When I think about secret sauce, my vegan thousand island dressing recipe comes to mind. Not only does vegan thousand island dressing taste great on a salad, but thousand island dressing is also great on sandwiches and burgers. Furthermore, a thousand island dressing can also be a dip for vegetables as well.
In order to master vegan thousand island dressing, all you need is the ingredients in my Vegan French Dressing recipe, and then simply add diced dill pickles. Yes, the true secret is the pickles. Although some people prefer sweet pickles, I prefer dill pickles. But, the choice is yours.
In fact, I use vegan thousand island dressing on my Vegan Tempeh Reuben. Regardless of your sandwich, salad, or dips, vegan thousand island dressing is the secret sauce you are in search of.
WHAT'S IN VEGAN THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING?
- Raw cashews
- Organic ketchup
- Apple cider vinegar
- Agave (you can sub maple syrup)
- Pickles (sweet or dill)
In fact, without the pickles, vegan thousand island dressing is simply Vegan French Dressing. So, if you don't like pickles, just skip them and still enjoy the yum of secret sauce.
VEGAN THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING: PERFECT FOR LOTS OF RECIPES
Since I love sauce, why not make healthy sauces at home?
For instance, vegan thousand island goes perfect on a Vegan Tempeh Reuben sandwich.
Instead of using Vegan Cashew Mayo on a Vegan BLT, use vegan thousand island dressing instead.
Additionally, choose your favorite salad, like my Roasted Vegetable Salad, and give it a little thousand island love.
Another one of my favorite recipes to top with secret sauce is my Beet Burger recipe.
Furthermore, this dressing is also a yummy dip for your favorite veggies! My favorites, for instance, are carrots and celery.
Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
- ½ cup raw cashews soaked overnight but not necessary
- ½ cup organic ketchup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons agave you can sub maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup of diced pickles*
Variation 1 and 2: (If you are allergic to nuts)
- Substitute ½ cup Vegenasie for nuts and reduce water to ¼ cup or
- Substitute ½ cup silken tofu for nuts and use ½ cup water
- Blend all ingredients except the pickles
- Dice the pickles and stir into the blended dressing
- Refrigerate until cool.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂
Sub for cashews? And how much would you recommend?
Hi Marci, the substitutions are in the recipe card at the bottom. You can use silken tofu and reduce the water by 1/2. Or you could also use plain plant-based yogurt, and do not add any water. Sunflower seeds are another option and include the same amount of water. I hope you enjoy the salad dressing.
Best thousand island dressing ever! I used beans instead of cashews and this was honestly the best I’ve ever eaten, vegan or not! Thanks for an amazing recipe, Kathy!
Your VEGAN THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING is outstanding! And, it freezes well. I can't wait to try your other salad dressings!
Hi Elaine, I'm so glad you liked it. I've never frozen it, but good to know. It never lasts that long in my house haha. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it. Stay safe and healthy!