This Easy Keto Thousand Island Dressing is sugar-free and so simple to make at home that you won’t bother buying it at the store again. Add this creamy dressing to your salads or use it as a dip.
If you’re cutting down on sugar or just can’t find a very good option at the store, you’ve made a great decision to make your own Thousand Island Dressing.
Not only is this dressing low in carbs, low in sugar, it’s also so simple to make, with only 6 ingredients (2 of which are optional).
Ingredients You Need for Thousand Island Dressing
These are typical ingredients that you likely already have at home. Two of these ingredients are optional and can be left out of the dressing, if you want. That makes it even easier!
- Mayonnaise – I always use full fat mayonnaise. It has the best flavor and will create the creamiest dressing.
- No sugar added ketchup – No sugar added ketchup will give you the flavor, without the sugar.
- Apple cider vinegar – The vinegar gives a nice acidic punch to the dressing.
- Dill pickles – You can use relish, but sometimes that has added sugars, so we use dill pickles and chop them finely.
- Allulose syrup or powdered allulose (optional) – It’s not strictly necessary to add a sweetener to this dressing, but if you like it to be a bit sweet, add allulose syrup or powdered sugar substitute. A granulated version won’t dissolve well and will be gritty.
- Shallots (optional) – Instead of larger onions, we use shallots to keep the dressing smoother. Chop them finely.
How to Make Thousand Island Dressing
Are you ready? Because this dressing is incredibly easy to make. All you’ll need is a bowl and a spoon. You’ll also need to mince the pickles and the shallots, if you’re using them.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir it all together until everything is well blended. That’s all there is to it. You can use it right away. Serve over salads or with veggies as a dip. Store any left over in the refrigerator.
Questions About Thousand Island Dressing
Does Thousand Island Dressing have carbs?
There are carbs in store-bought Thousand Island dressing, owing to the added sugar and carbs in some of the ingredients. For instance, Kraft Thousand Island Dressing contains 2.9g total carbs, 2.9g net carbs, 10.3g fat, 0g protein, and 103 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.
When you make it at home you can strategically eliminate the extra sugars, so each serving has less than one total carbs, and nearly zero net carbs. We do this by using no-sugar-added ketchup and making sure the pickles have no added sugar. We also use a sugar substitute to give the dressing its signature sweetness.
How can I use Thousand Island Dressing?
There are so many uses for this dressing. You can put it on a salad or over shrimp cocktail. You can use it as a dressing for a Reuben casserole or salad. Use it as a dressing for mushroom burgers. Serve it as a sauce with low-carb French Fry alternatives.
Are there other sweeteners I can use?
You don’t technically have to add any sweetener to this dressing, but Thousand Island dressing does have an added sweetness that you might want to replicate. You can add any sugar substitute you regularly use, but it’s best to stay away from granulated versions because they don’t dissolve well.
Allulose, erythritol, xylitol, or swerve powdered version work well, as do any liquid sweeteners, even maple flavored.
How long will this dressing keep in the refrigerator?
This dressing will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator if it’s stored in an air-tight container or is wrapped well with plastic wrap. If you’re only using a few tablespoons at a time, be sure to use a clean spoon to scoop it from the bowl each time.
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Keto Thousand Island Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons no sugar added ketchup
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dill pickles minced
- 1/2 tablespoon shallots minced, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon allulose syrup or powdered allulose optional
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together until well blended. Serve over salads or with veggies as a dip.
- Each serving is 2 tablespoons and contains less than one net gram of carbs.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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