This homemade sandwich spread recipe is tangy, creamy and crunchy, with all the retro delight of the original. Enjoy this traditional treat on a traditional or open sandwich, or use it as a dip.
It must have been years since I last had sandwich spread. It’s such a shame!
This British classic of a mid 20th century teatime staple is delicious and brings back so many happy childhood memories of summer holidays and picnics at the beach!
The original jarred version has a fantastic blend of creaminess, a good tang and of course some crunch from the vegetables. Spread on white bread, it was the taste of childhood for many of us.
This homemade sandwich spread is every bit as good and comes with all the usual benefits of making your own.
It’s fresher, you can adjust it to your own taste and there are no ingredients that make you ask ‘what’s that?’. It also perfect for ex-pats who want an affordable taste of home.
I love this recipe, which has exactly the right balance of tang and crunch, thanks to my two secret ingredients!
Why make sandwich spread?
- It is easy and delicious
- Recreating a classic gives a huge sense of achievement
- Homemade is healthier than store bought
- It is packed with fresh and pickled vegetables
- It is adaptable
Homemade sandwich spread ingredients
To make this you will need:-
- Mayonnaise – Choose your favourite. I always get a full fat version.
- English mustard – You can’t taste this, but it adds something that you would miss otherwise. If you don’t have English mustard, add twice the quantity of any smooth mild mustard.
- Salad cream – From a bottle is convenient but you can also use homemade salad cream.
- Vegetables & pickles – You can vary these. I consider the celery, carrot and gherkins essential, and the others optional. Pick from the list below, aiming for a good variety of flavours and colour. You want fresh, firm, crunchy veggies, and nothing too watery.
- bell peppers (I used red for the colour but any would do)
- spring onions (scallions) or chives
- crunchy apple
- green beans
- Vinegar from the pickle jar – like the mustard, this is something of a ‘secret ingredient’. You won’t necessarily recognise that flavour but it makes a big difference.
Homemade sandwich spread recipe – step by step
Grab the ingredients.
Step one – Put the mayonnaise, salad cream and mustard into a medium mixing bowl, along with 2 teaspoons of vinegar from the jar of gherkins or pickles. Mix well.
Step two – Prepare the vegetables. Peel, cut into thin batons and then dice them as small as you can.
Fuss Free Tip
You need about twice the volume of chopped vegetables to dressing.
Step three – Throw the vegetables into the dressing, season with salt and pepper, and then mix well.
Step four – Decant into a jar with a good seal. Then store in the fridge and use within 3 days. Like many recipes, this tastes far better if you leave it for an hour or so before serving.
To really feel like a domestic goddess serve on homemade bread (try my soft and fluffy yogurt bread, or my no yeast bread) thickly spread with homemade butter!
Or serve as a dip with homemade tortilla chips, crudities or melba toast. or even alongside a classic British Ploughman’s Lunch!
Sandwich Spread – hints, tips & FAQs
How long does sandwich spread keep?
Up to three days in a sealed jar in the fridge.
The spread will get a bit thinner after a day or so as the water comes out of the vegetables.
How can I change the flavour?
You can mix up the vegetables to suit what you have available and to take account of personal preferences. I think that the celery, gherkins and carrot are essential, but beyond that you can mix it up and even add some crunchy fruit! Just don’t use watery salad vegetables like cucumber or tomatoes.
For an upmarket variation, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat, and/or a generous amount of chopped fresh herbs. Parsley, dill or coriander (cilantro) would all be delicious.
More dips & sandwich fillings
Easy Homemade Sandwich Spread
Sandwich Spread Sauce
- 3 tbs mayonnaise (full fat)
- 3 tbs salad cream
- 2 tsp pickle vinegar
- 1 tsp English mustard (or other smooth mustard to taste)
Vegetables (About one generous cup in total once chopped)
- 1 stick celery
- 6 small gherkins
- 1 small carrot
- ½ bell pepper
- 1 tbs capers
- 2 spring onions
- Other crunchy, non watery vegetables of choice
- Put the mayonnaise, salad cream and mustard into a medium mixing bowl, along with 2 teaspoons of vinegar from the jar of gherkins or pickles and mix well.
- Prepare the vegetable by peeling, cutting into thin batons and then dicing finely. They need to be small, but not so fine they don't have any texture.
- Add the diced vegetables to the mayonnaise mixture, season with pepper and salt and mix well.
- Store in a jar in the fridge and use within 3 days.
- crunchy apple
- green beans
This really is the thing of seaside picnics of my childhood. What an amazing find, thank you so much.
I haven’t seen this in years and yet it is one of those sandwich fillers that just works. This recipe is actually nicer than shop bought, and I highly recommend it.
Deliciously tangy and tasty, and makes a good summer sandwich. I remember the jars when I was younger. Good to be able to make my own.
I used to be given this in my packed lunch sandwiches when I was a kid. This homemade style is far nicer and really rather good on crackers.
This is one of those things that doesn’t sound like it will work, but seriously does. Simply delicious on fresh crusty wholemeal bread.
Great childhood food memories. I love that I can make my own and it tastes really good.
Great recipe to find and I have to admit that this spread is so good that I had it on baked potatoes. Was a really tasty meal!
Love this stuff, the best summer sandwich filler going. Tangy and tasty.
This is stuff from the eighties! Brilliant. Love the idea of just enjoying it as a dip, scooping it up and eating. Great for summer.
I had to laugh at myself for being so excited to find this recipe. Such a thing of my youth, often in my packed lunch sandwiches. Found your recipe was very close to what I remember. Thanks Helen.
Not my most favorite choice of sandwich filler, but I have to say it tastes rather good. Nice and tangy and something different.
Just love sandwich spread ever since a young boy…..never attempted making until seeing your recipe, so looking forward to that……
Thank you and regards,
Everybody loves it! Easy to get ingredients, easy to prepare and fantastic taste.
I think… if all the ingredients are pickled vegetables. Should have a shelf life of more than 3 days, even outside the refrigerator. because there is vinegar in the mixture If you want a delicious, fresh can scoop out and mix fresh vegetables later
Your recipe is very delicious.
Thanks, Helen, and thanks again for the canned-tomatoes ebook supplied.
I’d be quite careful as the vegetables are only quick pickles, and you are using mayonnaise which needs to be kept in the fridge once opened.
I am so glad I found this, it saved me trying to experiment. I used to love Heinz Sandwich Spread in my youth and bought a jar this week. It was disgusting! I don’t know whether they have changed the recipe (it was really, really sweet) or my taste bud have changed considerably – probably a combination of the two. Thank you!