Homemade Russian Dressing

A pitcher of Russian dressing.

Ditch the bottled dressing and make your own homemade salad dressing instead.  This Russian salad dressing recipe is great for salads, burgers, sandwiches and more. All you need is 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for this Easy Homemade Russian Dressing.

Ingredients for Russian Dressing.

If you’ve been poking around this site for any amount of time, you know that I’m a big proponent of homemade salad dressings. Everything from quick and easy lemon vinaigrette to buttermilk dressing and creamy caesar dressing. Let’s add one more to the repertoire.  Easy Homemade Russian Dressing.

The ingredients in this dressing are things that you’ve probably already got in your fridge and pantry, making this a real no-brainer. Making Russian dressing from scratch takes all of 5 minutes (if you’re a slow chopper) and only requires 4 ingredients (if you don’t count the salt and pepper).

How To Make Russian Dressing From Scratch:

This recipe makes a scant cup of dressing, that’s thick and creamy, slightly sweet with a tangy finish from the white wine vinegar… and don’t you love that salmon-pink color?

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A ceramic pitcher of homemade dressing.

If you like a little heat, try adding some horseradish to pump up the spice. If you prefer sweeter flavors, a little pickle relish will do the trick.

The Russian dressing with a salad.

Don’t be pigeonholed by the word “dressing” either.  Yes, this is a great topping for a salad, but spooned onto a burger (a la the Big Mac’s special sauce) or a classic Reuben and it ties all the flavors together. It’s great spooned over grilled chicken or fish too — and we already know this easy homemade Russian dressing plays nice with vegetables.

Pouring dressing over a salad.

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3.77 from 30 votes

Russian Salad Dressing

Creamy and tangy, this traditional Russian Salad Dressing is nice drizzled on grilled meats as well as on burgers or sandwiches.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dipping sauce, homemade salad dressing, russian dressing, salad dressing, sandwich spread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion finely minced
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Serve immediately, or keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.


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Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I used vegan mayo to make this easy recipe, and it was fantastic on my vegan rueben!

  2. Marlene Miranda says:

    5 stars
    Will be making this baby for tonight’s dinner, Reuben sandwiches! thanks!

  3. Marlene Haffner says:

    Kroger used to have the best Russian Dressing and I used it to make the best and easy chicken recipe that everyone loved. They have discontinued it. This recipe looks just like the Kroger brand. Going to try it.

  4. Thank you for recommending a variation that is a little sweeter! I’m definitely going to try adding a little bit of pickle relish and see how it turns out. It sounds so delicious. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to try making this dressing at home.

  5. 5 stars
    Russian dressing is one of my all-time favorite dressings and this looks so easy and delicious! And you’re right, you don’t have to just put it on salad!! The possibilities are endless! Can’t wait to try your delicious dressing, Lisa!

  6. 5 stars
    Homemade dressings are so much better than store bought! I really enjoy Russian dressing so I will definitely have to give this one a try, especially with all the spring salads I’ll be eating ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. 5 stars
    Simple salad dressings like this is a keeper. I love salads and when there is a yummy dressing to go with, I can eat salad all day! Salad with eggs are the best way to eat salad according to me! I love chicken too with my salad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I grew up on Russian dressing ~ we had it on sandwiches, ‘hearts of lettuce’ salads, etc, and I love it so much I could eat it with a spoon, this is calling my name!!

  9. 5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever had Russian dressing before…but it looks really tasty, and I love how simple the ingredients list is!

    1. It is simple and remarkably tasty on a salad!