Mustard is my favorite condiment. A sandwich without it is just not right. But there’s more to mustard than simply serving as the ideal hot dog topping. Whole grain or straight yellow, its sharp vinegar taste and bright happy colour help complement a whole range of dishes and snacks. Here are just a few ways to use mustard that you may not have thought of, a few that deserve another look, and a couple surprising uses you might want to try.

Salad dressing

My favorite salad dressing uses Dijon mustard as its base. It’s a classic French dressing that you’ll find throughout the country on your side salads. Add a tablespoon of Dijon mustard to a tablespoon of olive oil and the same amount of balsamic or cider vinegar, add some brown sugar to taste and stir to combine it.

Dip it

In need of an easy, fun and flavorful dip? It doesn’t get much better than mustard. You can combine It easily with sour cream or mayonnaise to make a tasty dip for sliced veggies. If you want to get fancy you can add a few more ingredients, such as in this recipe, but you don’t have to. Or, just use straight yellow mustard as a nice dip for pretzels or other fancy bread.

Smell remover

If a skunk has sprayed your stuff (non-porous materials only), many people say that mustard combined with warm water can help get the smell out. Amazing!

With chicken

If you’ve never tried this, you’re missing out. Dijon or yellow mustard on the side with a chicken thigh is simply fantastic. I use this chicken recipe by Thomas Keller. Or complement Luvo’s own Chicken Chile Verde.

On burns

To soothe light burns, first run the area under cool water, then spread a little yellow mustard over it. You shouldn’t do this if the skin is broken. Only mild burns—for serious ones, consult a health care provider.

On fish

Mustard’s bright, acidic flavor makes it a perfect match for fish. I like to use Dijon mustard, and combine it with the juice from a third of a lime and a teaspoon of olive oil. Spread it over the fish and bake it, and voila: perfection.

With quinoa

Quinoa is a tasty seed with lots of uses. And mustard is a great complement to it, often in the form of a dressing. Here’s a healthy, wholesome recipe for quinoa and roasted vegetable salad  that’ll take you through the summer in style.

What’s your favorite use for mustard? Let us know in the comments!

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