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Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 | 18 comments

Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise


Tofu and I have an on-again, off-again relationship…

Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

…right now we are on-again but taking things slow.

He is not invited to Thanksgiving dinner.


Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

Even the title of this recipe seems sooooo not me.  Not only am I conflicted about tofu, but I am about as far away from a vegan as you can get. (my last meal on earth would probably be a charcuterie plate, sans olives & heavy on the cheese & salamis….or a big ol’ pile of ribs.)  I actually wasn’t even sure what to call this recipe but at the end of the day, it is what it is…mayo.   Made in my home.  And as it’s made from tofu and not eggs, you can call it vegan.  Bonus points.

Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

I recall my first two “real” experiences with tofu. One was a tofu hot dog. Blech. (I will take unknown pork & beef parts any day.) And the other was Mr.’s attempt at subbing it for chicken in a stir fry, only he used soft tofu. Really blech. (sorry hun) But I have also had it done well.  Japanese cuisine seems to have it nailed and it can be a good protein burst to a smoothie.  Precious Little also quite loves dessert tofu. Soft, pudding like mango or banana. What’s not to love?

Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

This recipe came courtesy of worlds greatest gramma. There are a lot of variations on the web. Some use oil, some add seasonings. This was my third attempt and I like this one best. It’s a combination of many different ratios of sugar to salt to acid.  I think you have to play with it until you get the flavour you want.

Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

Now, just as these beets did not taste like beef, this is not exactly the same as mayo. (BUT I would ask you how often you are eating mayo straight out of the jar? Anything more than zero is probably concerning…) I did make tuna salad sammie’s with this version and me and Little couldn’t tell the difference.  Its tangy, but sweet and creamy enough to be an excellent binder for fish, eggs or just the glue that holds your arugula down.

Bottom line. Super low fat. Super clean. Super easy.

So tofu and I are on-again right now, and who knows, you just may see a tofurkey on my thanksgiving table this year…

Homemade Vegan Mayonaise by sixtyone45

… ya, probably not.


Homemade Vegan Mayonnaise

325g (11.5oz) Silken Tofu

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp mustard

1 and 1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp finely ground pepper

1.  Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

2.  For a slightly firmer texture, drain through a cheese cloth in the fridge for an hour before transferring to an airtight container.  This will also allow the flavours to come together a little more.

Note: You can store this for as long as you would keep an opened tofu container in the fridge. You may want to consider halfling the recipe if you don’t use a lot of mayo.




  1. Ok, in my defence that soft tofu was the one someone picked up at the supermarket. I am not a magician. And for the record, the Mayo rocks…couldn’t believe there was no eggs or oil in it. Really good!

  2. Hi. Gonna try this tomorrow – did you use the firm tofu in this recipe? Sorry if it’s mentioned already…

    Thanks 🙂


    • Hi Noor!! I did use firm. Never tried with soft but would be afraid it would be a bit too runny… Let me know how it worked for you! =)

  3. Quick question – did you use prepared mustard? Like yellow mustard? Sorry if this is a silly question 🙂

    • Hi! Great question! I should have indicated that in my post. Yes, I did use prepared mustard but you could sub a little dry mustard as well. It just needs like little kick. Hope you enjoy!

  4. i tried making vegan mayo from soy milk,lemon juice and olive never thickened..what happened??

    • Hi Pam, I have never tried to make it from soy milk, just straight tofu. Not sure if you could add a thickener but I will do some checking around to see. I have only had success with the more solid soy products like tofu. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hello,

    Thank you so much what a lovely recipe! The kids love it in their school sandwiches!
    I added a tsp of turmeric to give it a yellowish colour and as I used silken tofu I added agar agar (a bit over 1 tsp) to the mix. It gave it a perfect consistency after it set in the fridge 🙂

  6. This is great! I am building a community of vegans and would love for you to hop over and leave a recipe

  7. I made this mayo earlier this week and I am really impressed! It’s very flavorful and the texture is nice and creamy. Even the nonvegans in my house are using it instead of mayo and miracle whip!

  8. What would be a good substitute for the sugar?

    • Maybe you could try powdered stevia?

  9. How long do open tofu last after opening ?

    • hi! I use it within one week but I am on the conservative side for things like that. =)

  10. hi! Love seeing a recipe for vegan mayo. I was wondering, Does it taste more like mayonnaise or miracle whip? I have a preference to miracle whip. I’ve tried the veganaise brand before, I didn’t like the flavor.


    • Hi! I think more like mayonnaise. I personally find miracle whip sweet and this does not have the same sweetness as miracle whip (but it’s been a while) Thanks for stopping by!

  11. What a keeper. My family and I can’t believe how great this turned out. It replaces the very expensive brand name vegan mayo we were buying. Thank you very much for creating and sharing this fantastic recipe.

    • Hi! So happy it worked out! I think it is a great replacement too! Thanks for stopping by the site!

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