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Is Mayonnaise Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Mayo is a classic condiment used for everything from sandwiches to salads. But is the staple sauce vegan?

What is mayo?

Mayo is a condiment that has been used in cooking since the 19th century, and its origins lie surprisingly in France and Spain. It is a mix of olive oil, egg yolk and lemon juice, which is mixed together until it emulsifies to form the creamy condiment the world knows and loves.

Is mayo vegan?

Due to the presence of egg yolk, mayo typically isn’t vegan friendly. This means that a lot of commonly-found mayo is not suitable for those on a plant-based diet. However, as more people are experimenting with plant-based diets, several brands have launched a vegan mayo to reflect the growing market. 

Where can I buy vegan mayo?

Vegan mayo can be found in most supermarkets, in fact, Tesco sells its own vegan mayo under its vegan brand Plant Chef. Hellman’s, who is the biggest producer of mayo in the UK, sells a vegan version that is very popular with those on a plant-based diet. Other brands such as Hunter and Gather and Dr Wills also sell vegan mayo. So there you have it — there are lots of vegan options to jazz up your sandwiches.

Want to know if any other condiments have been given the vegan treatment? Let us know in the comments.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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