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Duke’s Mayonnaise- Secret Weapon for Tasty Southern Cooking

Updated on May 3, 2015
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.


I always loved Duke’s Mayonnaise I guess. I used to eat it out of the jar with a spoon when I was a small child, so I’m told. As an adult, of course I know that mayonnaise is highly caloric, and should be used only occasionally or sparingly. (Wink, wink.) I certainly don’t eat mayo daily, but I embrace any great excuse to enjoy Duke’s Mayonnaise. There are certain foods or recipes, like classic Southern potato salad and coleslaw, that require mayo, and Duke’s Mayonnaise makes all the difference in the world with these foods.


Duke's Mayonnaise, the best!

Duke's Mayonnaise, CF Sauer Company, Richmond, VA
Duke's Mayonnaise, CF Sauer Company, Richmond, VA | Source

Duke's Mayonnaise, Southern Favorite

Duke’s mayonnaise was created by Eugenia Duke of Greenville S.C. in 1917. The C.F. Sauer Company of Richmond Virginia maintains that they still use Ms. Duke’s original recipe, and it is still made in Greenville.

Thankfully it is now easy to obtain Duke’s Mayonnaise. I can get it at HEB Central Market. It is also available through the mail, such as from Amazon. When I first joined the Air Force however, this was not the case! When I drove to Illinois for my first duty assignment, I had 4 jars of Duke’s in the trunk of my car. Unfortunately, it snowed within 2 days of my arrival, and the mayo was still in my trunk. I found out mayo separates when frozen and thawed. I could have cried!

In this hub I am sharing some of my favorite foods and recipes to enjoy the great taste of Duke’s Mayonnaise, a kitchen staple of kitchens throughout the Southeast for great Southern cooking.


Tomato Sandwich with Dukes on Sourdough

Tomato sandwich made with Dukes Mayonnaise on Sourdough bread
Tomato sandwich made with Dukes Mayonnaise on Sourdough bread | Source
Banana Sandwich on Oroweat Oat Nut bread, slathered with Dukes mayo
Banana Sandwich on Oroweat Oat Nut bread, slathered with Dukes mayo | Source

Sandwiches



Tomato Sandwich

Nothing better than a tomato sandwich with a garden grown ripe tomato. I like this on white thin sandwich bread, because I don’t want the bread to distract from the tomatoes. Spread the Duke’s, add the sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper. Also great with a slice or two of thin “boiled” ham.


Banana Sandwich

I like my banana sandwich on Oat Nut bread, such as Oroweat Oat Nut. The bread is a bit heavier than white bread, and larger, but the flavor profile is perfect for a banana sandwich. Spread the mayo liberally.


Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

Spread bread with Duke’s Mayonnaise. Top with steamed broccoli spears, cut into thin strips lengthwise. Add boned chicken breast and top with cheese. Heat until cheese melts.


Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad | Source

Tuna and Chicken Salad



Tuna Salad

I like my tuna salad on Wasa Crackers, or just by itself. Sometimes I use sweet pickle, sometimes dill. I use pickle, a mashed boiled egg and Duke’s. I also like it with diced onion, cucumbers and mayo.



Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad with golden raisins
Curried Chicken Salad with golden raisins | Source

Chicken Salad


As with tuna salad, I sometimes make chicken salad with sweet pickle, and other times with dill. More often I use dill pickle, tiny diced celery, mashed boiled egg, mayo and a Tbsp or two of vinegar. I eat it as a sandwich or on saltines.



Chicken Waldorf Salad

Chicken Salad with pineapple and pecans
Chicken Salad with pineapple and pecans | Source


Chicken Salad with Raisins and Pineapple


For a sweet chicken salad, use golden raisins, English walnuts, crushed pineapple and Duke’s Mayonnaise. This one does nicely on a salad plate with fruit.


Salad with Ranch Dressing

Romaine and spinach salad with bacon and ranch dressing
Romaine and spinach salad with bacon and ranch dressing | Source
Ranch Dressing
Ranch Dressing | Source


Hidden Valley Dressing & Dips

Use Duke’s mayo with dry packaged Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix. This is so much better than bottled dressing! I might make it with 1 ½ cup plain yogurt and ½ cup mayo. This is immediately thick and ready to use, unlike when you make it with milk and it has to set. I like ranch on a salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, baby cucumbers and rotisserie chicken.

Also great as a dip with baby carrots or other favorite vegetables.



Other Dips

I love dip mixes from Hampe House in Gruene Texas, especially the Chili Con Queso Dip mix. Hampe House was sold and they no longer carry the dips, but my I found another source, The Old Mill. I also collect dip mixes from the shops in Fredericksburg Texas. Most of the dips call for 2 cups of sour cream, but I tend to use plain yogurt and ½ cup of Duke’s mayo. Sometimes I add a couple Tbsp of sour cream as well.



