Mayonnaise is a creamy, white spread that originated in France and is typically made with eggs. It’s both a staple in any sandwich-making task and the base for plenty of recipes, including salad dressings, thickening recipes, and potato salads. If you’re of the European variety, you’re likely to have grown up dipping fries into it, too (and if you’re not, you should try it).
Mayo is pretty easy to make vegan; it’s easy to get the right consistency and flavor with all-vegan ingredients if you make it yourself. However, if you’re not so handy, you might want to buy your mayo instead. Happily, there are a few brands on the market that make explicitly vegan, thick, creamy, delicious mayonnaise. You can find these both in health stores and online.
If you’re not tempted by these options, it’s also good to note that many low-fat mayonnaise options are vegan. Because eggs are both expensive and calorific, both cheaper products and products for the diet market can be found accidentally vegan, substituting the eggs for vinegar. You’re sure to be able to find a vegan mayonnaise at your supermarket – though, it should be noted, these vinegar-based mayos are unlikely to hold a candle to the full-fat mayonnaise you might be used to. A good vegan option is a better choice if you demand quality in your condiments.
Just, formerly known as Hampton Creek, is a fully vegan range that is famous for its Just Mayo. Amazon has both old flavors, which have packaging from before the name-change, and the new flavors from the brand’s range. The two mayo flavors that come in old packaging are the classic Mayo and Truffle flavored mayo, while the four new flavors are Chipotle, Sriracha, Garlic, and Awesomesauce.
GranoVita has a giant range of vegan products, including meat substitutes. They have one mayonnaise on offer: Mayola.
NUCO is a brand that specializes in oils, and they’ve released a vegan mayo that’s made of coconut oil and avocado oil and is likely to be a little healthier than standard vegan mayonnaises: their Coconut Vegan Mayo.
There are three prime vegan mayonnaise brands on the super market shelves: Earth Balance, Follow Your Heart, and Just. These three brands have essentially cornered the vegan mayonnaise market with their popular and delicious choices. Use the store locators on your websites to see if they are available near you!
Earth Balance is probably best known for its non-dairy margarine, which was one of the first and remains one of the most popular of its kind on the market. It has three different flavors of mayonnaise available: Original, Organic, and Olive Oil. Earth Balance as a brand is pretty widely found, typically at health food stores or Whole Foods, so keep an eye out during your shops there.
Follow Your Heart offers Vegenaise, which is one of the most popular vegan mayonnaises on the market. It comes in five flavors: Original, Soy-Free, Organic, Grapeseed Oil, and Reduced Fat. This is one of the brands that makes it almost impossible to miss classically-made mayonnaise; it’s just as creamy and versatile as the real thing.
Finally, Just (formerly known as Hampton Creek) is the brand behind Just Mayo, another massively successful vegan mayonnaise option. It comes in six flavors: Mayo, Truffle, Chipotle, Sriracha, Garlic, and Awesomesauce.
Unfortunately, Nayonaise, which was a popular vegan mayonnaise, is no longer available to purchase. We’re not sure if it’s going to be reintroduced to the market, or whether brand Nasoya has discontinued it entirely.
Remember, you can always look to cheaper and low-fat mayonnaise brands at your regular supermarket, as these are likely to replace eggs with vinegar and so can often be vegan. However, if you’re picky about having thick, creamy mayo, then this probably isn’t a good bet for you.
Vegan mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make at home – you just need oil, instead of eggs, which can make it much cheaper too. You can choose to make it slightly lighter and fancier with aquafaba – the brine that’s left over when you drain chickpeas from a can – or follow this super simple recipe, which takes only five minutes and a blender.
The best thing about making your own mayonnaise is that you can change it to make it exactly how you like – add flavorings, change the texture to make it thicker or thinner, whatever you like!
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.