Mayo seems daunting to make, I get it! But it can be a budget game-changer. Often people will say, “I don’t eat much mayo,” but I use it to make tuna and chicken salad #cheapproteinoptions, as well as use it as a base for three inexpensive #whole30compliant dressings.
I tried for about a year to get consistent mayo with a blender or mixer. It’s possible, but I still had it not turn out half the time. Spending the $15-20 to get an immersion blender was absolutely worth it for me and finally, I was able to make mayo consistently, wahoo! Please pay attention to the specifics of this simple recipe – they will make a difference in ensuring that mayo turns out!
Making your mayo is basically a super hero skill. I would bring my local 1:1 clients into my kitchen and walk them through it – they were always amazed at how easy it really is and wished they had tried it sooner. You’ve got this!
5-minute Whole30 Mayo
- 1 egg
- 1 cup light tasting olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 squirt mustard (about a teaspoon)
- Immersion Blender*
NOTE: For the emulsification to happen, the jar you do it in has to be just bigger than the head of your immersion blender. Many blenders now come with such a jar, otherwise a wide-mouth mason jar has worked well for me.
First crack the egg into the jar, it's important the egg is on the bottom. Then, pour the remaining ingredients into the jar. Let the ingredients settle for a minute or two.
Put the head of the immersion blender in the jar of ingredients, waiting a moment to let ingredients separate after doing so.
Holding blender down at the bottom of the jar right on top of the egg yolk, turn on blender (on high if your blender has speeds). Don't move the blender for 10-15 seconds! Once the white creamy mayo has formed halfway up the mixture, slowly pull blender up towards the top of the jar. Move blender up and down through the jar a few times slowly. And voila!
*You have to have an immersion blender for this mayo. But, I have never had this mayo not turn out while using an immersion blender...but totally have failed multiple batches just using a mixer. The immersion blender only costs about $15-20 at Walmart or on Amazon and is worth the investment!
This ends up being about $2/cup (depending largely on the price of your olive oil), whereas the store-bought Primal Kitchen Whole30 mayo (which is delicious but pricey!) is usually around $6-7/cup. That’s a big difference!
Mayo still turned out soupy? Wait a few hours and let it separate and try again. You can also try adding another egg yolk and mixing again, in the same manner with the blender on top of the yolk as mentioned above.