This Whole30 homemade thousand island dressing is so easy to make. It’s a smooth, tangy homemade dressing that takes less than 5 minutes to mix together! This DIY dressing is also gluten-free, dairy-free, keto/low carb, and paleo thousand island. It’s the perfect addition to salads, burgers, wraps and to dip your fries or veggies in.
Whole30 Thousand Island Ingredients
To make this homemade thousand island you’ll need only a few ingredients. These include finely diced dill pickles, or pickle relish, tomato paste, coconut aminos and a couple of spices. You’ll also need a Whole30 compatible mayo, such as Primal Kitchen. Or you can easily make your own, too.
You could also add in a dash of apple cider vinegar or squeeze of lemon juice if you like that taste in your thousand island. I’d wait until the end to taste the dressing and then to adjust as needed. There’s also quite a few ways you can make this homemade thousand island your own.
Substitutions and Additions
Some of those additions are adding a finely diced hard boiled egg to the recipe, which some people really like in their thousand island. If you’re not keeping this strictly Whole30, you can opt to use Worcestershire sauce instead of coconut aminos. You could also use ketchup in place of tomato paste, or mix in a bit of Sriracha or horseradish.
Traditional Thousand Island
Your standard thousand island you get at the grocery store or a restaurant is made with sugar, either outright or added in the mayo or tomato product that’s used. They can also often contain finely diced roasted red peppers or white onions. Thousand island dressing has many origin stories, but the most common is that it was initially developed in the area between New York and Canada, in the chain of islands. Hence the thousand island name. It is very similar to other sauces used today, such as special sauce (or “fry sauce”).
How to Prep Homemade Thousand Island
This homemade Whole30 thousand island takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, including prepping your ingredients. You just need to chop the pickles finely, and then combine everything in a small dish. You’ll want to use a fork or small whisk to fully incorporate everything together until the mayo, tomato paste and spices are mixed well.
Serving Whole30 Thousand Island
Thousand island is a great compliment to many different types of recipes. Some of the ways you can serve your thousand island include with fried pickles, on burgers, as a dipping sauce for vegetables, fries, or chicken tenders. It’s great drizzled over fish or shrimp tacos, in salads, or with roasted vegetables like broccoli or brussels sprouts.
Whole30 Recipes to Use Thousand Island With:
- Chopped Big Mac Salad
- Salmon Patties
- Big Mac Casserole
- Chicken Tenders or Chicken Nuggets
- Stuffed Bacon Burgers
- Air Fryer Crispy Potatoes
Storing Your Homemade Dressing
Store your dressing in an air tight container or individual salad dressing containers, such as these reusable meal prep dressing jars. Zip top silicone salad dressing containers are also really great options, especially for thicker dressings like this thousand island. This dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Give another Whole30 homemade dressing a try:
- Homemade Special Sauce
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Southwest Ranch Dressing
- Homemade Ranch
- Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce
- Homemade Tartar Sauce
- 1 cup mayo
- 3 tablespoons finely diced dill pickles
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, or 2 tablespoons finely diced white onion
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Optional: 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1-2 dashes of hot sauce
- Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk well to fully incorporate everything together
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed (start with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper), add any optional ingredients if desired
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days
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