Condiment/ Recipe

Homemade “Miracle Whip Dressing”

April 18, 2019 (Last Updated: March 26, 2020)

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Make your own Homemade Miracle Whip Dressing, This tangy sandwich spread is perfect to use in any place you use mayonnaise. Whip up this homemade version in just a few minutes. 

A small dish full of homemade miracle whip

Growing up, we always used Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise. When I met my husband, he only used real mayonnaise. Luckily this didn’t cause any issues in our early married days, but we did have end up with just one mayo in our fridge – the real mayonnaise. 

What is the difference between Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise?

Miracle Whip Dressing and Mayonnaise are similar. They both contain eggs, oil, fresh lemon juice and vinegar. Mayo also often has dijon mustard.  Homemade Miracle Whip has sugar, dry mustard, garlic powder and paprika. 

A turkey sandwich with homemade miracle whip

There are times that I miss the tang of Miracle Whip.  It adds a perfect something to potato salad, deviled eggs, and my Grandma Grace’s special Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake!  It was my Grandma Grace’s recipe, but I don’t actually remember her ever making it. My mom is the true Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (or Cupcake) maker in our family.  Mom always makes hers with Miracle Whip. 

Can I substitute Miracle Whip for Mayonnaise in a recipe?

Yes, you can substitute Miracle Whip for mayo. I do it all the time. People who don’t like the taste of Miracle Whip may detect the different flavor in the dishes. But I always say, I’ll bet they won’t even know if I don’t tell them! It can just be our little secret. 

You could use Miracle Whip in Basil Mayo or Creamy Caesar dressing. Simply substitute the same amount of Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise. 

A piece of bread spread with Homemade Miracle Whip.

My  Homemade Miracle Whip Dressing has a yellowish color. That is partially due to the farm fresh eggs we have that have very yellow to orange yolks. The paprika also adds a bit of color. 

Ingredients needed to make Homemade Miracle Whip.

Tips for making Miracle Whip

  • Use a blender or a food processor
  • Use a farm fresh egg or a pasteurized egg 
  • Mix all ingredients, except oil, together first
  • Slowly pour oil in with the motor running
  • Taste Miracle Whip and a bit more salt if desired

Seasonings used to make Miracle Whip.


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A glass jar filled with homemade creamy mayonnaise.

If you are looking for a plain mayonnaise recipe, check out this homemade mayonnaise from Fifteen Spatulas. 

I’d love to know if you make this recipe! Leave a comment below or take a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

This post was originally published in January of 2015. The text and pictures have been updated.

Adapted from Top Secret Recipes

4.43 from 7 votes
A jar full of Homemade Miracle Whip Salad Dressing.
Homemade Miracle Whip
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Make your own Miracle Whip Dressing

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 20 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 egg
  • 5 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup canola oil
  1. In a blender or a food processor, add all ingredients except for oil. Blend just until mixed together and slightly foamy.

  2. With blender or food processor running, slowly pour oil through lid. Pour a slow steady stream of oil. This will allow the ingredients to emulsify.

  3. Store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  

Recipe Notes

This recipe contains a raw egg. You may use a pasteurized egg if you are worried about consuming a raw egg.ย 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Miracle Whip
Amount Per Serving (1 Tbsp)
Calories 20 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Tricia Dellas
    October 18, 2019 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    I found your ‘miracle whip’ recipe while dealing with a new diet to address the double whammy of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
    I played with the ingredients a little; olive oil instead of canola , white balsamic vinegar ’cause thats what I had and left out the salt out entirely.
    While it isn’t miracle whip or mayonnaise, it is very good and makes my boiled chicken tolerable.

    • Reply
      October 19, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Glad you found a way to make this work for you! Good luck with all your dietary changes – you can do it!!!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    April 28, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, I’m obsessed with mayonnaise! And it’s so much better made from scratch. We also grew up with Miracle Whip, but I switched to mayonnaise after getting married. I’ll have to switch up my flavorings the next time I make a batch of mayo (which is weekly!)

  • Reply
    st.Fred G
    April 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    Miracle Whip for chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes is the best!

  • Reply
    April 19, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Miracle Whip is very popular in Germany, I think my mother-in-law has at least 15 salad recipes using a jar of Miracle Whip. I have never thought it is possible to make it at home, it is for sure healthier, not so many weird ingredients inside. I will make it next time I need MW.

    • Reply
      April 19, 2019 at 5:25 am

      Much healthier to make your own – there aren’t any extra added ingredients.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 18, 2019 at 6:59 am

    5 stars
    Interesting! I’ve never actually studied a jar of Miracle Whip to see what was in it. But now I really want to make a homemade version! This looks awesome…and a requirement for ham sandwiches after Easter! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      April 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Leftover ham sandwiches are the best!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 18, 2019 at 6:57 am

    5 stars
    Great idea for a post Kathy! I’ve never tried to make Miracle Whip myself! Perfect for my summer BLT!

    • Reply
      April 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

      Miracle Whip is perfect with a BLT!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 18, 2019 at 6:24 am

    5 stars
    I often opt for mayo, but do enjoy Miracle Whip and I bet this homemade version is the best out of everything! Love the spices in there too. Bet it would also be a lovely base for all kinds of dipping sauces ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      April 19, 2019 at 5:28 am

      We do use mayo more often, but I still love the taste of Miracle Whip from time to time!

  • Reply
    Benita Belbin
    March 18, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Kathy oh, I was just thinking … were you going to share the recipe for, Grandma Grace’s special chocolate mayonnaise cake? ๐Ÿ˜

    • Reply
      March 19, 2019 at 4:53 am

      Hi Benita,
      I do have the recipe – it’s just in cupcake form, but could easily be made into a cake too. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

  • Reply
    Kathy Rupff - Living A Creative Life
    June 3, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Hi Kathy, I would love to try this. Any idea how long it ‘lasts’ in the fridge?

    • Reply
      June 3, 2015 at 5:09 am

      I have kept it for two weeks…it might last longer, but it seems to disappear quickly around my house!

      • Reply
        Phyllis Ponack
        March 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Hi Kathy
        This is so funny because the same thing happened to me when Mark and I got married he is the mayo guy and I was the miracle whip lady ๐Ÿ™‚ so like you he won out. But I am going to try your recipe for miracle whip sounds so good. Hopefully it looks as good as yours.
        FYI I love your recipes.
        Thanks Kathy

        • Reply
          March 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

          Thanks, Phyllis…too funny about our hubbies. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply
        November 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

        While making a sandwich for lunch at work, i had to spend 3 minutes to get the last bit of MW out of the jar. Instead of buying more I wondered if i could make some, and this is the first result that came up. I’m planning on trying it tonight but realized no sugar is in the recipe, contradicting what you said about how it differs from mayo. But im still excited to try it!

        • Reply
          November 6, 2019 at 4:09 pm

          Hi Courtney,
          Good for you for making your own. I’m so glad you mentioned the sugar – there is indeed sugar in this recipe! I have made the correction to my recipe card. Thank you for your studious eye noticing I left it out!
          Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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