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Salad cream
Heinz Salad Cream
TypeSalad dressing
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Created byHeinz
Main ingredientsOil, water, egg yolks, spirit vinegar

Salad cream is a creamy, pale yellow condiment based on an emulsion of about 25–50 percent oil in water, emulsified by egg yolk and acidulated by spirit vinegar. It is somewhat similar in composition to mayonnaise and may include other ingredients such as sugar, mustard, salt, thickener, spices, flavouring and colouring.[1] The first ready-made commercial product was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1914,[2] where it is used as a salad dressing and a sandwich spread.

Historically, salad cream, often mentioned in Victorian sources, consisted of "hard-boiled eggs puréed with cream, mustard, salt and vinegar".[3]


In the UK, it has been produced by companies including H. J. Heinz Company and Crosse & Blackwell. Heinz Salad Cream was the first brand developed exclusively for the UK market. When first created in the Harlesden kitchens of Heinz in 1914, it was prepared by hand. The jars were packed in straw-lined barrels with 12 dozen in each. The quota was 180 dozen jars a day, with a halfpenny a dozen bonus if the workforce could beat the target.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Ranken, M. D.; Baker, Christopher G. J.; Kill, Ronald C.; Kill, R. C. (1997-02-28). Food Industries Manual - M.D. Ranken, Christopher G J Baker, R.C. Kill - Google Books. ISBN 9780751404043. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  2. ^ "Ministry of Food.—statutory rules and orders - Analyst (RSC Publishing)". 1945-01-01. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  3. ^ Flanders, Judith, The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed, p. 231, 2003, Harper Perennial, ISBN 0007131895
  4. ^ "Salad Cream". Heinz. Archived from the original on 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2015-08-14.