Does anyone still use Russian dressing? Matt's Memo
A cultural wave is coming. The use of Russian dressing could be making a come back. If that does happen credit goes to the words of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Growing tired of all the questions of the Trump Administration regarding possible connections to the Russian government Spicer nailed the one liner this afternoon.
When addressing reporters he said, "If the President puts Russian dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection." That set off a word salad of fun on Twitter much of it including the hashtag #RussianDressing.
It would appear Spicer and his team crafted this line somewhere along the way to be poured out at just the right instance. It made me wonder whether anyone still orders Russian dressing on a salad. I was certain one hold out that could be found on a pub menu was Russian dressing on a Reuben sandwich. So I researched a couple of Syracuse's favorite Irish pubs.
Coleman's on Tipperary Hill makes a nice Reuben. Their menu says they use Thousand Island dressing on the corned beef and sauerkraut. Kitty Hoynes in Armory Square also serves a Reuben. Do they use Russian dressing? No. Thousand Island.
It seems Russian and Thousand Island have turned into a synonymous dressing even though they are a world apart. Martha Stewart's recipe for Russian calls for mayo, ketchup, relish, lemon and Worcestershire. She says mayo, chili sauce, relish , vinegar, milk and scallion make up Thousand Island. There's consensus that Thousand Island has a little more kick. Unless, it's really just the same dressing in a different bottle.
Since Russia is an expensive and lengthy trip our best bet to get to the bottom of the dressing comparison may be to take the drive north to Clayton and find the real origin of Thousand Island dressing. I'll bet that Russians had nothing to do with the first time it was mixed for a shore dinner salad.