An easy Keto thousand Island dressing recipe to add to your keto salad recipe or spread into keto bread and make big macs or Reuben sandwich at home! Bonus, this sugar-free salad dressing is also gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
What’s thousand island dressing?
A thousand Island dressing is an American salad dressing mainly made of mayonnaise, ketchup, orange juice, paprika, pickles, and Tabasco.
It’s a creamy orange sauce delicious with salad or to dip raw vegetables.
How do you make keto thousand island dressing?
It’s straightforward to make your own thousand island dressing at home. All you need is to combine all the simple ingredients below in a small bowl until creamy!
Keto thousand island dressing ingredients
To make your keto thousand island dressing recipe, you need:
- Mayonnaise – not all mayonnaise jars are keto-friendly because vegetable oils are not allowed on a keto diet. Choose avocado oil mayonnaise or olive oil mayonnaise for the best keto option.
- Sugar-free ketchup – make your own following my sugar-free ketchup recipe or use a store-bought version. You can also use tomato paste instead of sugar-free ketchup if preferred.
- Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- Erythritol – to add a touch of sweetness, combined with the above vinegar or lemon juice, it mimics the classic Worcestershire sauce flavor usually added in thousand dressing recipes. In fact, Worcestershire sauce is high in sugar and carbs, and it’s better to avoid it on a keto diet.
- Tabasco sauce or hot sauce for a spicy dressing, optional.
- Dill pickles – regular recipe use sweet pickle relish which contains sugar. In this keto version, we recommend dill pickles with no sugar added.
- White onion – finely chopped.
- Salt and pepper
Like many salad dressing, their flavors develop in the fridge. So be patient, pop the sauce in the refrigerator in a sealed glass mason jar and wait for at least 1 hour or overnight to appreciate all its flavors.
Store your keto salad dressing for up to 1 week in the fridge in a sealed jar.
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Is thousand island dressing keto?
No, an authentic thousand island dressing from the grocery store is not keto-friendly. It contains ingredients that are high in carbs and sugar like:
- Modified starch or maize thickener.
- Vegetable oil – most store-bought salad dressing are made of canola oil. These processed oils are not recommended on a keto diet.
So to the question, is thousand island dressing ok on keto diet the answer is no for store-bought version but 100% yes for homemade thousand island dressing recipe!
Carb in thousand island dressing
A store-bought dressing contains between 3.8 grams and 5 grams of net carbs, mostly sugar, per 2 tablespoons. While this amount of net carbs sounds small, it quickly adds up on a keto diet where you limit your daily net carbs to 20-25 grams.
However, homemade thousand island keto recipes only get 0.6 grams net carbs per 2 tablespoons!
What’s the difference between thousand island dressing and Russian dressing?
Both salad dressings are pretty similar. Both are made with mayonnaise and ketchup as a base ingredient. However, Russian salad dressing is spicier, using horseradish instead of sweet pickles and chili sauce.
What to eat with keto thousand island dressing?
This is the best creamy dressing to add on top of :
- Keto salads – any lettuce-based salad is delicious with this dressing. Try our keto cobb salad or keto chicken avocado salad with it.
- Boiled eggs
- Homemade keto big mac burger – thousand island dressing is the secret sauce used in the classic Big Mac.
- Keto Reuben sandwich – spread this thousand island dressing between 2 slices of keto bread, add corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and toast in a sandwich press!
- Raw keto vegetables – this dressing makes the best keto snack paired with celery sticks, radish, or cucumbers.
- Grilled shrimps
- Grilled or BBQ meat like chicken breast.
Can I make keto vegan thousand island dressing?
Yes, you can! Use this recipe and replace the mayonnaise with egg-free mayonnaise. There are plenty of healthy vegan mayonnaise recipes available at the store made from Aquafaba – chickpea brine.
While chickpeas are not keto-friendly, 1 cup of chickpea brine contains only 2 grams of net carbs, and it makes delicious vegan keto mayonnaise.
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Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
An easy homemade Keto thousand dressing island recipe to add on top of your low-carb salad recipe or boiled eggs.
Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1.1g7%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Vitamin A 14.1IU0%
Vitamin B12 0.1µg2%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Vitamin D 0.1µg1%
Net Carbs 0.3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.