Russian Dressing (with option for fermenty, pho-flavored version)


Russian dressing is good on so many things (burgers, fries, wings, hot dogs, brisket, sandwiches, and much more). I made it most recently to use on an epic Pho Reuben sandwich which incorporated many fermented and pho-spiced components.

That Russian dressing, which is featured in this post, used several fermented and homemade components (like my easy paleo mayo, hot sauce, fermented horseradish, and pho-flavored fermented ketchup) and was delicious for it! It had a delicious pho flavor which you can achieve too if you use those recipes.

But I wanted to provide a very straightforward Russian dressing recipe, so if you don’t have the time for those fermented or homemade versions (or don’t need all your condiments to taste like pho 😏), you can go ahead and use whichever store-bought brands you like.

Russian Dressing is similar to Thousand Island but the latter has a sweeter kick with pickle relish. Russian dressing has a tangy, slightly spicy kick using a bit of horseradish, onion or garlic, and hot sauce. I’ll be posting a Thousand Island version recipe soon too, using my pho-spiced pickles. (Update: here it is.) This was a great alternative used in another pho Reuben!

This recipe makes about 12 oz. of Russian dressing.

You will need: mixing bowl & spoon, knife & cutting board, measuring cups & spoons

Although I was tempted to make my own Worcestershire sauce, Lea & Perrins is a delicious all-natural product. Whole Foods’ brand “365 Everyday” also makes a great organic version.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBSP finely chopped onion
  • 4 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt to taste
  • Optional add-ons: 1 TBSP finely chopped celery; 1 clove finely minced garlic; 1 TBSP sour cream


1.) Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly with a spoon. Store in a 16 oz. mason jar or other low air-exposure container.

The dressing should be good for around 10 days to two weeks in the fridge if using homemade mayo. Use of commercial products with preservatives will yield a longer shelf life.

That’s it! Enjoy. Let us know what you put in yours and what else you love it on!

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