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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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Cook's Note:

If you want it creamier, add a couple more tablespoons of mayonnaise, some sour cream, buttermilk, or whatever!

Nutrition Facts

84 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 0.1g; fat 9.5g 15% DV; cholesterol 0.2mg; sodium 4mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2016
I didn't have any of the fresh herbs so used 1/4 tsp. dried for each. I also didn't have the herbs de provence so used Penzey's Mural of Flavor. I used raspberry white wine vinegar as that's what I had. The flavor was OK--maybe it would have been a little more distinctive had I used the herbs de provence. It was also runnier than I thought it would be so will add sour cream buttermilk or more mayo per the cook's note at the bottom of the recipe.. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2013
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! Read More
(62)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2015
Mr. Sobieski, if someone not knowing the ingredients in herbs de provence is all that's wrong with society we must live in Utopia. I was shocked at your statement. Not all of us were born knowing all there is to know about cooking and ingredients. Not all stores carry some of the lesser used ingredients, especially when you get into the smaller cities and rural areas. A person should be able to ask a question without an arrogant remark being given instead of an answer. I think you owe the questioner an apology, and the rest of us for having to read your comment. As far as this recipe goes, I loved it, and will experiment with the bottoms of all varieties of condiment jars and bottles. Thanks for getting my creative side working! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2014
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 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2014
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!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2014
Also works with near empty Dijon mustard jars. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2015
This is good. Another trick I use is to empty an almost full bottle of italian dressing into the empty mayo jar and give it a good shake. There's usually enough mayo left to make a nice creamy dressing with absolutely NO fuss at all! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2014
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!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/06/2016
I didn't have any of the fresh herbs so used 1/4 tsp. dried for each. I also didn't have the herbs de provence so used Penzey's Mural of Flavor. I used raspberry white wine vinegar as that's what I had. The flavor was OK--maybe it would have been a little more distinctive had I used the herbs de provence. It was also runnier than I thought it would be so will add sour cream buttermilk or more mayo per the cook's note at the bottom of the recipe.. Read More
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