Mayonnaise Mix-ins

ingredients that can be mixed together with mayonnaise to add a new flavor

Alice Henneman, MS, RDN

Mayonnaise is a basic ingredient in most homes. Here are some quick mix-ins of common ingredients to add extra zing and variety to foods typically made with mayo.
Basic guide to mayonnaise mix-ins

For each 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (enough for 4 servings, 1 tablespoon each), use a spoon or small wire whip add these amounts of mix-ins. Taste and add more if desired.

1/2 teaspoon of one of these spices:

  • Cumin powder
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cinnamon (use just 1/4 teaspoon)

Salmon Mayo Mustard Sandwich1 finely chopped tablespoon of one of these fresh herbs:  

  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Dill (Salmon sandwich image made with mix-ins of dill and mustard)
  • Oregano

Add extra punch to any of the previous mix-ins by adding a dash of one of these—taste before you add more:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Mustard mayonnaise: Mix in 2 teaspoons of your favorite mustard. Dijon mustard is frequently combined with mayonnaise.

Did you know these food safety facts about mayonnaise?

  • Commercial mayonnaise is made from eggs, oil, lemon juice or vinegar and seasonings. Commercial mayonnaise is prepared under strict quality controls and contain pasteurized eggs.
  • Commercial mayonnaise isn’t the culprit for food poisoning at a picnic. In fact, its high acidity helps keep food safe. More likely, unsanitary handling and preparation of food used with the mayonnaise—such as chicken, ham or potatoes—is the problem.
  • Homemade mayonnaise, however, has the potential to contribute to food poisoning.  Older adults, pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk of foodborne illness.