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Vegan Mayo

This delicious vegan mayo contains just 6 ingredients (not including salt and water) and takes only minutes to make. It is rich, creamy, tangy, and yet dairy-free, egg-free, and can even be made oil-free!
Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine French, Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (110 g) cashews soaked
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) silken tofu or vegan cream cheese (*see notes)
  • 1 tbsp oil optional (*see notes)
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar of choice
  • 1 pinch of Kala Namak optional (*see notes)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water (*see notes)

Instructions

  • Start by soaking cashews in very hot water for at least 30 minutes until softened. You can also soak them overnight.
  • Drain and rinse soaked cashews, transfer them to a blender, and add all other ingredients. Blend until completely smooth and lump-free, scraping down the sides of the blender a couple of times, if needed. Try it and add more salt/vinegar/mustard to taste.
  • Transfer to a sealed container and either serve immediately or chill in the fridge for a few hours. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Tofu: I used firm silken tofu, however, if you have a soy allergy, you can use soy-free, vegan cream cheese, e.g.: Miyoko's Vegan Cream Cheese or Daiya Cream Cheeze.
  • You could also leave out the silken tofu (or cream cheese) and increase the amount of cashews to 1 cup (150 g). Then you will need to use more water (up to 1/2 cup).
  • Oil: It will make the mayo a little more "silky" but leave it out for an oil-free vegan mayo.
  • Kala Namak: Also known as black salt. It will add an "eggy taste" to the mayo, however, you can leave it out.
  • Water: If using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix you can most likely use a little less water. And if using a food processor you might need to use a little more water.
  • Sugar: Use Erythritol for a sugar-free version or omit the sugar entirely if preferred.
  • For a nut-free version, you could try to use soaked sunflower seeds. This isn’t something I’ve tried, but I’ve swapped cashew and sunflower seeds previously with great results.
  • The total time doesn't include the soaking time.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mayo
Amount Per Serving (1.5 tbsp)
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.