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Mayo substitutes for different dishes

waterisgood Sep 18, 2009 05:32 PM

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!

  1. v
    vcavett Sep 19, 2009 05:48 AM

    I'm not a fan of mayo either, but I don't know that I have a 'universal' substitute. For a lot of things like sandwiches or salads, I end up using a vinaigrette, but I've also had very good luck with spreads like hummus (or any white bean/herb variation) made a little more spreadable if necessary with a bit of olive oil. Oh - and depending on the sandwich/salad, I love to used avocado mashed with lime!

    1. hotoynoodle Sep 19, 2009 05:42 AM

      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.

      1. rworange Sep 18, 2009 07:47 PM

        Olive oil. Yogurt.

        Hard to tell when the end result isn't obvious

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        1. re: rworange
          waterisgood Sep 18, 2009 10:40 PM

          #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
            rworange Sep 19, 2009 07:12 AM

            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
              Emmmily Sep 19, 2009 07:37 AM

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

        2. Emmmily Sep 18, 2009 06:51 PM

          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. l
            lgss Sep 18, 2009 06:42 PM

            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. l
              lgss Sep 18, 2009 06:39 PM

              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
                waterisgood Sep 18, 2009 10:35 PM

                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.

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