Russian dressing is an American
tomato-based salad dressing noted for its pungency. It is
typically orange-red, burnt red, or pink in color.
Russian dressing was invented in the United
States in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
Some claim that the dressing's name
originated in the fact that the condiment in those days
typically included caviar, a food associated with Russia.
It may have a base of yogurt, mayonnaise,
or ketchup, although the latter two ingredients are today more
associated with Thousand Island dressing. Earlier historical
recipes claiming to be Russian dressing usually do have a base
of mayonnaise, and are in fact indistinguishable from modern
Thousand Island dressing.
Ingredients may also include horseradish,
pimentos, chives and various additional spices.
The clearness that has come to be
associated with Russian dressing may be owed to the fact that
early recipes for it sometimes included gelatin or aspic.
- Russian dressing is often the
principal condiment used on Reuben sandwiches, although
Thousand Island dressing is also used for that purpose.
- Green salads with poached or
- Raw spinach salads.
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