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Homemade Healthy Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise can be a surprisingly unhealthy food. Who hasn’t spent way too much time reading labels in the mayo aisle? And most of what you find in the store is full of processed soy products and unhealthy vegetable oils. It can be very hard to find a healthy mayonnaise without ordering online, spending a lot of money, and/or spending a lot of time hunting it down locally.

A far easier option is to make your own healthy mayonnaise.

Mayo can be a little intimidating at first. You may have heard stories of the “emulsion” coming apart, but it’s not difficult if you have an immersion blender. This recipe is written for an immersion blender, but you can also easily use a food processor. If you choose to make the mayo by hand, then you’re going to have to commit yourself to some serious whisking. (It is possible, but we’re serious about the serious whisking.)

We recommend using avocado oil for this recipe, but you can use any light-tasting oil. Keep in mind that you probably don’t want to use regular olive oil or any other strong oil as the mayo will take on that flavor and scent. Most of us naturally prefer a neutrally flavored mayonnaise.

Homemade Healthy Mayonnaise 

Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup avocado oil or other light-tasting olive oil
  • 1 egg (at room temperature—this is important)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard or dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Use your food processor or, if you’re using an immersion blender, find a tall glass or metal container. A mason jar can work quite well for this.
  2. Pour in the oil.
  3. Add the egg to the oil.
  4. Add mustard and salt.
  5. Let the ingredients settle for a little bit, like a minute.
  6. Put your immersion blender into the jar/container and make sure it goes all the way to the bottom.
  7. Run the immersion blender, without moving it around, for 20-30 seconds. You should see the mixture very quickly thicken and turn white.
  8. Run the immersion blender again, and this time move it around a bit to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed.
  9. Gently mix in the lemon juice to finish your mayo. Use more or less depending how tangy you prefer your mayonnaise.

Once you have this basic mayo down, then you can get creative. Garlic mayo? Wasabi mayo? Chipotle mayo? Throw a little bit in and experiment. The options are literally endless.

Note: where your food comes from matters. Whenever possible, choose organic ingredients and purchase responsibly raised animal products (i.e. grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, hormone-free dairy, etc.)

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