For each 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (enough for 4 servings, 1 tablespoon each), use a spoon or small wire whip to 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:
Chives, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Oregano
For extra punch, add a dash of cayenne pepper or garlic powder. Add color and spicy flavor with 2 teaspoons of your favorite mustard.
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.