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Is Russian dressing a new thing?

Asked by Alana2009 (132points) July 21st, 2010

I just saw a Russian dressing at my local grocery store. Is it a new kind of dressing or was I missing it the whole time? Have you ever heard of Russian dressing?

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dpworkin's avatar

It’s a regional name for Thousand Island dressing.

janbb's avatar

Oh g-d no – it’s been around for donkey’s years. We used to make it at home; mayonnaise and ketchup. I think Thousand Island (presumably originally a regional name too) has pickle pieces in it which Russian dressing doesn’t always.

Jeruba's avatar

My mother used to make it in the 1950s and 1960s.

Austinlad's avatar

I’ve seen bottles of Russian that seemed darker to me than Thousand Island, but everybody’s right—pretty much the same stuff. Which leads me to ask, does anybody know the difference between Catsup and Ketchup besides the spelling? Seems I recall that Catsup has something in it Ketchup doesn’t.

cockswain's avatar

“I just saw a Russian dressing at my local grocery store.”

This is a wonderfully ambiguous sentence.

dpworkin's avatar

Ketchup and Catsup are corruptions of Ketjap, a sauce in Asian cuisine, not always necessarily tomato based.

perspicacious's avatar

No, it’s been around forever.

It’s not the same thing as thousand island dressing. It’s dark red and tastes like, well, I don’t know how to say what it tastes like. I don’t like it.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, wikipedia says it’s been around for well over 100 years, and I personally remember it from over a half century ago.

Alana2009's avatar

@cockswain I get what your mind is thinking. Funny!

downtide's avatar

I definitely remember it from when I was a kid (40 years ago), although I don’t think anyone calls it Russian dressing any more.

mrentropy's avatar

I’m not going to comment because it’ll just be repeating everything everyone else said.

But… Russian is still called Russian, I’ve always seen it a deeper red than Thousand Island. My dad used to make it, too. He made it in a hurry, though, and said it was “Rushin’ Russian” dressing. To me, it tasted like mayo and ketchup, 1K Islands tastes different to me.

zenele's avatar

I’m with @mrentropy – I grew up with “Russian Dressing” and it’s pretty much mayo and ketchup – Thousand Island always seemed lighter, not so ketchupy and a bit more vinegary.

vikachka's avatar

When you said Russian Dressing! I really thought how they dress Lol hahaha…. Not the actual Salad dressing… It’s kinda good, not bad..

dasiagrayson's avatar

no , it not new.
Russian dresses are quite old dressing style..but now a days it is again in fashion like a vintage dresses.

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downtide's avatar

we’re talking about salad dressing, not Russian dresses. ;)

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