What is Reuben Sauce Made Of?

Reuben sauce, also known as Russian dressing or Thousand Island dressing, is a tangy and flavorful condiment that is commonly used on Reuben sandwiches. It is made with a base of mayonnaise and ketchup, and typically includes other ingredients such as grated onion, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, paprika, salt, and pepper.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


  • For a spicier dressing, add more hot sauce to taste.
  • For a sweeter dressing, add more ketchup to taste.
  • For a creamier dressing, add more mayonnaise to taste.
  • For a chunky dressing, add chopped pickles or relish to taste.


Reuben sauce is most commonly used on Reuben sandwiches, which are made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye bread. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for other foods, such as French fries, onion rings, or chicken tenders.

Nutritional Information:

One tablespoon of Reuben sauce contains approximately:

  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 5 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram


  • For the best flavor, use high-quality ingredients.
  • Make the dressing ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Store the dressing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • If the dressing is too thick, add a little bit of water or milk to thin it out.
  • If the dressing is too thin, add a little bit of mayonnaise to thicken it up.

How to Make Russian Dressing?

While you could buy Russian dressing or even use Thousand Island dressing in its place, the homemade version tastes much better and is much simpler to prepare.

  • Creamy horseradish, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion, paprika, chili garlic sauce, lemon juice, and salt and pepper should all be combined in a bowl.

What is a Reuben Sandwich?

A traditional Reuben is a sandwich made with Russian dressing, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef that is grilled until the rye bread crisps and the cheese melts.

While the sandwich can be consumed either way, we prefer to serve it hot. An enticing grilled sandwich is created when the meat is heated, the cheese melts, and the tart dressing seeps into the sauerkraut.

Russian Dressing | Perfect for a Reuben Sandwich | 4K


Is Thousand Island the same as Russian dressing?

The ingredient that differentiates Russian dressing from Thousand Island is—drumroll, please—horseradish. When you have Russian dressing accenting a hearty sandwich like a Reuben, the horseradish can be hard to detect, especially when you’ve got the sharp, funky flavors of sauerkraut to contend with.

What is a traditional Reuben made of?

A traditional reuben sandwich consists of thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread slathered with Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

What is a substitute for Russian dressing?

In the United States, Russian dressing has largely been supplanted by Thousand Island dressing, which is sweeter and less spicy than Russian. Other combinations of mayonnaise and ketchup, but without the spicy ingredients, are known as fry sauce or other names, and typically served with French fries or tostones.

How unhealthy is a Reuben?

About the Reuben Unfortunately, this traditional sandwich is NOT one that I consider “heart healthy” as it provides approximately 800 calories, 50 grams fat, 20 grams of the artery-clogging saturated fat, 40 grams carbohydrates, 36 grams protein, and a whopping 3200 mg. of sodium!

How do you make Reuben sauce?

This Reuben Sauce is a spicy condiment of sauerkraut, onions, horseradish, and pickled mustard seeds for any sandwich, burger, or hot dog! In a medium-sized skillet, combine the olive oil and caraway seeds. Heat over medium high heat, cook the caraway seeds for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the sauerkraut and onion to the pan.

What is Reuben sauce?

This Reuben sauce recipe captures the essence of a classic Reuben sandwich in all its glory. Straight from the bustling streets of New York City to your kitchen, the sauce is flavorful in every bite. The blend of ingredients creates a tangy flavor that perfectly complements the layers of corned beef and melted Swiss cheese.

What is in a Reuben sandwich?

The Reuben sandwich is layers of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and sauce. There is a lot of debate as to whether it is 1000 island dressing or Russian dressing. For my Reuben Sauce, I decided to combine the two, along with some sauerkraut and onions to make a sauce that is delicious enough to stand on its own!

What is a Reuben sandwich dressing?

This Reuben sandwich dressing or sauce is a little bit Russian dressing, a little bit Thousand Island dressing, and all delicious. It’s a rich, creamy dressing that is both sweet and tangy. It also has a nice kick with the addition of hot sauce.

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