Salad Dressing Spread
Salad dressing spread, often called salad dressing
, is a condiment similar to mayonnaise
. Unlike bottled salad dressings, salad dressing spread is not typically poured on salads but is spread on sandwiches. Salad dressing spread appeared during the Great Depression. The original appears to be Miracle Whip, made from a recipe bought from a restaurateur by Kraft and marketed still today.
Salad dressing spread has more sugar
, and water
and less egg yolk than mayonnaise. This made it less expensive to produce and buy during the Depression, thus helping its popularity. Because Miracle Whip is trademarked, almost every other company that makes salad dressing spread calls it simply salad dressing. Miracle Whip is by far the biggest seller on the market. JFG markets the product as JFG Salad Dressing. Most private label brands offer salad dressing spread as well.
Salad dressing spread claims to taste like mayonnaise or to be different from mayonnaise depending on who is marketing it. Both have their supporters. Most chefs who are familiar with both products do not use them interchangeably. Salad dressing spread is noticeably sweeter and more tart than mayonnaise.