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Homemade Russian Dressing - Easy to make with common ingredients and so much better than the bottled version!

If you’ve followed us for a while here at A Family Feast, then you know that we are big proponents of cooking from scratch. This holds particularly true when it comes to salad dressings – like today’s homemade Russian Dressing!

Why buy the bottled stuff when you can make a delicious homemade version that tastes so much better? In fact – Russian Dressing is made from fairly common ingredients you might already have in your kitchen!

It’s a mix of mayonnaise, red onion, sweet pepper relish, ketchup, dill pickles, chives and prepared horseradish. We also like to give our homemade Russian Dressing a little extra ‘oomph’ 🙂 with the addition of some hot Hungarian paprika – but regular paprika can also be used if you prefer.

And – check out our delicious Kielbasa Reuben sandwich recipe that is made using this homemade Russian Dressing!

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Russian Dressing - A Family Feast

Russian Dressing

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups
  • Category: salad dressing
  • Cuisine: Russian


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup sweet pepper relish (not pickle relish, but pepper relish. Looks red and is sold everywhere)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup fresh dill pickles, drained, dried and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Dressing may be stored for up to a week refrigerated.

Keywords: Russian, salad dressing

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  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    You’re right – homemade dressings beat the bottled stuff any day of the week. This dressing looks dangerously addictive.

  • Anita wrote:

    Great recipe! We love making everything from scratch too and this looks like a fantastic all around dressing!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & DIshes wrote:

    I always forget how easy it is to make dressing at home – and the taste is SO much better! Love this!

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet wrote:

    This looks similar to a thousand island dressing which my family loves, so I am thinking they would love this for sure!

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    Growing up my step mom always used to make her own Russian dressing. Don’t tell her but yours looks way better 🙂

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop wrote:

    I do love things homemade, but you seem to be the master of homemade! This dressing looks great! Can’t wait to see the sandwich…

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathy! 🙂

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I love making homemade dressings. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    Homemade dressings are just the best!

  • Stephanie @Back for Seconds wrote:

    Mmmmm, this sounds so much better than store bought!

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