The pros: Trader Joe's Thousand Island Dressing is a solid option in the refrigerated aisle.
The cons: Nothing comes to mind.
The verdict: A recent commentary from my husband included the following statement: "Don't you ever bring home anything normal from Trader Joes?" In other words, he is expressing his wish for me to stop bringing home some of the more creative/experimental/avant-garde flavors of things.
I don't blame him. It's been a while since I brought home something that he would enjoy. We are on a bit of a salad kick in my household so I figured a "normal" flavored dressing might to the trick.
Now, I've seen my mom make Thousand Island dressing a whole bunch of times. The recipe went something like this: mayo, ketchup, pickle relish. Nothing complicated. The measurements go by color of the final product and not be anything else.
We used that dressing mostly for salad dressings, but it might have also found its way on to the occasional cheese burger to get our craving for an at home Big Mac type of experience. It's obviously a different recipe, but we say close enough on that too.
Here you are getting a similar type of dressing. There are a few other ingredients that would have never have made it into our homemade dressing like tamari soy sauce or tamarind. But they did not seem to play a key role in it either. The pickle flavor comes through here too but not too much in terms of texture. The biggest ingredient difference would be the use of pepper which adds a subtle heat on the back-end of each bite.
Overall, this is a solid dressing. Nothing weird or unexpected in terms of flavor. A good reliable option for those who are into the oldies but goodies. For $2.99 it's reasonably priced for a refrigerated dressing. It was good on salad, but I image this too will be good on a burger too.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe's Thousand Island Dressing:
The nutritional information:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Thousand Island Dressing again.
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