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Sep 18, 2009 05:32 PM

Mayo substitutes for different dishes

Is there a universally good substitute for all recipes? I'm looking for a mayo-substitute for 2 different recipes that contain the following other ingredients

First recipe - pesto, flank steak, tomato

2nd - canned tuna, cilantro, jalapeno, lemon juice

Thanks in advance for any help provided!

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  1. If you tell us why you want a substitute for the mayo it might help...avoiding eggs, lower calorie, other?

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    1. re: lgss

      I just can't stand mayo. No health reasons at all. I don't have a weak stomach towards anything else, very adventurous with food, in fact. I just can't stomach mayo.

    2. You're obviously not looking for vegan mayo based on the other ingredients but if you want to avoid eggs or lower calories...
      Haven't tried it myself.

      1. I hate mayo - something about it immediately triggers my gag reflex. I usually find myself using milk-based substitutes to get the creaminess and richness. Cream cheese actually pairs really well with pesto ad tomato - I put pesto, cream cheese, and chopped tomato in a pan, cook over medium heat until the cream cheese melts into the pesto, stir it all up, and use it as a sauce on things like pasta or veggies (excellent over zucchini). so if there's a chance for it to melt, cream cheese could work in recipe #1. In recipe #2, what about something like sour cream? (I'm assuming it's being used as a binder?)

        1. Olive oil. Yogurt.

          Hard to tell when the end result isn't obvious

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          1. re: rworange

            #1 - the mayo was supposed to be mixed with pesto as a dressing for a sandwich filled with flank steak and tomato

            #2 - the mayo is for the tuna salad.

            1. re: waterisgood

              Then #1 doesn't need anything but the pesto. Even though I like mayo the thought of mixing it with pesto sounds disgusting, though yogurt would work if you really wanted a creamy pesto ... or use sour cream.

              #2 could go either way with yogurt or mayo ... or even sour cream.

              I agree with another poster who says there is no universal substitute. It depends on the dish.

              1. re: rworange

                That's true, nothing else really needed but the pesto. Ricotta could work if you want that creaminess though.

          2. yogurt would work for some things, but just omit it entirely would be my advice.

            you could also try butter, like with item #1, or cream cheese.