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----I've asked this question before on my own blog, just not on this website, in case the topic looks familiar. Edited for content, though----

And by "salad" I mean a bowl/plate full of spinach or lettuce with other assorted crunchy veggies and a trillion other possibilities. I can’t help it. Ever since I saw that little red printing on the label, under the huge letters proudly proclaiming MIRACLE WHIP, well, I’ve wondered…why the hell isn’t it a “sandwich spread” instead of “salad dressing?”

Okay, I admit, in the case of “egg salad” or “potato salad” and other things like that, I can understand. Still, I’ve never heard of this product being poured over a mix of greens and veggies and eaten like regular salad dressing.

Too “goopy” and not “pour-y” for one thing.

Now, why is it different from its rival, mayonnaise? A “Real Simple” info page boiled it down a bit. But now it makes me wonder what mayonnaise was used for? Okay, I did some reading, it’s apparently a base for many sauces (Hollandaise over a spinach and mushroom stuffed omelette at IHOP comes to mind).

But “salad dressing”? What other dressings were on the market to have it more closely-linked to dressings than mayonnaise?

Apparently, there’s not enough oil content in Miracle Whip to justify calling it another type of mayonnaise, but otherwise…

I have never seen anybody fix themselves a salad and drop a big dollop of Miracle Whip in the middle of it. Other than sandwiches or part of some recipe, I haven’t really seen Miracle Whip eaten in any other way.

Maybe the “salad dressing” label is more a traditional hold-over (kinda like we called Pluto a planet for about a century til they made us knock it off–the bastards). The more familiar and “pour-able” dressings didn’t show up until 1925 (Kraft at the rescue again).

So, a big dollop dropped into a bed of leaves, I suppose, isn’t as far-fetched an idea for turn of the 20th century after all. But take a look in the grocery store. Usually it’s a whole side of an aisle, a wall dedicated to bottled sauces and dressings with over a dozen different manufacturers these days.

So, does anybody rock the Miracle Whip in their “normal” salads?

Just curious, because this has always bothered me–thankfully some much-more-knowledgeable people already wrote some handy info about the history.

I’m just curious if anybody actually does it…in the 21st century.

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