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)
1 finely chopped tablespoon of one of these fresh herbs:
- Dill (Salmon sandwich image made with mix-ins of dill and mustard)
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.