Vegan mayonnaise is not something you’d imagine possible, considering one of the most important ingredients in creating this silky accompaniment to chips are eggs. As the supermarkets have become more vegan-friendly, it seems many producers have decided to attempt to recreate this classic condiment for those who avoid eggs and/or have an allergy. We decided to road test some of those we’ve encountered to help you choose the best ones out there. This list is not exhaustive.
Sacla Vegan Mayo, available in most supermarkets nationwide
Usually found amongst the Free From products in your local supermarket, Sacla have recently launched this egg-free mayo onto the market. As well as being vegan, this is also gluten free and has a creamy texture.
Using potato protein, as well as a host of other ingredients, Sacla have created a remarkably realistic taste. Perfect for dipping and loading onto sandwiches, I’m sure this will be flying off the shelves.
Vegenaise, available in vegan stores and Sainsbury’s nationwide
Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise was the first vegan mayo I tried and I was genuinely shocked at how good it was! As someone not fond of eggs before my transition I found some overly ‘eggy’ and overpowering. The flavour was much lighter than standard mayonnaise, which made me wonder why this egg-free version wasn’t widely available.
Selected Sainsbury’s stores are now selling the brand, which I hope means more people will have the opportunity to switch to this fantastic alternative. By far my favourite, it has to be said.
One of the cheapest mayo substitutes, Tesco’s Free From version retails at just £1.50. Its squeezy dispenser makes it perfect for loading onto your burgers and chips. It has a slightly sharper taste compared to others, although this hasn’t deterred us in purchasing it again as Tesco is our ‘go to’ supermarket.
Mr Organic Egg Free and Organic Mayo, available at Holland & Barrett
Also available in Garlic flavour, I was introduced to this thick and creamy mayonnaise at local restaurant Cal’s Own. Impressed by how realistic it is, we felt it had to be featured in this post because the ingredients are also organically sourced.
Plamil Egg Free Mayo, available from vegan and health stores nationwide
Plamil Egg Free Mayo is almost like the ‘real deal’, only made from a blend of cold-pressed sunflower oil, water and soya. I personally don’t find it as creamy or thick as Vegenaise, and I feel the vinegar is more noticeable than in other varieties.
Really Not Dairy Mayo, available from selected vegan stores and online retailers
Another budget buy compared to others on the market, Really Not Dairy’s egg-free substitute is made with rapeseed oil and has a handy squeezy container. It is a lot lighter than others we’ve featured, so those not keen on thick mayonnaise will probably prefer it to the likes of Vegenaise.
Flying Goose Sriracha Mayo, available from Tesco and Aldi
Mayonnaise with a kick! A little of this fiery egg-free mayo goes a long way. A wonderful example of an accidentally vegan product that many will buy not knowing its cruelty free credentials. Usually housed in the World Food aisle, this has become a regular topper to our meat-free burgers when we’ve fancied something a little spicy.
Chippa Gluten Free Mayo, available at Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets
As well as being gluten free, Chippa Mayo is also egg and dairy free too. I feel this is probably the weakest of those we’ve tried and is noticeably different in terms of its taste and texture. While Vegenaise could potentially ‘trick’ non-vegans, Chippa would not. I want mayo alternatives which are as good as the egg varieties and unfortunately this does not make the grade.
Granovita Mayola, available from Ethical Superstore and other online retailers
In my opinion, Granovita’s Mayola is somewhere between the consistency of mayonnaise and salad cream. It has a bit of a tangy taste compared to some of the other alternatives, which lends itself better to using as a base for recipes like Chickpea Tuna rather than a condiment for dipping your chips into.
Thanks for reading,