The best vegan mayonnaise brands for your sandwiches and salads!
I think one of the first vegan pantry items I bought was mayonnaise, and back then, I didn’t know much about the different vegan mayonnaise brands available out there. Today, I can say I’ve honestly tried four or five brands, and three of them make perfect substitutes for regular mayo in your recipes.
Links to the information on this page:
- 1 What’s with the names of these vegan mayo brands?
- 2 My first experience with vegan mayonnaise brands: Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
- 3 Vegan mayonnaise brands making headlines: Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo
- 4 A big name adds its product to the vegan mayo brands: Hellmann’s
- 5 Not your best vegan mayonnaise: Spectrum
What’s with the names of these vegan mayo brands?
Vegenaise? Just Mayo? Dressing and sandwich spread?
You will not find a vegan product with “mayonnaise” on its label. That’s because there’s been a bit of fighting about reserving the term “mayonnaise” for a product containing eggs.
However, my experience testing these products have convinced me that you can enjoy the taste of mayonnaise while buying quality, 100% plant-based products that leave the eggs, and the cruelty, out of the mayo!
My first experience with vegan mayonnaise brands: Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
The very first vegan mayo I tried was the Follow Your Heart Vegenaise, Original version. I’ve bought it many times since, and it’s always done the job.
You can buy Vegenaise online in its Original version, or in these other variations:
The color of the mayo is a bit whiter than you’d expect, and its consistency is also a bit more solid. This doesn’t prevent it from being spreadable as well as mixing without problems with other ingredients to make potato salad, for example.
To this day, Follow Your Heart Vegenaise remains my go-to vegan mayo brand.
Vegan mayonnaise brands making headlines: Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo
The Just Mayo vegan mayonnaise got a lot of press in the last few years because of a lawsuit launched by Unilever against Hampton Creek, the San Francisco based company that makes the eggless mayonnaise.
Fortunately for us, Unilever had to drop its lawsuit.
That’s because the Just Mayo product is probably the best vegan mayonnaise out there.
It’s soy-free, gluten-free, based instead of eggs on a type of yellow split-pea. You can get Just Mayo in its original flavor, but it also comes in garlic, chipotle, or sriracha flavors.
The Hampton Creek mayo has the silky texture of regular mayonnaise and also its light yellow color. It spreads wonderfully in sandwiches and my boyfriend prefers this brand to all the other vegan mayonnaise brands on the market. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find in stores, but we have no problem ordering it online!
A big name adds its product to the vegan mayo brands: Hellmann’s
When you can’t beat them, join them!
Hellmann’s didn’t win its lawsuit against Hampton Creek, so it decided to launch its own vegan mayo. Obviously, they didn’t call it mayonnaise, or not even mayo, but a “dressing and sandwich spread”. Between you and I, this is mayo.
I didn’t even want to try the product when it first came out, not after all the fuss they made about Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo. But a few weeks ago, the product was half price at our local grocery store, so we decided to give it a try.
And it’s not bad. Not bad at all. As far as texture is concerned, it’s closer to Just Mayo than Vegenaise. But the taste is, yet again, very similar to that of regular mayonnaise.
The Hellman’s vegan mayo is soy based, but gluten free and non-GMO.
I wonder how this product will do over time. Hardcore vegans, out of principle, will probably avoid it. Honestly, when vegan options become good sellers at non-vegan companies, I feel it also sends a message.
Not your best vegan mayonnaise: Spectrum
Not all vegan mayos are palatable, some are just awful. That’s the case for Spectrum vegan mayo. Made with canola oil, this product is uneven, sometimes watery, sometimes too thick and pasty. We found that it had a bit of an aftertaste of plastic, something you do not want from any vegan product you’ll add to your sandwiches and salads.
There are probably many other vegan mayonnaise brands on the market, have you tried any that you’d recommend? Feel free to leave me a comment about it below.