I absolutely adore mayonnaise. There’s something about the creaminess that I can’t get enough of, and almost every meal I make is served with lashings of mayo!
But while store-bought mayo is convenient, turning vegan meant that I had to put a little more care into getting my mayonnaise fix, and I frequently found myself disappointed by the lack of options available.
Not only does standard mayonnaise come with a list of ingredients the length of my arm, but I also find that store-bought mayo frequently includes a less desirable oily aftertaste. Because of this, if I couldn’t be bothered to make my own mayo, I would often turn to other binders such as tahini or hummus.
These are both delicious, but not quite the yummy mayo I’ve been craving.
A Vegan Mayo Recipe to the Rescue!
Finally, I found a vegan mayo recipe that’s made from entirely dairy-free ingredients. Not only is this perfect for my new diet, but it also avoids that unpleasant oily aftertaste and is surprisingly quick and easy to perfect.
This vegan mayo recipe is made from 100% vegan ingredients that I usually have at home anyway and can be prepared in just two minutes! I’ve even served it to some of my non-vegan friends who said they either couldn’t tell the difference or actually preferred this mayo to their regular egg-filled, store-bought versions!
I love how easy vegan mayo is to make (I really wasn’t expecting it to be this simple). It’s perfect when slathered on bread to make sandwiches filled with leafy greens, tomatoes, and avocado. I also love using it as a dip for my non-chicken nuggets and mixed into a decadent vegan potato salad.
My family and I absolutely adore this vegan substitute for mayo, and I have no doubt that you will love making your own mayo too!
Once you’ve made your tasty homemade vegan mayo, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. This makes it perfect for dipping, salads, sandwiches, and almost anything else you can think of!
Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise FAQs
If you’re searching for a vegan alternative to mayo but aren’t entirely convinced by how effortless it is to make your own, I’ve aimed to answer some of the most common queries surrounding dairy-free mayo, so you can cook with confidence.
Enjoy a dairy-free kitchen without any sacrifices!
What’s the best oil to use for vegan mayo?
You can use pretty much any neutral-flavored oils for this plant-based mayo. I generally prefer using light-tasting extra-virgin olive oil. You could also make dairy-free mayo with organic canola oil, safflower oil, or any other plant-based oil.
Is vegan mayo healthy?
If your priority is to find a healthy alternative to mayo, this sugar-free mayo is about as good as it gets!
It’s far healthier than store-bought mayonnaise, and tofu mayonnaise has the added benefit of being low in fat and high in protein.
How long does vegan mayo last?
Once you’ve learned how to make vegan mayo, you’ll be wanting to know how long this tasty treat will last. You should store your vegan mayonnaise in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will last for up to 1 week.
Do I have to press the tofu for this mayo recipe?
Although I usually go on and on about how you must press the tofu before cooking, when making vegan mayo with silken or soft tofu, it’s not actually necessary to press out the excess liquid. In fact, pressing silken tofu can cause it to lose the smooth texture, which is essential to making the best vegan mayo.
That said, it’s still a good idea to drain excess liquid from the silken tofu packet before adding it to your blender, so there isn’t too much water in the mixture.
If you’re cooking with regular, firm, or extra-firm tofu, it is essential to press your tofu before incorporating it into your recipe. Click here for my favorite tofu press to make this process quick and easy!
How to thicken vegan mayo
Thanks to what is in vegan mayo, the simple process of combining the ingredients will work to thicken the condiment as you go. This means it’s ready for use immediately.
If you would like your mayo a little thicker, simply store it in the refrigerator. It will thicken more once it has sat in the cold for a little while.
Vegan Mayo Recipe Ideas
Once you’ve mastered homemade vegan mayonnaise, it’s time to put it to good use! Naturally, vegan mayo is a must-have in any sandwich, but it also makes the perfect addition to burger buns the next time you make veggie burgers.
I even love using this mayo substitution in creamy salad dressings. I particularly love making vegan potato salad with celery, red onions, capers, radishes, chives, and more. Simply combine your vegan mayo with some extra Dijon mustard, lemon juice, minced garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper for an incredible dish you can bring to any summer BBQ (or keep all to yourself).
If those aren't enough serving suggestions for you, you can also easily transform this vegan mayo into sriracha or chipotle sauce by combining 1/3 cup of mayo with 2 tsp (or more) sriracha or chipotle spices. Perfect for anything from tacos to nori wraps, this slightly spiced and creamy sauce is a dream in almost any recipe.
I think this is the best vegan mayo recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s so delicious that nobody I’ve served it to has been able to taste the difference, and the ingredients are all things I have on-hand anyway. Plus, the fact that it can be made in a couple of minutes is such a selling point for me!
Say goodbye to choosing between dairy products or hours in the kitchen with a complicated recipe… This vegan mayo recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. You’ll never look back!
A Delicious Vegan Mayo Recipe: All the Taste, None of the Dairy!
1 1/4 cups
7oz organic silken or soft tofu
1/3 cup neutral-tasting oil (I tend to prefer extra virgin olive oil for this vegan mayo recipe)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp mineral salt + extra to taste
¼ tsp Dijon mustard (if you’re not a fan of Dijon mustard, you could substitute ¼ tsp onion powder)
This eggless mayo recipe is so easy – you simply combine all of the ingredients to create the perfect DIY vegan mayo.
In a small personal blender
If you’re using a small personal blender to make the perfect eggless mayonnaise, simply add everything to the blender cup and attach the criss-cross blade. Blend the ingredients together for approximately 1 minute, then taste and serve (or add more salt, if needed).
In an immersion blender
To use an immersion blender for this egg-free mayo, add all the ingredients into a 2-cup measuring jug or a mason jar (or another tall, straight container). Use your immersion blender to blend everything together for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stop when the mixture turns creamy, then taste.
In a regular blender
If you’re using a regular blender for this homemade vegan mayo, it’s well worth doubling the recipe for the best results! As with the other methods, place all of the ingredients in the blender, then process until the mixture turns smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.