When I was little, we never had mayo in the house. We always had Miracle Whip. Everything my mom made that called for mayo used Miracle Whip instead. In fact, we even referred to Miracle Whip as mayonnaise. Years later when I actually tried real mayo, I didn’t even like it. I was a Miracle Whip person. Of course, that’s not true anymore– but I still like Miracle Whip!
Unfortunately, Miracle Whip is chock full of really nasty ingredients and additives. High fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, “natural flavors” (who knows what the heck those are anyway?) and sugar, just to name a few. Needless to say, the zippy condiment isn’t waist or health friendly, and it has a couple of grams of sugar per tablespoon.
So, what makes Miracle Whip? It’s sort of like mayo, with a sweeter, zippier taste. Turns out, it’s pretty easy to create a low carb Miracle Whip right at home with ingredients you very likely already have on hand. Making low carb Miracle Whip–or as I like to call it, Creamy Miracle Whipped Dressing–takes only a few minutes, and it’s tastier than the real thing. Put it on your lettuce wraps, in your chicken or egg salad (in my opinion, egg salad just isn’t egg salad without Miracle Whip!) or anywhere else you like. Keep it in the fridge for as long as the mayo is good for (just check your expiration date), and the nutritional profile is the same as mayo. Score!
If you want to actually whip this in a blender or mixer, feel free. I usually just whisk it, but it will get light and fluffy if you truly whip it.
Creamy Miracle Whipped Salad Dressing
- 1 C mayonnaise (I use Spectrum Organics brand)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (literally– just a teeny, tiny pinch!)
- 1/4 tsp. sweet paprika
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 T + 1 tsp. granulated sweetener (I used stevia)
- Pinch of salt