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Reuben Sandwich with homemade Slaw and homemade thousand island dressing

Best Reuben Sandwich with easy homemade Slaw


You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make the BEST Reuben Sandwich ever!

This best Reuben Sandwich is a must in your regular meal rotation, because it’s so delicious.

Start with lots of tender corned beef stuffed in between thick slices of marbled rye bread.

Generously spoon on the quick to make homemade crisp slaw; which compliments the corned beef amazingly. 

Then top it all off with a Thousand Island dressing that you make yourself in hardly any time at all. This sauce is better than anything you can purchase, seriously it’s fabulous.

The combination of layers creates one of the most extraordinary sandwiches you’ll ever eat.

In the Reuben you can use slow cooked corn beef, and the link is HERE , or  you can use deli pastrami to make it even easier. Either way, this sandwich will satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

It’s an excellent choice in sandwich to take on an outing, a picnic, or to make ahead for a busy day because it’s a crowd- pleaser, and your family will ask for it often.




Reuben Sandwich

The BEST Reuben Sandwich with Homemade Slaw & Homemade Thousand Island Dressing


Rye Bread OR Marbled Rye Bread

Cooked Corn Beef (click HERE for my recipe to cook it yourself, just stop before adding in the potatoes, cabbage, etc.), deli sliced corn beef or pastrami

Homemade Broccoli Slaw, recipe below

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, recipe below


Directions for assembling the Reuben:

       1- Place a piece of bread on plate.

       2- Generously place cooked corn beef

       3- Spoon mixed slaw liberally over meat

       4- Pour dressing over slaw

       5- Top with another slice of bread



Homemade Broccoli Slaw


1/3  cup real mayonnaise (can use Miracle Whip, but it tends to overpower it with sweetness)

1/8 tsp. celery seed

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. Emerill Original Seasoning

3 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar (vinegar with sugar added)

12 oz. broccoli slaw

5-6 green onions, sliced thin


Directions for Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

To make the Homemade Thousand Island Dressing – full ingredient list below the picture:

1- Combine the mayonnaise, celery seed, garlic powder, onion powder Emerill’s Original Seasoning and rice wine vinegar.

2- Allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight. 


Thirty minutes to 2 hours before serving/assembling the Reuben sandwich:

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, sliced onions and dressing.

Mix the dressing into the broccoli slaw.


Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, use within 2 days.Broccoli Slaw 3

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing


1 cup REAL mayonnaise

1/4 cup chili sauce

1 Tbl. minced yellow onion

1 Tbl. minced dill pickle

1 Tbl. minced celery

1 Tbl. sour cream

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

dash hot pepper sauce

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. sugar

Salt to taste

Directions for Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

1- In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well.Thousand Island Dressing2- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Best if used within 24 hours.Thousand Island Dressing 1

To make a mouth-watering fabulous sandwich: lay down some of my easy to make crockpot corned beef, or deli pastrami, a generous helping of the slaw and slather with the homemade sauce.

A sandwich made from marbled rye bread, lots of corned beef made in the crock pot, or slow cooker using my no-fail, easy recipe. Layer on a scrumptious homemade slaw and thousand island dressing that makes up quickly for a great dish. A favorite!

Reuben Sandwich with homemade Slaw and thousand island dressing

You will make this often, it’s so good!!! 

h, Slaw and homemade dressing

Carrie Groneman’s recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2020

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