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Easy Vegan Mayo

Vegan Mayo is easy to make with only 6 ingredients – tofu, oil, lemon, vinegar, dijon & salt – and is ready in 2 minutes. It’s seriously the best mayo I’ve ever had – vegan or not – because it’s made fresh!

homemade vegan mayonnaise in a mason jar with butter knife ready to spread

Once you’ve had vegan mayo made from scratch, you’ll never want to buy store-bought again. It’s clean-tasting, healthy, and SO easy to make. Homemade vegan mayonnaise tastes luscious, fresh, and is so much better than store-bought!

I’ve never really cared for store-bought vegan mayos because of the oily aftertaste, and the list of ingredients never appealed to me. I’ve always opted to use a tahini-based, or hummus, binder in my recipes, so I’m thrilled to have finally put together a dairy-free mayo recipe that can be made fresh in minutes and passes my pickiness test.

Why We Love This Recipe!

  • Creamy, rich and thick
  • Eggless & dairy free
  • Fresh and clean tasting
  • Only 6 ingredients
  • Ready in 2 minutes
  • Super easy
  • Great anywhere mayo is called for!

Over the last few days, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed slathering this vegan mayo on a slice of No-Knead Bread with fresh tomatoes, leafy greens, avocado, salt & pepper. I can’t seem to get enough, and I know you’re going to LOVE this plant-based, eggless mayo too!

vegan mayonnaise ingredients prepped on a marble countertop

Ingredient Notes

In this recipe, tofu, oil, acid, and spices blend into a mellow, creamy spread, creating the perfect spread or base for dips and dressings.

Here is everything you’ll need, plus ideas for substituting ingredients:

  • Tofu: Only use silken or soft tofu, as they both blend up ultra silky smooth and creamy. Tofu has no flavor, is low-fat, and contains protein. It also binds well with the oil and doesn’t separate, making it ready to use anytime without additional stirring (although I do like to give a stir anyway before using). Seek out organic tofu whenever possible.
  • Oil: For best results, the trick is to use neutral-flavored oils such as – organic canola, safflower, or extra-light flavored olive oil. These days, my favorite oil for just about everything is extra light-tasting olive oil and it works great here! Regular olive oil, or even extra virgin, may have a stronger flavor, so keep that in mind.
  • Acid: Just as store-bought, we’ll be adding an acid in the way of vinegar and lemon juice. These are typically added to preserve freshness, among other reasons, and they taste good too! If you find you only have one acid on hand, you’ll be fine and still have a fantastic mayo, just add a smidge more of what you do have.
  • Spice: For an added layer of flavor, a little Dijon mustard will do the trick (it also aids in emulsifying as it contains small amounts of lecithin). And a good dose of mineral salt will round out the flavors perfectly. Tip: If you don’t care for Dijon, try onion powder – it’ll be just as tasty (and you’ll still have perfectly creamy mayo).
creamy vegan mayonnaise in the cup of a nutribullet, just blended

How To Make Vegan Mayo

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, you can whip up your vegan mayo in 1 of 3 ways:

  • Small Personal Blender: Simply add everything to the cup, attach the criss-cross blade and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute. And voila! This is my preferred method and love my NutriBullet (affiliate link) for small jobs like this!
  • Immersion Blender: Place the mayo ingredients into a 2-cup measuring cup, blender cup or tall straight glass (a mason jar would be great), place the immersion blender in and blend until creamy, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. This method was easy too, and made great mayo. I have and use this handheld stick blender (affiliate link), it’s great for pureeing soups too!
  • Regular Blender: Simply place the ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds – 1 minute, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Depending on the size of your blender, this may work best when doubling the recipe.

Tips For Success

  • Once mayo is blended, always taste for flavor. It shouldn’t be bland at all, but taste buds vary. Add a little more salt as needed.
  • It will be ready to use right away and will thicken more once refrigerated.
thick and creamy vegan mayo in a mason jar with knife on marble countertop

How Long Will Vegan Mayo Last?

Store your vegan mayonnaise in an airtight container, and it will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. It may last a little longer, but since it’s fresh and doesn’t have preservatives, be cautious by using sight and smell before tasting. If there is any mold or funny smell, throw it away.

creamy vegan mayonnaise spread on a slice of artisan bread and topped with a tomato on a white plate surrounded by leafy greens

Serving Suggestions

Vegan mayonnaise is extremely versatile and can be used anywhere mayo is called for. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this creamy condiment:

side shot of a slice of artisan bread topped with fresh vegan mayo, sliced tomato and avocado

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If you try this plant-based mayo or have a question, please let us know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you made.

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EASY VEGAN MAYO

Thick, luscious, and so easy to make, once you have tasted homemade vegan mayo, you’ll never want to bother with store-bought mayonnaise again!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 7 oz. organic tofu (silken or soft)
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (I used light flavored olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2 medium lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, + more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard

Instructions

Small Personal Blender: Simply add everything to the cup, attach the criss-cross blade, and blend for 1 minute. Taste for flavor. This is my preferred method and love my NutriBullet (affiliate link ) for small jobs like this!

Immersion Blender: Place the ingredients into a 2-cup measuring cup or tall straight glass (a mason jar would be great), and using the immersion blender, blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until creamy. Taste for flavor.

Regular Blender: This will work best when doubling this recipe. Simply place the ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Taste for flavor.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

If you don’t care for dijon, try adding 1/4 teaspoon onion powder.

If you don’t have both lemon and vinegar on hand, taste for flavor with the one ingredient you do have, adding a little more as needed, a teaspoon at a time.

To limit the oil, use 1/4 cup. Alternately, add more, if you prefer, up to 1/2 cup.

Add more salt as needed. The mayo should not be bland tasting, and if so, it can use more salt.

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23 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! I am new to the plant-based diet and was dreading giving up mayo. I used firm tofu and so had to add about 1 1/2 T water to get it to blend properly. Next time I’ll just try more juice or ACV. It is smooth and creamy and flavorful!

  2. Best homemade vegan mayo recipe I’ve ever made. Love the flavor. I used light olive oil and it was perfect.

  3. This was my first time making homemade mayo and it was perfect! Thank you so much!

  4. Love the recipe (among others that I have tried)! Thanks for the recipes and awesome website!

  5. Super easy and delicious better than vegan Hellman’s and healthy.

  6. Great! Used grape seed oil to make a curry mayo with this recipe. This will be a staple. Thanks!

  7. This was so good and I’m hooked on making my own now! Thanks

  8. Love this recipe! Successful every time. I made 1-2 batches a week for my family! Thank you for posting it :D

  9. Love this vegan mayo!

  10. Kathryn Brunken says:

    I made this and it is very good. I have been looking for a good recipe and I have found it at last.
    Thank you
    Kathryn

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