If you’re a mayonnaise fanatic, you were probably pretty upset to find that you could no longer eat it once you turned vegan.
However, thanks to the power of plant-based recipes, recreating creamy mayonnaise that doesn’t feature any animal products is now possible.
How do you make vegan mayo? There are lots of recipes available for vegan mayonnaise, but most of them include vinegar, mustard, salt, oil, and aquafaba.
Almost all of the ingredients are identical to egg-based mayonnaise but without any of the guilt or animal byproducts needed.
Learning how to make vegan mayo should be one skill in your repertoire, as this versatile condiment goes well with so many things.
This guide will show you the simple steps and rate some of the tastier store-bought vegan mayo options so you can see which is best.
Why Is Mayonnaise So Popular?
When you think of the world’s most beloved condiments, mayonnaise would have to be on the top of the list.
The creamy, tangy deliciousness of mayonnaise makes it versatile enough to use in all types of foods and many cuisines around the world rely on its unique flavor and texture.
Some of the most common uses for mayonnaise include as a sauce for sushi in Japan, spread onto sandwiches and burgers in the US, as part of salad dressings and other sauces, and even for dipping fries into in Europe.
Anyone who loves mayonnaise probably has their own special recipe or food they use it with, further adding to its versatility.
Although delicious, most mayonnaise recipes are made with eggs, which makes them off-limits for vegans.
The usual ingredients in regular mayo include eggs, vinegar, salt, and vegetable oil, all blended together and emulsified to create a thicky, creamy sauce that you can dollop on anything.
The good news is, this is one food that can be easily recreated with plant-based ingredients and it will taste just the same, swapping out eggs for aquafaba, which can be sourced from tinned chickpeas and other beans.
This is one vegan alternative that has proven there’s no need to harm any animals just to get some of the creamy, tangy goodness you used to love.
A Delicious Vegan Mayo Recipe
If you’re ready to step up your condiment game and want a reliable and delicious vegan mayonnaise recipe to help you do it, this is it.
Check out our simple vegan mayo recipe to find out how to create a delectably creamy condiment that features no animal products but a whole lot of flavor.
¼ cup aquafaba
1 cup sunflower or vegetable oil
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp fine sea salt
1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
Pour the aquafaba into the food processor bowl and mix for 1-2 minutes until it turns to a thicker, whipped consistency.
Add the salt, mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar to the bowl. Mix ingredients for 30-60 seconds until combined, and scrape down the bowl as you go so everything is incorporated.
Separate a quarter of the oil, and while keeping the processor running, slowly drip this into the mixture while continuing stirring.
When you see that the mixture is starting to thicken, add the rest of the oil in slowly. This should be fed as a slow drip as well, letting it mix and emulsify before adding more.
Scrape down the sides again and continue mixing for another 30 seconds.
Do a taste test to see if anything is missing, adding more salt or lemon as needed.
Put the mayonnaise into a glass jar with a lid and store it in the fridge, giving it a couple of hours to set and thicken further.
Tips for Use
This recipe should create 1 ½ cups of vegan mayonnaise which equates to around 24 tablespoons or servings.
You can store the vegan mayonnaise in the fridge for up to three weeks or until it starts smelling bad.
If you notice liquid pooling at the top of the mayo, a quick stir will sort this out.
A tablespoon serving of this mayonnaise is around 80 calories and with just 1.2 grams of saturated fat.
If you’d prefer to use soy or plant milk in place of aquafaba, you can replace it with half a cup instead.
Those wanting sweeter mayonnaise can add a teaspoon of maple syrup to the mix.
Homemade vs Store-Bought Mayo
When you compare some home recipes to store-bought foods, there’s usually a clear winner, but this doesn’t seem the case for vegan mayonnaise.
You can make it yourself if you have the time and desire to, but if you purchase a jar from the supermarket, it’s likely going to taste just as good.
If you’d prefer to take the ready-made route, we have some good news for you as the market for vegan condiments has only gotten bigger and tastier. Here are a few of the more popular brands of vegan mayonnaise and what they offer:
Hellman’s: As the world’s most popular egg mayonnaise, it’s no wonder Hellman’s has created a vegan-friendly alternative that’s just as tasty. This rich, creamy egg-free mayo is a fan favorite and with a lot less saturated fat than its non-vegan counterpart, so it’s a smart pick even if don’t follow a plant-based diet.
Heinz: Heinz is another huge brand who have seen the light about catering to a vegan market and their egg-free mayo called ‘Seriously Good Vegan Mayo’ is just as delicious as the real deal. It’s gluten-free, kosher, and made with no artificial colors or flavors for your peace of mind. Better still, it comes in a handy squeeze bottle which means less mess left inside of your mayo jar.
Best Foods: If you find most plant-based products to be too expensive, Best Foods has ensured this won’t be the case with theirs. The Best Foods Vegan Dressing and Spread is tasty and affordable, plus made without any animal products for your peace of mind. It comes in a large jar for serious mayo lovers who can never have enough of their favorite condiments.
Plant Perfect: The Plant Perfect brand is committed to creating tasty plant-based foods and their mayonnaise range is evidence of that. Along with regular egg-free mayo, you can get different flavors and seasonings in each jar, with their entire selection being 100% vegan friendly. They’re a little more expensive but after one taste you’ll know why.
Chosen Foods: Chosen Foods is a non-GMO food manufacturer that creates everything from avocado oil to vegan mayonnaise. Their range of vegan mayonnaise is seriously impressive with names like Wasabi Avocado Oil Mayo, Classic Keto Mayo, and Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil Mayo, and none of them feature any animal products whatsoever.
Creamy Mayo That’s Good for Your Conscience
Vegan mayonnaise has proven that there’s no need to use animal products just to get a tasty condiment and having a recipe up your sleeve that can help you recreate it is a bonus.
Whether you go store ought or DIY, you’ll have no problems finding tasty ways to enjoy a dollop of vegan mayo.
Almost all of your favorite condiments now come in vegan form so you can relish in the flavors without any of the guilt. To learn more about some of the vegan-friendly sauces and condiments out there, we’ve answered some FAQs that can give you a push in the right direction.
What Condiments Are Vegan?
The most popular condiments that are also accidentally vegan are soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sweet and sour chili, miso, paste, and wasabi, just to name a few.
For your favorite non-vegan condiments like mayonnaise and sour cream, there are now replica recipes and products available that are 100% vegan proving that animal products aren’t necessary to create tasty goods.
Can You Get Vegan Sour Cream?
Yes, it is possible to purchase vegan sour cream at most health food stores and other stores that sell vegan goods, otherwise, you can make your own fairly easily.
Vegan sour cream can be made at home with ingredients like raw cashews, lemon, vinegar, nutritional yeast, and apple cider vinegar, but recipes can vary a little depending on the desired taste and consistency.
Is Aquafaba Vegan?
Aquafaba is the liquid found in canned goods, usually chickpeas and other types of beans and it’s 100% vegan. The texture of aquafaba when whipped makes it a good replica for eggs and it’s used in many vegan condiments like sour cream and mayonnaise to get the same feel.
Lorraine Pinnix is a passionate nutritionist and loves seeing people living healthy, and fulfilled lives. She believes that food is an essential piece of staying fit and strongly believes in going vegan. PureGrowthOrganic is a passionate work that details her research in helping you go on complete organic diets. She is available for questions, comments, and follow-ups.