Mayonnaise is a very popular condiment, but it contains raw eggs, so not allowed for pregnancy and a few medical conditions. It’s also high in cholesterol. What you may not know is that vegan mayonnaise tastes exactly the same, so there is not reason not to try it. Mayo is simply an emulsion of oil, acid (vinegar or lemon) and (previously) egg yolk. Creamy Vegan Mayonnaise (The Veg Space) is made with plant milk, sunflower oil, vinegar, mustard and salt. The recipe has many variations. Keep vegan mayo away from pets due to toxic ingredients (garlic, soy etc).
A few years back, a company in the US was taken to court for calling their version ‘vegan mayonnaise’. The bigger company said they could not use the name, as the product did not contain egg. You can guess the rest: the resulting publicity of a cholesterol-free vegan mayo gave Just (the company) so much free publicity, the increased sales managed to fund the launch of more vegan products. And the big company dropped the case, and launched its own vegan mayo!
Make Your Own Vegan Mayonnaise
This spicy dressing (Crowded Kitchen) simply blends up vegan mayo with Dijon mustard and a few spicy ingredients for a mild or hot sauce, ideal for macaroni salad.
Oil-Free Vegan Mayo (Simple Vegan Blog) only needs a few ingredients. It uses cashews and water, rather than oil and soy milk.
Where to Buy Good Vegan Mayonnaise
Dr Will’s Vegan Mayonnaise was created by a medical doctor, to ensure his patients could enjoy healthy condiments. This is made with rapeseed oil, cider vinegar, lemon juice. salt and spices. Use it on chips or as a pizza sauce or marinade.
The Vurger Co Vegan Garlic Mayo is from an award-winning vegan burger chain in London and Brighton. The range includes garlic herb (perfect for pizza and potato salad), Spicy Chilli (good on vegan hot dogs) and Smoky Bacon (for burgers and fries, or also good for a cooked breakfast).
Rubies in the Rubble Garlic Mayo is made with aquafaba (whizzed up brine water from canned chickpeas) to use up food waste and make a ‘meringue’ that makes it light and airy. Also in a chilli version.