Review: Vegenaise (Vegan Mayonnaise)
I love trying vegan alternatives to dairy products and I’m usually not too impressed with them. Veganaise, however, passed my test and it works well in several types of dishes and recipes.When I first saw this on the shelves at my local health food store a couple years ago, I just had to try it. A vegan alternative to mayonnaise? I know mayonnaise isn’t a healthy condiment to begin with, but I do love me some mayo on my sandwiches, in salad dressings and in dips. So I just had to try it and hope that it would be good so I could replace my naughty mayo for something a bit less naughty.
Vegenaise is gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free and made of non-GMO ingredients. That’s great and all, but if it’s free of all those things, how can it not also be taste free, I wondered? And then I opened my first jar of it. Not only does it smell very close to the real thing, it actually tastes almost like regular mayo. In other words, it’s a very close replacement for what most people think mayo should taste like. And it tastes good.
I started using it in everything that called for mayo and no one that I served it to had any idea I wasn’t using regular mayonnaise. So it passed both my taste test and my “can I trick my friends and boyfriend” test! Just in case you’re wondering, here is the list of ingredients in Vegenaise: Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Soy Protein, Sea Salt, Mustard Flour, Lemon Juice Concentrate.
Since the original Vegenaise came out a few years ago, they have since come out with additional versions of the original one including soy free, organic, grapeseed oil, and reduced fat as well as flavored Vegenaise such as roasted garlic, pesto, chipotle, BBQ, horseradish sauce and tartar sauce. They also have vegan spreads, shredded “cheese” and salad dressings. I have a lot to try and will report back as I try them. If they’re other vegan replacements are as good as their Vegenaise, then they’re on the right track making it easier for vegans to find palatable replacements for dairy products.
Plus: Tasted good and no one could tell it wasn’t regular mayonnaise.
Minus: There really aren’t any minuses for me. Just remember, mayo in any form isn’t actually healthy for us, so don’t think that just because it’s in the health section, you can go crazy with it!