It took me two months to finally write this review … well over a month has passed since our first finished jar, several weeks have passed since our second finished (jumbo) jar … yes, it seems when I find a new favorite, consuming rather than writing becomes the first thing on my mind.
I will start this review with a quick primer. There are four varieties of Vegenaise, Original, Organic, Expeller Pressed, and Grapeseed. I chose the Grapeseed as I prefer using grapeseed oil to canola oil (Original, and Expeller Pressed) and try to limit the soy in our diet (Organic). There is a bit of soy protein in the Grapeseed version, but it was a ways down the ingredient list, which I have included below.
While I rarely have cravings for mayonnaise, it is a nice creamy replacement that is almost always dairy-free. I (used to) keep a jar on hand for emergencies, but since my husband and I were trialing the vegan diet, Vegenaise seemed like an interesting product to try.
As for the look, it had a very slight greenish/gray tint to distinguish it from traditional mayo (no doubt the tinge of the grapeseed oil). The consistency was perfect, thick, creamy, spreadable, and remarkably like the egg-based competitor.
The taste was also pretty impressive. While I could tell that it was slightly different from regular mayo, it was in some ways incredibly alike. Really, oddly enough, I actually liked it better! It had a fresher taste. Amazingly, my carnivorous husband also loved it. I began using it to make creamy salad dressings for pasta salads and greens … just adding a touch of rice milk to thin it, and the herbs and spices that served our mood. The Lemony Dill seasoning from Vegetarian Express turned out to be a real winning combination. Soon, my husband was requesting Vegenaise dressings, and said that I didn’t need to buy those other salad dressings anymore. Here it is in action …
Seriously, we are now addicted. Egg-based mayo and bottled salad dressings are out … Vegenaise is in! Who would have known?
My Extra Notes:
- Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, purified water, apple cider vinegar, brown rice syrup, soy protein, sea salt, lemon juice, mustard.
- Vegenaise comes in two sizes: a good-sized smaller jar and what I refer to as the jumbo size (32 ounces). The jumbo size goes for just over $4 at my local natural food store (while the smaller is just under $4) … a real deal for how long it lasts and how much salad dressing it can make!
Where to Purchase: Vegenaise is sold in the refrigerated section; so don’t look for it next to the other mayos on the shelf. In large grocery stores, don’t overlook the mini-fridge often found hiding in the natural food aisles. Oh yes and you can also buy Vegenaise direct from the Follow Your Heart website. Recently, we noticed a little snafu with their website, if you have any difficulties, contact them directly at (818) 725-2820 or info@FollowYourHeart.com.