½ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated

2 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons water

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Blend together the mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and water in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Makes about ¾ cup. My personal preference for a brand of mayonnaise is Best Foods/Hellmann’s. This simple salad dressing is very versatile. Try adding minced fresh herbs such as Italian parsley, chives, or basil. Add a minced anchovy and grated Parmegiano to turn it into a Caesar-style dressing. Keeps for a day or two tightly sealed in the refrigerator.