Mayonnaise alternative?

topic posted Tue, July 25, 2006 - 9:23 AM by  Feiruz
Hi folks,

I was reading some of the wonderful suggestions you have provided. I especially like the thought of Vixxen's Chicken Salad but I really don't like mayonnaise.

So, I was hoping you all had some (preferably healthier) alternative to mayonnaise.... something you can add to Chicken or Tuna or other salads.


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  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Tue, July 25, 2006 - 10:03 AM
    i use yogurt in my coleslaw and people LOVE it. they always say "it doesn't taste so rich, but it's still creamy and tart - what's in it?" i've had people who hate coleslaw like mine because it's not full of mayo.
  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Tue, July 25, 2006 - 10:06 AM
    I agree ... yogurt is a great substitute, especially since it has so many health benefits!

    In fact, i just got a recipe from Food TV for a Curried Chicken Salad that uses plain lowfat yogurt.
    • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

      Tue, July 25, 2006 - 10:16 AM
      Mayo substitutes/alternatives? Whipped cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, ranch or Caesar salad dressing, cottage cheese, either small curd or blended into a more ricotta-type texture (works *so* well for lasagnas!), yep, definitely yogurt, sour cream, ummmm, still thinking . . . nope, that's all I've got for now. I hope you find something that you really end up loving!
  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Tue, July 25, 2006 - 10:16 AM
    I like using other types of salad dressings in tuna and chicken salad. Anne's Poppyseed dressing is awesome in tuna salad, I also like most vinegarettes, you could even make your own vinegarette with some olive oil, vinegar and spices. It isn't the creamy that is mayo, but it adds a different dimension to tuna salad and tastes great!
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    Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Tue, July 25, 2006 - 11:18 AM

    In my experience, a lot of people who don't like mayonnaise find it fine in smaller quantities, or mixed with other things. The true hatred seems to be toward over-doing it.

    In my tuna, egg, tomato salad, I use one part each olive oil, vinegar, mayonnaise.

    In my artichoke dip, I use half sour cream, half mayonnaise.

    So you might also try lessening the amount, or mixing with other sauces and dressings. I hope you have fun experimenting!
    • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

      Tue, July 25, 2006 - 8:35 PM
      yes, stephanie, i was subjected to large amouts of slimy mayo on sammiches as a child.

      actually, it wasn't even mayo, it was the dreaded 'dressing' mayo substitute, because it was cheaper (i believe it's miracle whip?)

      nice idea of cutting the mayo with other things such as the sour cream....
  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Tue, July 25, 2006 - 12:28 PM
    If you want to really try something different, mix the chicken or tuna with a sun dried tomato pesto- yum!

    Other alternatives-

    regular pesto
    salsa and sour cream
    fancy hummus
  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Wed, July 26, 2006 - 8:24 AM
    I actually love mayo, but I recognize the need for other "dressings" ;)


    Also, We sometimes use Veganaise, which is not quite as slimy

    or you could make your own by using a combination of soft silken tofu, maybe a splish of soymilk and an acid (lemon juice, vinegar, etc) mixed with some herbs and salts?
    • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

      Wed, July 26, 2006 - 10:39 AM
      I like mayo too - particularly "kewpie" brand. It's Japanese and it's what most Japanese restaurants use for their sushi mixes (example - spicy tuna rolls). It's a darker yellow, is much creamier than American mayo (which seems gelatinous to me), and I put it in anything that calls for mayo. Some people are turned off by the "bottle" - it's more like a squishy bag with a top that only stand up when it's full.
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      Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

      Thu, July 27, 2006 - 2:10 PM
      does anyone know if there is a brand of mayo that dose'nt contain EDTA - cancer causing chemical that they use as a preservative??
      I'm too lazy to make it from scratch
      • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

        Thu, July 27, 2006 - 3:01 PM
        i don't know if there's a brand....but if you've got a good organic/health food store in your area, perhaps they carry a brand that is edta free....

        that kewpie brand listed below might also be edta free (or not....the lovely pickled ginger slices that go with sushi are treated with aspartame ;-/)
  • Re: Mayonnaise alternative?

    Wed, July 26, 2006 - 9:58 AM

    I prefer the healthier Safflower Mayo too, but you could water
    it down with Yogurt or Sour Cream. You do need something
    to help it all stick together and seem creamy, but I think
    yogurt would work well. Hope you like it!


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