a keeper

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you like it, Averil!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChristine Reply

    5 stars
    Made this and it was so good on salads. Haven’t tried it on veggie burgers yet but I will!

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