Marvellous miracle mayo. Yes really. This recipe for simple vegan mayonnaise uses standard store cupboard ingredients and is really easy to prepare. It’s also exceptionally quick to make. We’re talking seconds, not minutes.
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Mayonnaise is such a useful ingredient. It’s just what you need for coleslaw and potato salad. It’s also great for enhancing sandwiches. Years ago, I assumed vegans just had to live without it. Then when I attended the Vegetarian Society’s vegan toolkit workshop a few years ago, we made vegan mayo. It was a revelation.
It wasn’t, however, until I took up the Veganuary challenge for the first time last year that I really took it seriously. Suddenly, I needed vegan mayonnaise.
Shop bought vegan mayo can be expensive. It’s also often loaded with ingredients that just aren’t needed if you’re making homemade. I tried one brand that didn’t look too bad, but I wasn’t really happy with it. It was time to dig out my stick blender.
Easy Vegan Mayonnaise
The method I learnt at the Vegetarian Society is the same one I’ve always used for standard mayonnaise. That is, you mix up all the ingredients other than the oil, then slowly drip the oil in as you whisk. You can do this by hand, but it’s much easier if you do it in a jug blender.
But in order to use a jug blender, you need to make a lot of mayonnaise. I prefer to make small batches of this simple vegan mayonnaise as and when I need it. The secret to this super speedy recipe is a stick blender.
All you need to do is place all of your ingredients, including the oil into a jug. Then immerse the stick blender and whizz for just a few seconds. It should emulsify and thicken within ten to twenty seconds. It really is that simple.
If you don’t have a stick blender, it’s really worth getting one. They’re not that expensive and are just brilliant for blitzing soups. You can do this in the pan you’ve cooked the soup up in, so you can keep washing up to a minimum. It’s a lot easier to wash a stick blender than it is a jug blender.
What Can I Use Instead of Soya?
I’ve experimented with other plant milks, but although they emulsify with no problem, they end up runny. Fine as a sauce or salad dressing, but no good as a thick and spreadable mayonnaise. Soya milk, however, works like a dream.
If you’d really rather not use soya milk, aquafaba works too. I haven’t tried this yet as it doesn’t sound desperately appealing. But I guess I will at some point. Use two tablespoons in place of the 50 millilitres of soya milk and let me know how you get on.
What’s the Best Oil to Use?
A neutral oil such as sunflower oil is best if you don’t want your mayonnaise to be strongly flavoured. But if you’d like to have a bit more flavour in your vegan mayonnaise, sesame seed oil is lovely. I expect peanut oil would also work well, but I haven’t tried it. And I’ve heard avocado oil is good too. Extra virgin olive oil is very strong, so I use 75ml of a neutral oil such as sunflower and 25ml of olive oil. This is the mix I use as my go to now.
You might just want to experiment. The quantities I’ve used in the recipe are small, so you won’t be wasting too much if it doesn’t work out.
Can I Add Other Flavourings?
You absolutely can. I’ve tried all sorts of flavourings and I haven’t yet found one I don’t like. Just add herbs or spices to your mayonnaise for some extra pizazz. Smoked paprika is a good one. Leave out the mustard and use a neutral oil.
A garlicky aioli is very nice too. If you’re using a jug blender use one clove of garlic and make sure it’s well blended before you start adding the oil. For the stick blender method, it’s best to grate the garlic in before blending. I use a small clove of garlic or half a normal sized one as the quantity of mayonnaise is so small.
Vegan Wasabi Mayonnaise
Wasabi mayonnaise is a new discovery. I’ve not tried it with powdered wasabi, but I’ve grated some fresh in and it works really well. Just swap it for the mustard.
Lemon Vegan Mayonnaise
I add lemon juice to my basic vegan mayonnaise recipe as a matter of course. But for a particularly lemony version, add the finely grated zest of half a lemon and an additional teaspoon of lemon juice.
If you use the stick blender method, you really shouldn’t have any problems. It’s meant to be best if the soya milk is at room temperature before you start blending, but I’ve heard that it still works if you use it cold from the fridge.
The jug blender method, however, can be a bit trickier. If the mixture doesn’t thicken, try adding a little more oil.
How Long Will Homemade Vegan Mayo Last?
Homemade vegan mayo will keep for about a week in the fridge if kept in a sealed container. It’s possible that the liquid might start to separate out, but if it does just give it a good stir and it will be fine. If you make it with aquafaba instead of soya milk, it will keep a few more days, apparently. But I’ve not tried it.
Recipes To Use Your Vegan Mayonnaise In
- Coleslaw via Fab Food 4 All
- Kohlrabi carrot slaw via Tin and Thyme
- Roasted Cornish new potato salad via Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
- Spring slaw via Tin and Thyme
- Tofu lettuce tomato sandwich via Tin and Thyme
- Vegan bánh mi via Planet Veggie
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Vegan Mayonnaise – The Recipe
Easy Vegan Mayonnaise
- 100 ml oil (for most purposes a neutral oil such as sunflower is best, but see notes below)
- 50 ml soya milk (at room temperature)
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp smooth mustard (Dijon or English are both good)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
Stick Blender Method
- Place all ingredients into a jug.
- Immerse the stick blender and blend on low for as long as it takes for the ingredients to emulsify and thicken - about 10 seconds.
Jug Blender Method
- You will need to double the ingredients so that there's enough liquid to cover the blades.
- Add all but the oil to the jug and blend briefly.
- Remove the centre lid and whilst the blender is running (on a low setting), slowly drizzle in the oil until the mixture emulsifies and thickens.
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