Healthy Mayonnaise – With Flavor Options

Mayonnaise is a popular condiment.  Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce often used on sandwiches, in salads and in sauces.  It is traditionally an emulsion of oil, egg yolks and vinegar with a dash of lemon juice.  There are many variations of mayonnaise ranging from mustard flavored to ranch flavored.  While mayonnaise can elevate the creaminess of a dish, it is far from being a healthy food additive.

I once used mayonnaise quite often but after I started becoming more health aware, I knew that mayonnaise was not longer something that I should be having as often.  I wanted to find a healthier alternative to traditional mayonnaise.  My first thought of mayonnaise substitute was Greek style yogurt.  Greek style yogurt has a very similar texture to mayonnaise. Furthermore, it also provides the same level of creaminess but without the extra calories, fat and cholesterol.   As an added bonus Greek style yogurt is higher in protein than mayonnaise so you can feel good about using it in your favorite dishes.

This healthy mayonnaise recipe has no oil or eggs so it is lighter and healthier than traditional mayonnaise.  It is sugar free and the flavor can be altered to fit your particular tastes.  This mayonnaise can be used the same way traditional mayonnaise is used and stores easily in the refrigerator.

The recipe below creates just over 2 cups of healthy mayonnaise.  You can double the recipe to fit your particular needs.  Below the original recipe I have included some flavor variations options.

Healthy Mayonnaise 

2 cups non-fat Greek style yogurt

3 tablespoons apple or white vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

A dash of pure Stevia extract (or 1 tablespoon cane sugar or coconut sugar)

A dash of lemon juice

Optional: 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

In a medium sized bowl add all the ingredients listed above. Mix the ingredients well. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Below is a list of flavored mayonnaise alternatives.

For an avocado mayonnaise add half an avocado (well mashed).

For a spicy mayonnaise add more Dijon mustard or a dash of cayenne pepper.

For a sweet mayonnaise add a tablespoon of honey.

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