Is Mayonnaise Vegan?
Mayonnaise is normally not vegan, as one of the crucial ingredients is eggs, along with oil and a few flavors. But several brands of egg-free and dairy-free vegan mayonnaise can be found at most grocery stores now, and at all natural foods stores. Determining the best vegan mayonnaise for you boils down to taste, texture, and cost in most cases.
Store-Bought Vegan Mayonnaise
One of the most popular vegan mayonnaise options is Vegenaise, one of the first to be largely marketed.
However, there are now more options that mimic the real thing that you should know about. A high oil content and lack of soy products seem to be preferred markers of a good vegan mayonnaise. Vegans who are looking for something closely related to real mayo in texture and flavor will enjoy Veganaise for this reason. Other brands to watch out for? Just Mayo, by Hampton Creek, Nayonaise and Spectrum Organic's Eggless Light Canola Mayo which also has a high oil content.
Vegenaise is also popular because it comes in four varieties: original, grapeseed oil, organic and expeller-pressed. They are all very similar in taste, and choosing which works for you is a matter of personal preference. Even if you're not vegan, using an egg-free mayonnaise is an easy way to reduce your cholesterol, since traditional mayonnaise is made from eggs. So it's worth trying a vegan mayo if for nothing else but health benefits.
Make Your Own Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise
If you prefer to make your own vegan mayonnaise, we've got just the recipes you need. Here are a few ways you can make your own vegan mayonnaise:
- Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe with Egg Replacer
- Basic Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe
Using Vegan Mayonnaise in Recipes
You may not have thought about mayonnaise before going vegan, but as a vegan, mayonnaise plays a more important role in making vegan versions of staple condiments and sauces.
For example, you'll be likely to begin making more homemade vegan salad dressings and you'll need vegan mayonnaise for some classics such as vegan ranch dressing, and finally, vegan mayonnaise comes in handy for things like homemade vegan potato salad, vegan tofu "egg" salad, vegan "chicken" salad, and of course, vegan cole slaw.
As mentioned above, creating vegan versions of dishes you may have loved before going vegan is essential to sticking to your vegan diet. Here are some recipes that use vegan mayonnaise and help maintain the same taste and texture as dishes you may have enjoyed when you ate foods that incorporate animal products such as eggs, milk, and meat:
- Basic Vegan Cole Slaw Recipe
- Vegan Carrot Raisin Salad
- Tofu "Egg" Salad
- Cheesy Vegan Garlic Bread Recipe
- Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- Vegetarian Mock Tuna Salad
- Creamy Dill Potato Salad