Getting Creative with Condiments

Standard condiments such as mayo and ketchup are great alone with food, but can be enhanced by combining with other ingredients found in your kitchen to build a more complex flavor. This makes your food even more valuable because the customer finds it unique and different. We see a trend toward more bold and adventurous flavors, so we encourage you to test out some of these ideas with products that can be found in your kitchen as a sauce, dressing or dip.

Get inspired to create your very own signature sauce with these universally appealing condiments your customers have grown loyal to. Whether they prefer dipping fries in a creamy sauce or ketchup, a condiment is available for every taste preference.


You can do more with mayo than you may think. Meat and vegetables are great marinated with it. Try it mixed with some lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper for the perfect marinade. Mayonnaise can thicken the consistency of dressing, such as ranch, and adds a staying power so that every bit of salad greens are covered. Below are some ideas of how to enhance the flavor of mayonnaise and create a unique flavor for dips and sauces.

Try using our Marino brand Mayonnaise (item# 4700281)

Lemon & Herb Sauce


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dill, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Mustard-Mayo Dip


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill

Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise Dip


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 chipotle peppers
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic


Of course ketchup is most often used as a condiment to foods that are typically served hot and may be fried or greasy, such as fries, hamburgers, chicken tenders and other hot sandwiches. However, did you know that it can be combined as a base with other condiments and spices to elevate its flavor?  Use ketchup as the base for creating your very own signature sauce that can be added to meats, shrimp as well as roasted vegetables. Various ketchup-enhancing ideas are below.

Try using our Marino brand Canned Ketchup (item# 1000097) 6/10 lb.

Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Jalapeño Ketchup


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped canned jalapeño chilis
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Garlic Ketchup


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice

Sour Cream

Sour cream is particularly holds up well for cold dips and sauces. Its distinct flavor highlights flavors like garlic and spices. It is recommended to use a full-fat sour cream for these cold applications.

Jalapeno and Lime Dip


  • 1 ½  cups sour cream (360ml)
  • 12 jalapeno slices (jarred rather than fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon juice (from the jarred jalapenos)
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Loaded Creamy Dip


  • 1 ½  cups sour cream
  • 4 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices bacon crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon chives