Russian Dressing

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This recipe is bold and so deeply flavorful. And so much better than the bottled variety!

We don’t eat this dressing that often, but, wow, is this version ever good. It’s nice on a green leaf salad, but it’s especially good as a dressing on a sandwich. Of course, a homemade Reuben sandwich wouldn’t be the same without this dressing. And it all comes together in a matter of minutes! We love it on burgers, including our epic Copycat Big Mac.

A small glass jar filled with Russian dressing with a spoon lifting some of it out of the jar.

The ingredients for this dressing are straightforward, yet are bold. Wondering why it’s called Russian Dressing? Learn more it’s history here.

If you prefer little to no spice level, then pull back on the chili sauce, or omit it completely.

In order for the onion to not overpower the flavor profile, we run it along the side of our box grater. This prevents you from biting into chunks of raw onion but keeps a nuance of fresh onion flavor.

A hand scraping a cut onion down the sides of a box grater, grating the onion.

The Ingredients You Will Need

All the flavors come together to make such a unique and extremely fresh taste and texture. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill pickles
  • Horseradish sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Chili sauce
  • Onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

If you prefer little to no spice at all, then you’ll want to pull back on the chili sauce, or, omit it entirely.

A bowl filled with mayonnaise, chopped pickles, and the other ingredients for homemade Russian dressing.

Now, it’s time to bring it all together! The smell of this wonderful dressing is so inviting.

All you have to do is grab a fork and mix it all together.

We like to transfer the Russian Dressing to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

A fork mixing a white bowl filled with all the ingredients of Russian dressing.

Russian Dressing Makes a Reuben Complete

As mentioned, a Rueben sandwich just wouldn’t be complete without Russian dressing.

Making it from scratch is easy and just so delicious.

Doesn’t this just make your mouth water?

A hand holding one half of a grilled rueben sandwich with a bite taken out of it.

Ready to make the best Russian dressing in town? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedloon!

A spoon filled with Homemade Russian Dressing over a small ramekin full of the same next to a lemon half and parsley.

Russian Dressing

This Russian Dressing has a nice kick and an incredible flavor profile. Use in salads, egg or chicken salad, and of course...deli sandwiches, such as a Reuben. Amazing!
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Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade Russian dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 138kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chili sauce Heinz has a nice version, or find some in the Asian section of your supermarket
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated white onion a box grater works well
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill pickles minced
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon
  • Pinch of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Mix everything together in medium-sized bowl.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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