8 Delicious Alternatives to Mayo

8 Delicious Alternatives to Mayo

With just a few ingredients, you can whip up tasty dips, spreads, and dressings.


By Lorraine Allen

Mayo is a great thing: It keeps sandwiches from tasting dry, and it adds a delicious creaminess to dips, uncooked sauces, and dressings, too. But it has a reputation for being pretty unhealthy -- what with all those calories and fat. And because my husband and daughter both are allergic to eggs, we can’t have mayo in our house anyway. Luckily, there are countless ways to make substitutes with some quick, easy tricks and healthy, flavorful, fresh ingredients. Here, several delightful mayo alternatives.

Avocado and lime spread and dressing: Avocado is a heart-healthy food loaded with nutrients, and because of its wonderful mild flavor, it’s not just a crowd-pleaser, it’s a kid-favorite, too! Mash up or blend a couple of avocadoes with the juice of one lime, a drizzle of olive oil (or avocado oil, if you have some), and season with salt and pepper. This creamy, delicious mayo substitute tastes amazing on sandwiches and burgers (including fish or veggie burgers). If you add a little extra olive oil and lime, and use half of the avocado, you’ll have a fantastic salad dressing or sauce you can drizzle over chicken or fish.

Cucumber and herb yogurt dip or dressing: If you want creamy, you’ll get it with this winning mayo substitute. Simply mix together plain Greek yogurt -- about 1 ½-2 cups -- with a peeled grated cucumber, a minced garlic clove, and fresh chopped herbs like chives, mint, and parsley. You can sub in sour cream for half of the yogurt for an even creamier, richer, more flavorful dip to serve with hot pita bread and raw crunchy veggies like carrots, celery, radishes, and peppers.

For a zesty, creamy herb dressing that goes well with grilled veggies, meat kebobs, or tossed salad, use just ¼ cup of plain yogurt (or sour cream) and blend well with ¼ cup of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon, and the herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Creamy mustard dressing and spread: This also works well as a mayo alternative on sandwiches and grilled veggies, or in a tossed salad. Whisk together 2 teaspoons of mustard (any kind – spicy, whole grain, honey, or plain, depending on your preference), together with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil, and one tablespoon of heavy cream. This packs such a serious flavor punch, you won’t miss that bland mayo -- trust me!

Garlic and fresh herb spread or sauce: This mayo alternative is perfect for sandwiches like roast beef, grilled eggplant, or mozzarella cheese with prosciutto or roasted peppers. To make: Mince one large garlic clove together with a bunch of fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, and cilantro. Add a drizzle of good oil, and a tiny splash of red wine vinegar, and blend well into a paste. Then, season to taste with salt and pepper.

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If you want to serve it with grilled or roasted fish or meat (like a pork loin, chops, or even whole fish, as a meal entrée), then add a little more oil and vinegar so that it can be drizzled instead of spread.

What easy, delicious mayo alternatives do you use?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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