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Thousand Island Dressing

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.

jar of thousand island dressing behind a plate of low carb salad

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. 😉

scooping a spoonful of low carb dressing from a jar

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…

pouring salad dressing from a jar onto salad

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.

spoonful of thousand island dressing coming from a jar

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. 😉

close up of salad with thousand island drizzled on it

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.

white plate of salad with thousand island dressing

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.

plate of salad with low carb thousand island dressing

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!

fork of lettuse with thousand island dressing

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spoon full of thousand island dressing over a jar

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

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 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


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Taste and add additional salt or sweetener as desired.
  2. Store in a mason jar, tightly closed, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 


Use sugar free sweet relish, if preferred.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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29 thoughts on “Thousand Island Dressing”

  1. Brenda Kerr

    Even the grandkids approved! I made Reuben salads and it is now a new favorite. I used homemade relish and mayo so I know there are no hidden carbs. I have been eating 23/1 low carb since 9/4/2020 and have already lost 62 pounds but I am always looking for new recipes, so thank you!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Wow, Brenda! That’s really impressive. Congrats! And I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

  2. I didn’t care for this recipe. It could be because I used a saltier mayonnaise (Duke’s) or that I used dill pickle relish. However, it was too salty for me and I only used 1/4 tsp salt. Also, it tasted a little flat to me. I will say that it could be my tastebuds which have changed since being on Keto. That’s why I gave it 3 stars.

  3. Joanne M Pinette

    This is an amazing recipe LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I made my own mayo and then followed the rest of the ingredients. I didn’t have relish but did have pickles so used food mill to grind the pickles up plus added some of the juice. Turned out superb! Second time I’ve made it and both times a winner. We are not thousand island fans but are now!!

  4. Kevin Margroff

    Hi Karly, I used this dressing last Thanksgiving with bagged coleslaw and got rave reviews for it! I have since made it for topping burgers and vegetable dip! Great recipes!

  5. Sherrie Pelkey

    Made exactly as suggested. Used it for Keto Ruebens. Spot on. Highly recommended.

  6. Made this today for a Reuben wrap using a Mission low carb spinach tortilla (3 net carbs ) This was absolute AWESOMENESS!! I didn’t have any ketchup so I used Siracha instead.. Reuben with a little kick.. Thanks so much for sharing ❤

  7. Wow! Thank you! I just made this for my bread-less Ruben for tonight. The dressing tastes better than the store boughten kinda.

  8. Keto Southern Diva

    Will using apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar make much of a difference? I want to make this but apple cider vinegar is all I have on hand.

  9. So delicious! Much better than the bottled crap I’m used to eating, very happy I decided to make my own. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  10. Made this yesterday for dinner last night, bunless burger & salad. We used it on both & my hubby, who is a 1000 Island addict declared it a winner. Me too! I love finding dressings that aren’t oil & vinegar which I don’t care for. This makes salads something to look forward too! I didn’t add the sweetener since I used G Hughes sugar free ketchup & it is sweeter than Heinz. I bought 3 bottles & needed to use it up, don’t care for it on its own but it worked perfectly in this. Thanks for another great recipe Karly!

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you enjoyed the dressing! I’ve never seen the G Hughes kethcup, but good to know it’s not so great!

      1. The ketchup is ok, not as good as the Heinz tho. I am also not crazy about the G Hughes BBQ sauces, I think they are all too sweet but others like them. Plus high on the $$$ side too. Best to make my own I think. Thanks again for this recipe, we both really like it!

      2. We love G. Hughes SF ketchup! I find it not as sweet as Heinz, but each to good own taste buds.

  11. Maggie Martin

    Made it, ate it on…burgers, hot dogs, salad, chicken wings, sandwichs. GOODER!
    Thanks Karly

  12. I think this is a great idea and have no worries that it won’t easily last 2 weeks; maybe longer. You probably purchase a jar of mayo that is larger than 1 cup and use it until gone. With you dressing you are adding ingredients that will extend it’s life such as the salt which is a preservative and the vinegar. You should not have any worries about your dressing being safe for two weeks or so unless you leave it unrefrigerated longer than necessary or lose electrical power for an extended time.
    Thanks for all the great recipes! You seem to think outside the box on your recipes and bring us “regular” food we want to eat daily and not something that takes a lot of ingredients we don’t have to make a dish we’re not sure we are going to like. If we have most of the items in our pantry or fridge, we are probably going to like what you come up with-great job!

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