Mayonnaise

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A sauce made with egg yolks, olive or vegetable oil, mustard, and lemon juice or vinegar, and various seasonings. Combining all of the ingredients results in an emulsion being created, which involves the process of combining two liquids that do not typically mix together well, such as eggs and oil. Sauces or dressings that look like mayonnaise but which do not contain eggs as an ingredient, cannot be labeled as mayonnaise. Available as a traditional mixture of ingredients containing higher levels of fat, mayonnaise is also available in lighter versions that are considered low-fat and contain lower levels of fat content. Mayonnaise and its lighter versions are generally available in most food stores.

Rich in flavor and creamy in texture, mayonnaise is used as a condiment to be spread over foods such as sandwich breads or crackers, as a sauce enhancer that could be flavored with herbs, spices or bits of vegetables to be used as a dip, as a dressing for salads (when eggs are not used to make the mayonnaise), and as a thickener or base for other dressings. Mayonnaise is commonly made by hand to create a more flavorful dressing that is richer in taste and texture than commercial varieties. However, mayonnaise made by hand can only be stored for several days in a refrigerator. Commercially produced mayonnaise that has been opened can be stored refrigerated for up to 6 months after opening, while unopened containers can be stored in cool dry areas for periods of time that typically can extend beyond the "use by" date displayed on the label or container.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup
Calories263
Protein0g
Total Fat19g
Total Carbohydrates23g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars4g
Potassium24mg
Sodium691mg
Cholesterol26mg
Serving Size1 cup
Calories688
Protein0g
Total Fat77g
Total Carbohydrates0g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Potassium14mg
Sodium486mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 cup
Calories322
Protein5g
Total Fat31g
Total Carbohydrates3g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars0g
Potassium66mg
Sodium773mg
Cholesterol0mg

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