Fortunately for us plant-powered foodies, not only can you get vegan mayo easily, we’re spoilt for choice. Keep reading to find out how vegan mayo is made and if it’s healthy. (Spoiler: it is!)
We know any hearty sandwich or chive-topped potato salad isn’t complete without lashings of mayonnaise. And thankfully there are plenty of creamy plant-based choices out there, so you can help the planet and satisfy your taste buds.
At the heart of most vegan mayos there’s a plant-based milk (usually soy) which acts as the emulsifier, binding the mayo together. Then oil, neutral-tasting vinegar and salt. During the process you’ll usually find the addition of mustard, herbs, spices or maple syrup. Or for vegan aioli, lots of garlic!
Our favourite is Dr Will’s Vegan Mayo, not the easiest to find, so when you do, stock up! It sits alongside many great independent labels in health-food stores and delis. However, if you’re already at the supermarket, we’ve got you covered too.The godfather of mayonnaise, Hellmann’s, has a widely available vegan mayo easily found in the sauces section. At around £2.50, it comes in a smidge more expensive than the rest of their range. But where mayo’s concerned, we think it’s worth every penny.
Due to the high oil content in mayonnaise, each spoonful is calorie-dense with a high fat content. We know what you must be thinking, but this isn’t always a bad thing. Certain fats are necessary for your organs to keep them happy and healthy, as well as ensuring you have enough energy to keep moving.
The drawback here comes more from the cholesterol side of things, which is something mayo is infamous for. However, by checking the labels for unrefined oils (like avocado, sesame or extra virgin olive oil), then the irresistible condiment will be cholesterol free!
If you’re now wondering what to do with all the vegan mayo you’re about to run out and buy, then what about making Val’s vegan fried chicken burgers tonight? You can thank us later.
Let us know your favourite vegan mayos in the comment section below.
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes ofEscape to the Country(no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.