If you have 6 simple ingredients on hand and about 5 minutes, you can make an easy, delicious, low carb Thousand Island dressing! This classic salad dressing is perfect for Reubens, my Baked Reuben Dip, and salads but don’t limit yourself to just that. Trim Healthy Mamas this is perfect for THM S meals!
I love an easy salad dressing, don’t you? This easy low carb Thousand Island dressing recipe takes just 6 simple ingredients. You probably have them in your fridge and pantry right now, even.
My version is a super easy keto Thousand Island dressing, too. It’s great to use for…
- Low carb Reuben sandwiches (check out my Mock Rye Bread recipe!)
- Low Carb Baked Reuben Dip
- Salads (of course)
- As a spread for sandwiches or wraps
- Meat or egg salads – in addition to or replace mayo
Sometimes we have to get creative with the ingredients we have on hand. This easy homemade Thousand Island dressing recipe can also be used to jazz up casseroles, soups, and sauces too.
TIP: Sometimes when a dish seems to be “missing something” a dash of something acidic or pinch of sweet brings the whole thing together. This salad dressing is sweet and a bit tangy/acidic so a dollop in that dish might do the trick.
Best Ways To Make This Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing Recipe.
Since, at the time of this post, most of us have been ordered to stay inside for a period of time I’ll tell you the best, better, and make-do ways of making this salad dressing.
Best: Totally THM Friendly Thousand Island Dressing.
Make this dressing as written below. You’ll need:
- On-plan mayo (very best: the Body Burn Mayo from the first THM cookbook, page 470)
- Tomato sauce (plain, no sugar added)
- Dill relish
- Apple cider vinegar (or regular white vinegar)
- onion powder
- On-plan sweetener
You could substitute the tomato sauce for homemade sugar-free ketchup, such as Trim Healthy Ketchup on page 482 of the first THM cookbook.
The very best ingredients would be organic, without inflammatory oils, etc. But any store-bought ingredients that meet the THM guidelines work.
Better: Mostly THM Friendly Version
Sometimes, you’re out of an ingredient or two. Making the best choices available keeps you mostly on-plan, which is better than totally off the rails.
These ingredients aren’t as ideal but still better than totally off-plan Thousand Island dressing:
- Store-bought sugar-free ketchup instead of tomato sauce
- Sweet pickle relish
The ketchup is likely made with off-plan sweeteners. The relish will add more sugar to your dressing. So, best to limit how much you use as well as how often.
Make Do: Use What You Have Because You Can’t Leave The House (Grace Edition).
Finally, if all you have is…
- Store-bought ketchup instead of tomato sauce (one without high fructose corn syrup is best)
- Store bought sweet relish, instead of dill relish (if you make your own sugar-free sweet relish that would be fine)
Make it, enjoy it, and give yourself grace. With the above ingredients it’s no longer a low carb Thousand Island dressing. It’s definitely off-plan, too.
But, if you can’t leave the house or have others in your family that don’t need a keto Thousand Island dressing this will do.
Grace means we make the best choices available and don’t beat ourselves up about it. We get right back on plan in 3 hours if we can and keep on going!
How To Fit My Simple Sugar Free Thousand Island Dressing Into Your THM Meal Plan.
Since this is a low carb and keto salad dressing recipe, use this for your THM S meals. These are our satisfying low carb meals.
Make sure you eat plenty of non-starchy veggies (hello, big old salad) and keep your carbs within the guidelines for a THM S meal.
And as always, each meal should be centered around a good amount of healthy protein!
Always consult the Trim Healthy Mama Plan Book for complete information on how to put together your meals.
Ideally, you’ll make this recipe using the Best options I listed above. But do your best under difficult circumstances. Every small good choice is better than none at all.
However you’re able to make this simple low carb Thousand Island dressing, make sure you enjoy it!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1 to 2 tablespoons dill relish (or finely chopped dill pickles)
- 1/2 teaspoon ACV (or regular white vinegar)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract (or desired sweetener to taste)
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl or mason jar.
- Taste and adjust sweetness to your tastes.
- For best flavor, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer (but, can be used immediately).
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
- Should keep well for at least 2 weeks.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93.7Total Fat: 10.1gSaturated Fat: 1.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 3.8mgSodium: 154.2mgCarbohydrates: 0.6gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1.8gProtein: 0.2g