Don't Call It A Comeback

I get it - mayonnaise isn’t exactly considered a ‘health food.’ But with the proliferation of paleo and whole-30 type diets, things are definitely starting to change.  Nothing new for mayo; this often-misunderstood condiment used to be a kitchen staple and was always homemade. While it’s a simple formula of eggs, oil, and lemon juice (see my easy recipe HERE) – pretty innocent foods, depending on the source – it is a high-fat food. One tablespoon contains around 10 grams of fat.

The good news? As mentioned previously, I recommend that you make mayonnaise at home – with avocado oil, olive oil, or even bacon grease – you can make those 10 grams of fat count by making sure they are ‘good’ fats. 

So, now that I’ve convinced you about the virtues of making your own mayo, what to do with all of that homemade goodness? Here are some ideas...

  1. Use as you would regular mayo, but with a better burst of flavor; lobster rolls, potato salad, as a topping for elote (Mexican street corn), etc.
  2. Add some herbs and make a dip for raw veggies. 
  3. Add turmeric, cumin, coriander, and a dash of cayenne and lime; pour it over roasted or steamed cauliflower as a sauce.
  4. Use in cooking in place of butter; if you’ve never had grilled cheese sandwiches made with mayo instead of butter, trust me on this one. 
  5. Thinly slice cooked chicken or turkey breast and sandwich together with fillings and homemade mayo.
  6. Put on collard green leaf and roll finely sliced salad ingredients up in it
  7. Add finely chopped mint, fresh coriander, or grated turmeric for an extra twist. 
  8. Make pumpkin soup and garnish it with mayo instead of yogurt. 
  9. BBQ some lamb or beef kebabs and serve on the side mixed with loads of crushed garlic in mayo paste.
  10. Add freshly grated Japanese wasabi paste kick up the heat and use as a garnish for grilled steak or vegetables.