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Mayonnaise Substitute

By Edited May 5, 2016 0 0

For those, who don’t like the taste of mayonnaise or want to use a tasty alternative, I would like to propose a few mayonnaise substitutes to choose from. The most obvious choice is to use a substitute product from a wide range of those available in shops, like sour cream or plain yogurt. There are also solutions for those who want to keep fit – reduced fat or fat free mayonnaise-like productss. Vegan mayonnaise with additional microelements additives also falls into this category. Moreover, there are products that are completely different in taste and composition from the traditional mayonnaise but can be a used for meals to season them in the same way as we do with the mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise Substitute


The most common mayonnaise equivalents

Three mayonnaise substitutes that are commonly used are : sour cream, plain yogurt and Greek yogurt. The first one, sour cream[1171], has a lot of fat in its composition, but the amount is significantly lower than in the case of ordinary mayonnaise. If you want to cut down the fat intake, you can find a fat-free sour cream, so you can make your meals significantly healthier. Taking other elements into consideration – there is a medium amount of sugar and a very little amount of proteins.


As for plain and Greek yogurt – there are plenty of products to choose from. One can buy a yogurt with a traditional amount of fat, reduced fat or fat-free. There are many health benefits of Greek yogurt according to its nutritious values level, so for health conscious individuals, it should be used instead of a plain yogurt.


Generally speaking, those three mayonnaise equivalents are good choices when it comes to nutritious values. It is important to note, that those substitutes are different in taste and consistency, so they won’t go well with any meal, and obviously – they can be simply unpalatable for many people used to the mayonnaise taste. On the other hand, many meals will taste much better with yogurts or sour cream. To make a taste different, you can try to mix various ingredients as well as combining it with other products, for example : yogurt with mustard.


Mayonnaise-like products that can be bought in shops 

Shops offer a huge amount of various types of mayonnaise-like substitutes, for example a mayonnaise can be light, non-fat, with reduced amounts of fats, etc. It is even possible to buy a mayonnaise created especially for vegans. But it is important to note, that to imitate the taste and consistency of natural mayonnaise, its equivalents can be artificially enriched with huge amounts of preservatives, that can be dangerous for one’s health. But the imitative is in most cases not as good as the natural product, and many consumers state openly that substitutes taste much worse and the traditional mayonnaise is the one that should be used due to its irreplaceable taste. Equivalents are also not always suitable for various meals and products, but this matter will be discussed later. Now, let’s proceed to the vegan mayonnaise substitute.


Vegan mayonnaise substitute

While making your own vegan substitute, it is important to take a closer look at the recipe of traditional mayonnaise and adjust it properly to vegan beliefs. As it is commonly known fact, that vegans do not eat products that are of animal origin, so while creating mayonnaise, any products like eggs or cow’s milk should be deleted from the recipe. To maintain similar taste and consistency, the ingredients of floral origin, that will be used to make the product, should be as similar in taste to the original as it’s possible. If you are interested and want to create such a substitute, check this website for exemplary recipe[1172].

Almond Mayonnaise

Important factors while choosing mayonnaise substitute

There are certain points of interest while choosing proper mayonnaise substitute. First of them is to check on the product label, and read how many salt is added to the product. The optimal proportion should be about 90 milligrams of salt in a 15 g tablespoon. Another issue is the amount of fat in a product. In original mayonnaise it is somewhere about 70 or 80 % of it. While looking for a tasty alternative, this proportion doesn't seem to be really important, but should be noted in case, where we are looking for low fat or fat free substitute.


Sometimes in a recipe there is a special note, that the original mayonnaise in it shouldn’t be replaced with reduced fat or fat-free substitutes, especially in the case of heated or baked meals. There is a possibility that while heating those products can break and the whole meal can have an unpleasant texture after being prepared. Therefore if that kind of note is added to your recipe you definitely shouldn't replace mayonnaise with a substitute. For more information please check the following website[1173].



To wrap up, there are many substitutes in numerous variations, from light types to non-fat, and everyone can find his or her own favorite mayonnaise substitute. It should be also considered that not all equivalents will be suitable for a particular meal. It is advised to look for suitable substitute for every prepared meal with trial and error method. If one substitute is not suitable for one dish, it can be perfectly acceptable in other one. Nevertheless, please keep in mind that mayonnaise does go bad.



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  2. "Mayonnaise Substitute." Taste of Home Cooking-Tips. 15/11/2011 <Web >

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