10 Ways to Transform Mayonnaise

blue cheese dip

Mayonnaise is one of the most common accompaniments that people serve with their food. While it is possible to make this yourself at home, most people simply buy this sauce in a jar or squeezy bottle. Even if you buy the premade version, there are many ways that you can make this sauce more exciting and transform it to better suit the dish with which it is served. Here are 10 ways to transform mayonnaise.

Mustard Mayonnaise

Just add a teaspoon of your preferred variety of mustard to the mayonnaise. This is delicious with ham or beef dishes. 

Garlic Mayonnaise

To add extra flavour to the mayonnaise, simply grate one clove of garlic and add. 

Chilli Mayonnaise

For those who like a little spice, try adding one chopped fresh chilli to the mayonnaise. Add a little less for a lightly spiced mayonnaise and more if you are a fan of spicy food. 

Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise

If you like lots of flavor but a little less spice, add one teaspoon of sweet chilli sauce.

Curried Mayonnaise

Another way of adding extra flavor is to add half a teaspoon of curry powder to the mayonnaise. 

Lemon Mayonnaise

Lemon mayonnaise is delicious with seafood and chicken. Simply squeeze in a little lemon juice and stir. 

Horseradish Mayonnaise

As an accompaniment to a beef salad, spoon some horseradish into the mayonnaise to add both flavour and heat.

Seafood Sauce 

Traditionally served with prawn cocktail but equally good with any seafood, it is easy to create your own seafood sauce using mayonnaise as a base. Just add tomato sauce, black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Smoky mayonnaise

Half a teaspoon of smoked paprika creates an unusual alternative. 

Blue Cheese Dip

see recipe


Side Dishes to Make with Mayonnaise

Waldorf Saladsee recipe

Coronation Chicken– combine curried mayonnaise with cooked chicken and sultanas. 

Coleslaw– stir mayonnaise into grated carrots, onion, and white cabbage.

Funky Red Cabbage Slaw see recipe




RECIPE: Waldorf Salad


The Waldorf salad was first created in 1893 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Originally, the salad contained apples, celery, and grapes bound in a mayonnaise dressing. Later, walnuts were added and the grapes were replaced with raisins or sultanas. Here is how to make a simple and delicious Waldorf salad.

Ingredients for Waldorf Salad

  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • ¼ cup sultanas
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Waldorf Salad

  1. Core and chop the apples and slice the celery before adding to a mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the walnut halves and add these to the mixing bowl along with the sultanas.
  3. Put the mayonnaise into the mixing bowl and stir to bind the ingredients together.
  4. Add the lemon juice, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Stir well before transferring to a serving bowl for sharing, onto salad leaves in individual portions, or on to plates as an accompaniment.

For more interesting salad ideas, click here.