Ultra creamy vegan mayo made in 5 minutes flat! Tastes better than the real thing, with no oil or eggs. Perfect for sandwiches, chickpea tuna, potato salad, coleslaw, burgers or salad dressings.

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My go-to recipe for vegan mayo that is ultra creamy and thick with the right amount of tang. Perfect anywhere you would typically use mayo. It’s really easy to make, too!

With just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes and a blender, you will have healthy vegan mayo ready for the week. Let me show you how!

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How to make vegan mayo with cashews:

The most important thing you need is a high powered, quality blender, such as a Vitamix. I’ve said it before, but if there is one thing I couldn’t live without it’s my Vitamix! It’s so powerful it can turn raw cashews and other nuts into creamy sauces/cheeses/soups with absolutely no dairy. Don’t try to make this mayo in a regular blender or food processor; it will be grainy instead of smooth.

Allergic to cashews? Try my tofu mayo instead.

On to the recipe. First, soak your raw cashews (cashew pieces are fine, and often a little cheaper). I place the cashews (1 1/2 cups) in a 2-cup measuring dish, then heat water in my tea kettle and pour it over them once boiling. Let them soak for about 5 minutes, longer is just fine if you forget about them for awhile!

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Now, drain the soaked cashews and discard the water. Add them to a blender, along with the 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 cup water.

ingredients for vegan mayo in a blender, before blending.

Blend on high until very smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides down once or twice if needed.

ingredients for vegan mayo in blender, smooth.

How to thicken vegan mayo:

This mayo will thicken up quite a bit as it chills in the refrigerator, making it perfect for spreading on sandwiches. So all you have to do is pour the mayo from the blender to a covered container (glass preferred) and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. You will have a much thicker consistency then.

A covered glass container is best for flavor and I find it helps it save longer. Mason jars work well, or I love these glass meal prep containers. I use them for everything!

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Vegan Mayo

Ultra creamy vegan mayo made in 5 minutes flat! Tastes better than the real thing, with no oil or eggs. Perfect for sandwiches, chickpea tuna, potato salad or dressings.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice | about 1 large lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions 

  • Soak the raw cashew pieces in hot water for 5-10 minutes. I heat up water in my electric kettle and pour it over the cashews to soak.
  • Drain the cashews, discard the water and add them to a high powered blender. Now add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and 3/4 cup fresh water. Blend until very smooth.
  • Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It will thicken as it cools, making it better for spreading on sandwiches. 

Notes

  1. If you are allergic to cashews, I would suggest using this recipe for Tofu Mayo instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. Aloha it is yummy but…the consistency is a lil off (didn’t add acv b/c of a comment). It reminds me of cashew cheese not mayo! Still yummy but not a mayo ✊

  2. I couldnt live without my Vitamix either …Ive owned it for years and so far no problems or repairs!
    I look at different recipes and this is a good one….cant live without cashews either.
    and besides health as number one with the plant based diet it doesnt hurt to look twenty years younger than most…and the animals love me too!

    1. One serving is around 2 tablespoons, but I don’t know for sure, if you divide it by 12 you will know for certain. Hope you enjoy them both!

  3. Love-me some oil-free mayonnaise! So easy and delicious (AND nutritious!) This is one site that I can turn to that I always know will have great recipes that always turn out. Thank-you for making Veganism Do-able ?

    1. Hi Sue. You are welcome! I’m so glad that you are loving my recipes! Thanks for your positive feedback and review! Wishing you lots of happy cooking!

  4. can you use roasted chestnuts?  I don’t have apple cider vinegar, what can I substitute?  Is apple cider vinegar the same?  Thank you

    1. I haven’t tried it with roasted chestnuts but I’m sure they will work just fine. Use white vinegar or lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar.

      1. I just made this vegan mayo for a dairy free gluten free Hawaiian macaroni salad. It was amazing and looks exactly like mayo with a better flavor than regular mayo.

  5. What if doesn’t blend to smooth.? I have a Ninja Professional blender. Is hat not strong enough t make this smooth?

    1. Hi Wendy, I haven’t personally used a Ninja blender, but I’ve had comments before of folks struggling to get cashew based recipes super smooth with a Ninja. You need a powerful enough blender to cream the cashews super smooth. I know Vitamix and Blend Tec work, but I don’t know about others.

  6. Shalom. Thank you for this recipe. We make and use it now. Tastes really good. Sometimes we add some macadamia nuts to it.

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