Nucleation can play an important role during the formation of silicides, especially when the difference in Gibbs free energy ΔG between the existing and newly formed phase is small. In this work, it is shown that the addition of elements that form a solid solution with either the existing or nucleating phase influences the entropy of mixing and thus changes ΔG. In this way, the height of the nucleation barrier may be controlled, thus controlling the nucleation temperature. The influence of mixing entropy on silicide nucleation is illustrated by experiments for two ternary systems: Co–Mn–Si and Ni–Pd–Si. It is shown that the nucleation temperature of CoSi2 is increased by the addition of Mn, the nucleation temperature of MnSi1.7 is increased by the presence of Co, the nucleation temperature of NiSi2 is increased by the addition of Pd, and the nucleation temperature of PdSi is decreased by the addition of Ni. In all four cases, the effect of the alloying element on the nucleation temperature can be explained by a model on the basis of the concept of mixing entropy.