Vegan Lemonaise Copycat

Making your own vegan mayo is easy and inexpensive, and it tastes fantastic! I’ll share my recipe for basic mayo soon, but a few of the recipes I have coming up are better with this lemon version.

If you have never had Lemonaise, it is lemony, of course, but also a little bit garlicky and spicy. Store-bought Lemonaise is really good, but not vegan. You can make your own, though, with these ingredients:

A powerful immersion blender works better than a standard blender to make homemade vegan mayo. My immersion blender is not powerful, however, and overheats every time I use it to make mayo. My Ninja doesn’t work at all for mayo, and neither does a hand or a stand mixer. So, blender it is!

Add the aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas), lemon juice, mustard, Magickal Seasoning Blend (click the link for the recipe), granulated garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 cup of the oil to your blender jar (or a tall container if you do have a powerful immersion blender.)

Blend with the lid on to combine:

Remove the center from the blender lid and slowly drizzle in more oil while blending on high speed:

The mixture will start to emulsify and then to thicken:

Then, the oil will start to collect on top (or at least it does in my blender):

When this happens, I switch to the green smoothie setting on my blender. It stops and reverses multiple times at the beginning, and this gets the oil blending in again. I do have to stop and restart when the reversing phase quits, but this setting works well.

As the mayo continues to thicken, use a spatula to push the oil down into the mayo. You have to be very careful not to let the spatula get near the blades when doing this!

Once all the oil has been incorporated, add the lemon zest and pulse a few times to mix it in. You want bits of lemon zest to show in your lemonaise, so be careful not to over blend. Transfer it to a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the fridge. (The jar shown further down is a pint-size mason jar and it is not big enough to hold all of the lemonaise as the recipe makes about 2 3/4 cups.)

Enjoy your vegan lemonaise!

 

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Vegan Lemonaise Copycat

Lemony vegan mayo with a hint of garlic and cayenne!

Course Salad Dressing
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 43 TBS
Calories 92 kcal

Ingredients

  • 90 g (3/8 c) Aquafaba
  • 30 g (2 TBS) Lemon Juice
  • 15 g (1 TBS) Distilled Vinegar
  • 10 g (2 tsp) Dijon Mustard
  • 6.4 g (1 tsp) Salt
  • 6.0 g (1 1/2 tsp) Vegan Sugar
  • 0.4 g (1/8 tsp) Granulated Garlic
  • 0.3 g (1/8 tsp) Cayenne
  • 450 g (2 c) Canola Oil
  • 4.5 g (1 TBS) Lemon Zest

Instructions

  1. Add the aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas), lemon juice, mustard, Magickal Seasoning Blend (click the link for the recipe), granulated garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 cup of the oil to your blender jar (or a tall container if you are using an immersion blender.)
  2. Blend with the lid on to combine. Remove the center from the blender lid and slowly drizzle in more oil while blending on high speed. The mixture will start to emulsify and then to thicken.

  3. Then, the oil will start to collect on top (or at least it does in my blender.) When this happens, I switch to the green smoothie setting on my blender. It stops and reverses multiple times at the beginning, and this gets the oil blending in again. I do have to stop and restart when the reversing phase quits, but this setting works well.

  4. As the mayo continues to thicken, use a spatula to push the oil down into the mayo. You have to be very careful not to let the spatula get near the blades when doing this!

  5. Once all the oil has been incorporated, add the lemon zest and pulse a few times to mix it in. You want bits of lemon zest to show in your lemonaise, so be careful not to over blend. Transfer it to a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

A powerful immersion blender works better than a standard blender to make homemade vegan mayo. My immersion blender is not powerful, however, and overheats every time I use it to make mayo. My Ninja doesn’t work at all for mayo, and neither does a hand or a stand mixer. So, I use my jar blender. If you do have a powerful immersion blender, definitely use it for this recipe!

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