Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two-ingredient Salad Dressing

Is there any food debate more violently contested than the ketchup-on-a-hot-dog question?

I think there is. It's the mayo versus Miracle Whip question.

Most people I know use one and despise the other.

Let me admit right now that I always buy mayonnaise. I haven't had Miracle Whip in the house for ... decades. But it's not that I hate it. It just never bounces into my cart.

So, when the nice folks at Miracle Whip asked me if I wanted to play with their product, I thought, hey, why not? I'm always willing to try things.

I hadn't eaten Miracle Whip in years, so when it arrived, I gave it a taste, and hmmmm. Yeah, it's obviously not the same as mayonnaise, but sunflower butter isn't peanut butter either. It's different. Distinctly different.

So I figured I could do something fun with it.

My first thought was salad dressing. My second thought was how much I like tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches. My third thought was my blender.

Yes, my thoughts wander like that. But in the end, it made sense.

I happened to have some cut up tomatoes left over from another recipe, and after a couple days in the refrigerator, they were no longer pretty. There was nothing wrong with them. They hadn't gone bad. But they just didn't look like freshly cut tomatoes any more.

They were perfect for the raging blades of the blender.

Two-Ingredient Salad Dressing

1 or 2 tomatoes
Miracle Whip, as needed
Salt, if desired*

Cut the tomatoes into chunks and toss into the blender. Add a generous spoon full of Miracle Whip.

Blend until as smooth as possible. There will be seeds and bits, but it shouldn't have chunks of tomato flesh.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Mash it through the strainer to get out as much of the good stuff. You should be left with seeds and skin in the strainer. Discard that.

Depending on how juicy your tomatoes were, your mixture might be watery or it might have some body to it. Add more Miracle Whip, as needed to make it as thick as a normal salad dressing, and whisk to combine. When it's thick enough, taste. Add salt, if you think it needs it.

Serve on salad or over your favorite vegetables. It's also pretty darned good on avocado.

*Okay, fine, it's a third ingredient. But salt is like water. It's sort of an ingredient, but it's sort of not.

Disclaimer: I received product from Miracle Whip as a sample. I was not required to post.