Mayo seems like an absolute necessity in many people’s diets, but unfortunately, there are 2 common ingredients in the store-bought versions that instantly rule it out as being Paleo. Those beings; soybean and sugar. It is unfortunately because the other ingredients are fairly natural – lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, eggs are some of the most common. However, there are many other reasons as to why store-bought mayonnaise isn’t permitted on the Paleo diet. So, steer clear of that gooey stuff and quickly whip up the following concoctions to satisfying that bite.
While one may argue that greek yogurt isn’t 100% Paleo, many people are okay with enjoying it on the Paleo diet because it’s health benefits are prominent. After all, the Paleo diet isn’t only about eating what could be hunted and gathered but also what is extremely healthy and beneficial for you. So, technically, greek yogurt isn’t Paleo because it’s dairy. Healthily, it is on point with the Paleo. With that said, this versatile substance isn’t one that you want to miss out on, especially when trying to find substitutions for mayo. One tablespoon has a good amount of protein and calcium, and can instantly be mixed in with some egg and oil to create a home-made mayo, or you can substitute it in as-is.
Healthy oils are always excellent for substitutions, and olive oil is one of the most versatile. This Mediterranean diet staple is full of heart-healthy benefits and this is contributed to it’s high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids – the good kinds of fats. While you can certainly add olive oil in with other products such as eggs and spices, you can also use it as is on a salad dish, or as a dressing.
You may not have the actually grind a mustard seed, because mustard seems to be one of those condiments that is Paleo friendly. Store purchased items may contain preservatives and ingredients that aren’t the healthiest, but again, when enjoyed in moderation, many Paleo dieters are okay with this substance. The healthier option tends to be Dijon mustard, but you can also take mustard ground mustard and mix it with oils to create a mayo concoction which seems to be the most Paleo of them all.
Combination of Oil, Yolks & Lemon
One of the most popular combinations of ingredients include olive oil, egg yolks and lemon. It takes seconds to prepare and tastes a little more like mustard than it does mayo but it’s an excellent substitution. With 2 large egg yolks, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and 1 cup oil, you are whisking your way into a home-made mayo phenomenon. Since you probably associated mayo with white, don’t be deterred by the yellow hue.
These are all excellent options that have significant differences in regards to taste. So, explore your palate and discover which one triggers your taste buds.