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Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

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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 sandwiches 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.

Low carb Thousand Island Dressing

How To 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!


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 homemade 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, is optional.
  • Dill pickles – regular recipe uses 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 dressings, 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.

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Storage Instructions

Store your keto salad dressing for up to 1 week in the fridge in a sealed jar.

How to make Keto Thousand Dressing

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Sugar
  • Modified starch or maize thickener.
  • Vegetable oil – most store-bought salad dressings 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 the keto diet the answer is no for store-bought version but 100% yes for homemade thousand island dressing recipe!

How Many Carbs Are 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 of net carbs per 2 tablespoons!

Keto Thousand Island Dressing low carbs

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 the base ingredients.

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 :

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.

Keto Thousand Island Dressing

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Thousand Island Dressing

Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

0.3gNet Carbs
An easy homemade Keto thousand dressing island recipe to add on top of your low-carb salad recipe or boiled eggs.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings (1 tablespoon each)
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
5 from 210 votes


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  • Add all the ingredients into a bowl, and stir with a spoon until combined.


  • Store for up to 1 week in a sealed glass mason jar in the fridge.
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Nutrition1 tablespoon
Yield: 12 servings (1 tablespoon each)


Serving: 1 tablespoonCalories: 65.8 kcal (3%)Carbohydrates: 0.4 gFiber: 0.1 gNet Carbs: 0.3 gProtein: 0.1 gFat: 7 g (11%)Saturated Fat: 1.1 g (7%)Trans Fat: 0.1 gCholesterol: 3.9 mg (1%)Sodium: 167 mg (7%)Potassium: 5.8 mgSugar: 0.4 gVitamin A: 14.1 IUVitamin B12: 0.1 µg (2%)Vitamin C: 0.5 mg (1%)Vitamin D: 0.1 µg (1%)Calcium: 2 mgIron: 0.1 mg (1%)Magnesium: 0.4 mgZinc: 0.1 mg (1%)
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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

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    2 Thoughts On Keto Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! Wasn’t sure about Tabasco and paprika but thought I’d try it. Bottled thousand island (that my husband likes) has lots of carbs for the amount used. I did make some subs due to lack of product or time. Used garlic and onion powder (sorry, eyeballed everything), sugar free pickle relish, 1 drop Tabasco, and Heinz sugar free catsup. Rest of ingredients the same. Delicious! A little kick from Tabasco was great! Will add more next time! Try this recipe! The low carb count makes this even better!!!


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