If you like mayo, then try a vegan brand as you would never know the difference. So it’s a no-brainer not to use it as it’s kind to animal, free from cholesterol and raw eggs. Mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of oil, acid (vinegar or lemon) and previously egg yolk. But most brands contain egg from factory farms, and it’s also high in cholesterol. Plant-based versions literally taste exactly the same, and you can use them on sandwiches, salads, potato salad, veggie burgers or as a dip. This Easy Vegan Mayo (The Simple Veganista) has just 6 ingredients. Keep vegan mayo away from pets & young children, as some recipes & brands contain nuts, soy etc.
Easy Vegan Mayo 3 Ways (Avant Garde Vegan) is by Welsh chef Gaz Oakley. Choose from classic, pizza style garlic or Baconaise!
You also support small artisan companies that tend to pack in glass, over plastic. Most supermarkets now sell vegan mayo in the free-from aisle, but you’ll often find better brands in health stores or online. Once opened, store them in the fridge and eat up within a few days. Mayonnaise is one of the easiest foods to make vegan. It is simple to make, easy to find in shops, and tastes exactly the same. Plus you don’t have all the hoo-ha of having to avoid raw eggs, blah blah.
A true story from the US: A company a few years back was founded to promote a new ‘vegan mayonnaise’. But a major manufacturer took him to court, saying he could not call it ‘mayo’, as it had no eggs. He fought the case and the resulting publicity got him so many sales (what? a vegan mayo that tastes the same, but has no raw eggs and no cholesterol?) that they dropped the case, before he made even more sales. The resulting success had him able to financially launch more plant-based products! The result? Today, the (you know who it is!) company has launched its own – yes, vegan mayo!
Where to Buy Vegan Mayo
The Vurger Co Vegan Mayo (ideal for sandwiches, burgers and salad) is from an award-winning vegan fast food brand with restaurants in London and Brighton, who now have launched retail products nationwide. The founders created the company after visiting California, and realising just how far behind the UK market was in offering tasty vegan food items. The range includes:
- Garlic & Herb – perfect for pizza crust and potato salad
- Smoky Bacon – for your vegan BBQ and cooked breakfast
- Spicy Chilli – good for veggie hot dogs and burgers, or salads and poké bowls
- Plamil Mayo is also in garlic and tarragon chive.
- Rubies in the Rubble Chilli Mayo is made with aquafaba (whizzed chickpea brine water) to use up waste and give it a ‘meringue’ feel).
- Mr Organic Egg-Free Garlic Mayo is packed with flavour, a great countertop condiment and tastes as good if not better than egg mayo. With no raw eggs, you can splash away to add this to your favourite salads, sandwiches or other dishes.
Recipe Break: Vegan Mayo
This recipe video is by a trained actor, and is really funny. Someone should give him his own TV show.