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What Is Salad Cream? Everything You Need To Know

Norah Clark
Salad cream.

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

Are you tired of using the same old mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard on your salads? If you are, then you must try salad cream. But, what is salad cream I hear you say!

It is a tangy, creamy, and zesty salad dressing that has been around for over a century and it has become a staple part of British cuisine.

What Is Salad Cream?

When I first learned about salad cream, I was skeptical, as it was not something I had ever used.

However, after using it in various dishes, I quickly realized how versatile and delicious it can be.

I have used it as a salad dressing, a sandwich spread, and even as a marinade for chicken and fish.

The tangy taste and creamy texture of the salad cream elevate the flavors of the dish. It has become one of my go-to condiments and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to add a new dimension to their meals.

Salad cream is a pale yellow, slightly thick, and creamy salad dressing that has a tangy, sweet, and vinegary taste.

It has a smooth and velvety texture that is made from a mixture of oil, vinegar, mustard, egg yolk, salt, sugar, and other flavorings.

What Makes Salad Cream Unique?

Salad cream is unique because it has a tangy taste that is distinct from mayonnaise or any other salad dressing.

It is also much creamier and lighter in taste than mayonnaise.

Additionally, salad cream has a lower fat content than mayonnaise, making it a healthier alternative.

How To Use Salad Cream?

Salad cream can be used in a variety of ways.

It can be used as a salad dressing, as a dip for vegetables or chips, or as a sandwich spread.

It is also delicious when used as a marinade for chicken, fish, or other meats.

Salad Cream Recipe

If you want to make salad cream at home, here is a simple recipe that you can use:

  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they are well combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Your homemade salad cream is now ready to use.

History of Salad Cream

Salad cream was first introduced by Heinz in the United Kingdom in 1914.

It became popular during World War II when mayonnaise became scarce, as per The Guardian.

Since then, it has been a favorite condiment of the British. It is so popular that it is now considered a cultural icon in the UK.


What are the ingredients of salad cream?

The ingredients of salad cream vary slightly depending on the brand, but it generally contains oil, vinegar, egg yolk, mustard, sugar, salt, and other flavorings.

How do I store salad cream?

Salad cream should be stored in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Once opened, it should be kept in the refrigerator and consumed within two weeks.

Is salad cream the same as miracle whip?

No, salad cream and Miracle Whip are not the same. Miracle Whip has a sweet and tangy taste, whereas salad cream is more vinegary and zesty. Additionally, Miracle Whip contains high fructose corn syrup, whereas salad cream does not.

Can salad cream be used in cooking?

Yes, salad cream can be used in cooking as a seasoning, dressing, or marinade for meat and fish. It adds a tangy and creamy flavor to dishes.


Salad cream is a tangy and unique salad dressing that has been a favorite of the British for over a century.

It is healthier than mayonnaise and can be used in a variety of ways. If you have not tried salad cream before, you should definitely give it a try.

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