Homemade Thousand Island Dressing & Turkey Ruben Roll Ups

Store bought dressings are crap.  Absolute dog shit.  And 1000 Island Dressing is no exception.  Look on the ingredient label and find all kinds of surprises…high fructose corn syrup and polysorbate 80.  WTF is polysorbate 80, anyway?  I don’t want to eat that!

So then you go down the rabbit hole of trying to make your own homemade version, and you see that most of the components of 1000 Island Dressing ALSO contain crap!  I implore you to seek out organic ketchup, mayo that’s free from corn syrup, and pickles free from preservatives.  Condiments, dressings, and sauces make our food delicious.  But it’s not worth all the fake-food ingredients, I’m telling you.

This Thousand Island Dressing sprang forth for a desire to make Turkey Ruben Roll Ups.  Don’t ever miss your favorite sandwich again just because you are cutting out sugars and grains.  Make Turkey Ruben Roll Ups, slather on the Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, eat, repeat.

These two recipes appear in my second cookbook Eat Happy Too. The Thousand Island recipe below calls for ketchup, which you can also find a complete homemade version in Eat Happy Too. You will also find two more more sandwich innards recipes: Philly Cheesesteak and Short Rib Grinders which are both irresistible. Buy the book and make them!

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Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Course Sauces/Dressings/Marinades
Cuisine Low Carb, NSNG, Paleo, Vegetarian


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or Veganaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/2 dill pickle spear cut into chunks
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Put all ingredients into a food processor, blender, or Vitamix and pulse until desired level of creaminess.
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Turkey Ruben Roll Ups

Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Keto, Low Carb, NSNG, Paleo


  • Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
  • sliced deli turkey
  • sauerkraut
  • Swiss cheese, thinly sliced


  • Preheat oven or toaster oven to 325 degrees. Lay two slices of turkey flat on toaster oven tray or baking sheet. Pour one thin layer of thousand island. Cover with a layer of sauerkraut, then a slice of cheese, keeping everything level. Pop into toaster oven or regular oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Cover with one final layer of thousand island, roll up, and serve.
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  • Dexter Meyer / Reply

    The Turkey Rueben roll ups were nothing short of Delicious. I wish I had known about these in the past. They are so good and easy to make. Perfect for snacks, parties, or simply showing off.. I bought all my ingredients and a whole food market. They are perfect for me cause I am more busy than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest and they took no time at all but taste so gourmet…. Prep time was about as long as it took for my oven to reach 325 and 5 minutes later they were done. I am looking forward to try more of Anna’s gluten free ideas. Totally Awesome!!!!

    • Dexter, thank you so much!! Glad you liked these–we really love them as well. Makes you feel like you’re eating a treat from the old way of eating!

  • I decided to make a couple of these for my next day snack at work since I love them so much. Since germ hotbox with digital controls that we call a microwave is so disgusting I won’t use it. I had the roll ups cold today. All I can say is Wow!! These are so tasty even when cold. I recommend anyone to try these. Thanks Anna for sharing this awesome recipie.

  • Are there any companies that do not make their ketchup with sugar or corn syrup? Or do you make your own? recipe link?

    • Great question, Fred–and one I am asked often. Often enough that I need to come up with my own ketchup recipe. I use a smaller label organic ketchup that’s still made with cane sugar. However, I factor in the sugar load of the recipe and the entire meal, and it’s really low, compared to if you were gonna drink a half a cup of the stuff. But yes, it’s time for me to come up with a ketchup recipe. I have a BBQ sauce recipe in the cookbook that uses date paste for the sweetness.

    • Check out Primal Kitchens. Most of their products are no added sugars.

  • Yummy, yummy, yummy

  • Stephanie Blazer / Reply

    This recipe sounds so good. This is going on my meal plan for next week. Anna, do you have a specific type of deli-turkey that you get? I’m having a hard time finding ones that don’t use added sugar. I suppose I could substitute homemade roasted turkey.

    • Homemade roasted turkey would be best. I often buy Boar’s Head Oven Gold Roasted turkey b/c it seems to have the lowest sugar curing.

  • Tamara Schoof / Reply

    LOVE the Thousand Island dressing. Made it last night for my salad and it was exceptional. Thanks!

  • Trevor Olson / Reply

    I shared this recipe with my cannibal relatives and they loved it! They even ate Uncle Reuben’s bones. He was quite a Turkey!

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