Thousand Island dressing is a total staple in our house. It’s easy to whip up, is much healthier than the bottled version, and it’s delicious on salad or as a dip for burgers or chicken.
I’m a total sauce junkie. I admit it.
When we go to restaurants, the thing I’m most interested in is what kind of sauces they have. I’ll dip my steamed broccoli in just about anything. I’ll drizzle my salad with all kinds of goodness. Grilled chicken always needs a sauce. A bunless burger gets even more delicious when you top it off with something flavorful.
Of course, many store-bought and restaurant-made sauces are loaded with sugar which means carb city.
I try to avoid visiting carb city. ?
Have you ever checked the nutrition label to see how many carbs are in thousand island dressing? It can be quite a lot.
Not today, friends. This homemade thousand island dressing recipe is beyond easy and just uses a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge!
Let’s do this…
What ingredients to use for homemade thousand island dressing:
You’ll need some mayonnaise, reduced sugar ketchup, pickle relish, white distilled vinegar, salt, and a pinch of sweetener.
For the mayo, you can use whatever brand you prefer. If you’re keto, give this avocado oil mayo a try. (Affiliate link)
I always buy and use Heinz no sugar added ketchup. (affiliate link) It’s my favorite and my kids don’t notice any weird aftertaste.
Now, I’m going to get a little controversial here – I use dill pickle relish in my 1000 island dressing. A lot of people use sweet relish, but I’m just not about that life. If you do go for sweet relish, make sure to find a version using a sweetener instead of sugar. Those carbs can really sneak up on you!
This recipe needs a pinch of your favorite sweetener. My favorite is this Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. (affiliate link)
It tastes so close to brown sugar that I could literally eat it plain. I don’t notice an aftertaste and even my suuuuuuper picky husband approves of this sweetener. He can detect an aftertaste like no one’s business, so that’s high praise. ?
How to make thousand island dressing:
Now that you’ve gathered your ingredients, you literally just toss them in a bowl and whisk them together. It doesn’t get easier than that!
I store my homemade thousand island dressing in a mason jar in the fridge.
How long will mayo based salad dressing last in the fridge:
Personally, I keep this for dressing for 2 weeks. We’ve usually used a batch this size in that amount of time and I feel completely safe eating it during that time.
I err on the side of caution and toss any remainders.
However, in theory, this recipe should last longer. Personally, I’m a fan of better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to mayo. ?
If you love this salad dressing, be sure to try my homemade ranch dressing too. It’s so thick and creamy and packed with herbs.
More low carb recipes you’ll love:
Mustard BBQ Sauce: I drizzle this over pulled pork for the ultimate combo.
Garlic Butter Shrimp: Easiest dinner ever!!
Cucumber Salad: So perfect! I make this ahead and eat it all week.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: If you’re trying to convince the kids to try Brussels sprouts, this is how to do it!
Thousand Island Dressing
This thousand island dressing is perfect drizzled over a salad, but I really like to eat it with bunless burgers too!
Per 2 tablespoons: 184 calories, 20g fat, 0g protein, 1g carbs
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup
- 3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sweetener
Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Taste and add additional salt or sweetener as desired.
Store in a mason jar, tightly closed, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Use sugar free sweet relish, if preferred.