Whip vs. Mayo: Frenemies or Perfect Partners?

March 09, 2023

Ever since it was introduced in 1933, whipped dressing & spread has had a place in our hearts—particularly if you live in the Midwest, where whipped mayo loyalty is strong. There, many a 1950s mom would only stock her fridge with whip, whether because she grew up eating it or her family preferred the taste. Fast-forward to the '90s, and every kid whose mom brought ambrosia salad or deviled eggs to a potluck has vivid memories of rockin’ overalls with hypercolor tees and listening to grunge on disc while busying themselves in a corner with their new Game Boy. 

While there are differences between whipped mayo and regular mayo, the two are often interchangeable. But some recipes are uniquely suited to the zippy, zingy flavor profile of whipped dressing. The subtle sweetness of whip lends itself to salads that have naturally sweet components, such as the classic Waldorf with crisp apples or the infamous broccoli salad with raisins that appeared at every ‘90s picnic (and still makes regular rounds on social media). 

Primal Kitchen Whipped Dressing & Spread is a first-of-its-kind addition to our mayo lineup. With this zippy spread, you can enjoy the nostalgia of classic childhood dishes minus the cane sugar, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners found in some other whips. Made with high-quality ingredients like avocado oil, our whip delivers a tangy taste and creamy texture without dairy, soy, or canola ingredients. Plus, it doesn’t contain eggs, so it’s entirely vegan!


The Battle of Mayo vs. Whip

The debate over which is better, mayo or whip, is a question as old as time. Or rather, as old as the 1930s, when the modern whipped mayo we know and love was invented. Regionally speaking, the midwest and some southern states are on “Team Whip,” while the east and west coasts are firmly in “Camp Mayo.” If you grew up with one (or both) in your fridge, you know which side your family is on. Maybe you even continued the traditional mayo or whipped mayo legacy in your own kitchen.   

As it turns out, this rivalry may be without cause. Mayo and whip share a lot in common, making them compatible enough to be used in the same dish—or at least, on the same plate.

Which Mayo Works Best

So, which one do you choose–Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil or Primal Kitchen Whip Dressing & Spread? How about … both. The whip’s subtle sweetness and bolder spice blend make it an excellent fit for fruit dips, egg dishes, or if you like your coleslaw with a touch of spice and sweetness. Because of its lower fat and calorie content, whip may also be more suitable for those on a fat- or calorie-restricted diet. 

Avocado oil mayo, on the other hand, lends a milder and more neutral flavor to tuna and chicken salad, meats, and homemade dressings. Because avocado oil has a high smoke point, mayo made with this oil is also better suited to high-heat cooking and frying. 

Uses for mayo and whip


Mayo and Whip aren’t relegated to separate corners of the kitchen, either. Because they are made with overlapping ingredients, both can be combined into a single meal. For example, you could coat a whole chicken with mayo and roast it to keep in all that delicious moisture, then pair it with a zippy potato salad made with whip. You could give mayo, whip, and our zesty flavored mayos equal billing on a mayo board. Or, you could combine equal parts Primal Kitchen Mayo, Whip, and our feisty Buffalo Sauce with shredded rotisserie chicken to give your chicken salad sandwich some extra zing.

Traditional or Whipped Mayo?

The bottom line is that when it comes to whipped mayo vs. traditional mayo, let your taste buds do the talking—and the choosing. If you like a zingy pop to your deviled eggs, go with whip. If you prefer a more neutral flavor, reach for the mayo. Same goes for your sandwiches and salads. You can also consider combining them in a dish or meal for a double dose of creamy texture and neutral or zingy flavor.

That’s why we typically keep Primal Kitchen Whip and Mayo with Avocado Oil in our pantry or fridge. With both of these cleaned-up condiments in your flavor arsenal, you can tailor each creamy dish to your taste buds. It’s a win-win!  

You might like these recipes with Whip instead of Mayo:


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