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the mayo cynic

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I’m a fairly picky eater.  I’m not as bad as I used to be—I’ve started eating eggs, for goodness’s sake—but there are a few things I will not eat.  Number one on my not-so-hot list?  Mayonnaise.  I hate it.  It just grosses me out.

Too many times there are foods that I don’t care for that are good for me, like various vegetables.  It’s always kind been in my favor that mayonnaise isn’t the healthiest thing in the fridge; however, there are some foods that I would like to eat that contain this slimy condiment but won’t A) for calorie reasons or B) because once I know it’s in there, I’m immediately averse to it.

I usually try to find my way around it.  I order sandwiches special.  In spinach dips, I’ve substituted sour cream for mayo.  And my most recent solution involves something I had never tried but always wanted to:  tuna salad.  My magic ingredient?  Plain yogurt, usually Greek.

I used some precise measurements the first time, but now I usually just combine it all to taste.  Into the mix:

  • one can of tuna packed in water, drained
  • Stonyfield plain yogurt (I couldn’t get Greek at the time)
  • spicy brown mustard
  • sweet relish (I prefer dill, but it’s all I had)
  • generous sprinkling of dill seasoning

I spread the mix onto an Arnold multi-grain sandwich thin sprinkled with a little cheddar cheese.  With a pickle on the side.

Granted, tuna salad isn’t normally the most photogenic food in the first place, andI know my cell phone pictures aren’t the most appetizing.  But trust me.  This is good.  Crunchy relish, savory dish, tart yogurt and mustard….mmm.

Are there any foods that you absolutely despise?  How do you get around it?  I also hate lettuce, but that’s another story for another day.


6 responses »

  1. Do not keep eating that Honey Mustard… mayo based!

  2. I am sorry to say I have an underdeveloped taste for cheese. Something about really refined, expensive cheeses gets me in the back of my throat and stays there, gag. Give me some good ol’ sharp cheddar any day! It’s tough because fancy dinners or wine-and-cheese events usually have all this fancy cheese and who doesn’t love cheese??? Me, that’s who. It’s hard to get around. Usually I just admit I have juvenile tastebuds.

    • Haha, I know what you mean! Give me a block of Kraft and some boxed wine and I’m good to go! (Kidding—I don’t think I’ve ever drank wine from a box.) And I had to tell you that I saw these people at Wal-Mart after I read your comment and immediately thought of you! These folks are klassy with a k.

  3. hahah Summer I LOVE mayonnaise — it is seriously one of my favorites. 🙂 Substituting greek yogurt is such a great idea though — I wonder if it would work in Potato salad as well? PS glad I found your blog!

    • I’m glad you found it, too! I think you could definitely use Greek yogurt in potato salad. I have some potatoes I need to use up this week—if I try it, I’ll let you know how it works!

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