Broccoli with Mock Hollandaise

Broccoli with Mock Hollandaise, made with mayo and lemon juice
Broccoli with Mock Hollandaise, made with mayo and lemon juice | Source

Mock Hollandaise Sauce


Blend Duke’s Mayonnaise with lemon juice. This is the best thing that ever happened to steamed broccoli. Sometimes I use this to spread on bread, just as I would plain mayo, for a sandwich.



Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread made with shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and queso fresco
Pimento Cheese Spread made with shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and queso fresco | Source

Pimento Cheese Spread


Make your own pimento cheese with your favorite cheese or mixture of cheeses. Shred cheese and combine with finely diced pimentos. Stir in mayo until desired consistency.



Potato Salad
Potato Salad | Source

Cold Side Dishes


Potato Salad

I use red potatoes, Claussen’s pickles, boiled eggs, sweet onion, green olives, Dijon mustard and Duke’s mayo in my potato salad. Don’t use a chopper for the pickle or onion because the texture gets lost. See my hub, Thanksgiving Southern Family Feast Recipes for my potato salad recipe.



Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with Dukes mayo, sweet onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers
Pasta salad with Dukes mayo, sweet onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers | Source

Pasta Salad


I like pasta salad with Duke’s mayonnaise, not vinaigrette, and I call it noodle salad. I like tri-color spiral pasta or shells. I use tomatoes, sweet onion and cucumbers. As with potato salad, I do not use a chopper because the vegetable texture disappears. Also, cook the pasta with ample salt, and try to salt the vegetables and set aside for 30 to 60 minutes before mixing all of the ingredients together. At our house we like this with tuna as well.


Vegetable Plate with Slaw

Vegetable plate with potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans and slaw
Vegetable plate with potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans and slaw | Source

Slaw

The package mix for slaw dressing, usually on the produce isle, is really quite good, prepared with Duke’s mayonnaise of course. I like the fine shredded cabbage, but the coarse with carrots and purple cabbage is good too. Just add sweet onion and maybe a smidge of sweet pickle relish.


Cucumber Salad

Green Beans with Cucumber Salad
Green Beans with Cucumber Salad | Source

Cucumber Salad

My grandmother always made cucumber salad to go over the top of green beans. Make a sauce of Duke’s mayonnaise, vinegar and water. Granny used straight vinegar, which is too strong for me. Try about ½ cup of mayo, ¼ cup white or Champagne vinegar, and ¼ cup of water. Whisk to blend and add salt to taste. Add 6 chopped baby cucumbers or equivalent and about ½ cup chopped sweet onions.

Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole made with yellow squash
Squash Casserole made with yellow squash | Source


Broccoli or Squash Casserole

Many broccoli casseroles are a variation of: 2 boxes frozen chopped broccoli, 1 can of cream soup, 1 to 1½ cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese, and ½ to 1 cup of mayo. A small chopped onion and 1 to 2 beaten eggs are also common ingredients. Crushed Ritz crackers are a common topper, or buttered saltine crackers. Classic Southern cooking!

Squash casseroles follow the same formula. Use several yellow squash, sliced and cooked until soft.


Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan made with mayo and cream soup
Chicken Divan made with mayo and cream soup | Source

Chicken Divan


Chicken Divan is a decadent treat made with rice, chicken breast, cream soup and Duke’s Mayonnaise. See my hub, 8 Super Fast, Cheap and Easy Casseroles for the recipe.

Thanks for reading! Leave a comment and let me know you were here.

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  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    So glad you dropped by Ladybird. The mayo blended with lemon juice is my "light" mayo!

  • Ladybird33 profile image

    Ladybird33 

    8 years ago from Fabulous USA

    I had to bookmark this because I love this mayo too. I buy the light Duke's because I think it's even better then the original. Love your tips above!

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks Rope and habee. My mom always made slaw with apples and raisins. I'm not too keen on the plumped up texture of raisins in slaw or carrot salad. I like them more "dry". Like you Rope, I tend to eat Chicken Salad that has fruit and nuts with a fork, not in a sandwich.

  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    Oooohh...I haven't tried apples in slaw, but I bet that would be great! Thanks for another great tip!

  • The Rope profile image

    The Rope 

    8 years ago from SE US

    Dukes - is there any self-respectin' southern lady who doesn't keep some on hand? :) Some recipes just can't be repeated with any other mayo. Apples are terrific in slaw. I've added grapes to chicken salad if I'm serving it on lettuce but not in a sandwich but yumm! what a great idea about cranberries in spinach salad! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for a walk down memory lane...

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for reading habee. I've not added those things to chicken salad, but it sounds great. I've had grapes, along with walnuts in “restaurant” chicken salad. I like the dried cranberries in spinach salad, so I think I’d like that too. What about apples in slaw? Do you ever do that?

  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    Like any good Southerner, I keep Duke's on hand! The recipes sound great. Do you ever add chopped apples, grapes, or dried cranberries to your chicken salad? Yum!

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for reading RTalloni. Glad you appreciate this classic!

  • RTalloni profile image

    RTalloni 

    8 years ago from the short journey

    Dukes, you betcha. Thanks for the handy recipes!

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