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Chef John's Empty Mayo Jar Dressing Recipe
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Chef John’s Empty Mayo Jar Dressing
See an ingenious way to get every last bit of mayo from the jar. See more
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Chef John's Empty Mayo Jar Dressing

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"When you're down to that empty jar of mayonnaise, don't scrape and scrape and scrape or just toss it out and open a new one. There's a better way: just use the jar to make a dressing."

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Original recipe makes 1 -1/2 cups dressing Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Place garlic, parsley, thyme, chives, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and herbes de Provence into a nearly empty mayonnaise jar containing at least 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.
  2. Cover mayonnaise jar with lid and shake vigorously until mayonnaise combines with dressing ingredients to make a creamy dressing, about 2 minutes. Pour into a serving dish.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • If you want it creamier, add a couple more tablespoons of mayonnaise, some sour cream, buttermilk, or whatever!

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Aug 31, 2013

Immediately after watching Chef John prepare a dressing with a mayo jar I got mine out of the fridge. I did read the suggested ingredient list, but all I needed to hear was that I could use any dressing; I was able to increase the amount of the half jar of homemade dressing that we love that was in the fridge. Just poured it into the mayo jar, shook it, and poured it back as a creamy version. Frugality at its finest!

Nov 08, 2013

I learned to do this years ago from my parents who were in the depression. I still do it and now I have tried your ingredients and everything worked out perfect. Thanks for giving me a change in pace. 5 STARS 4 U. p.s. I never throw pickle juice away. Also helps to make a great dressing.

Nov 30, 2013

This was good, and a great use of that last little bit of mayo. I used half the fat mayo, because that's what we always have, and increased the herbs by doubling them. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe. This dressing may be a little tangy for some people, but it was a good ratio of acid to fat for us. Served with a simple salad of Boston lettuce, endive, radicchio, and baby cucumbers. Will definitely make this, or a variation of it, when my mayo jar is next empty. Thanks!

Apr 04, 2014

Great way to use up what is basically something unusable. One reviewer stated they didn't know what herbs de provence was, and asked for "normal ingredients". This is what's wrong with society today

Apr 03, 2014

Also works with near empty Dijon mustard jars.

Apr 09, 2014

Valerie, - I agree with you and to the two snarky ones, what is this world coming to when there is no compassion! I can never remember what herbs make up "Herbes de Provence" and have to look it up every time!!

Apr 10, 2014

Brilliant. I'm accustomed to adding mayo and/or sour cream to salad dressings when I'm in the mood for something creamier ... but for the life of me I never thought to simply transfer them to the mayo jar. Thanks so much!

Apr 03, 2014

Cut back on the olive oil, added 1-2 teaspoons of dry ranch dressing mix and it was delicious. So many possibilities for making a custom dressing. Thanks!!


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  • Calories
  • 84 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 4 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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