Among the things I’ve been up to in 2015, trying to get more balance in my food (read: weight) has been part of the equation. In the midst of retraining my eating habits I’ve realized that I have an serious love of mayo. Coming from healthy Midwestern folk and living in the land of pimento cheese, I guess it’s to be expected. However, over the couple of months I cut mayonnaise from my diet, I really missed it. So then I tried the light versions and found them to way too sweet. I am more of a fan of the tangy Duke’s variety than any other regular version, and most “light” options overcome the lack of flavor with sweeteners.
My answer to a pathological need for mayonnaise without packing on the pounds? Make it yourself! It’s a lot harder to overindulge through the week when you have to spend 5 minutes whipping it up by hand instead of just grabbing that massive vat at the back of the fridge. Fresh mayonnaise only lasts a few days in the fridge, so you’re forced to make smaller batches and put some effort and thought behind when you want to indulge. Plus, you can make it how you like it! In my opinion the hardest piece is getting your setup correct so that you don’t have the bowl rattling around on the table while you whisk, this is how I set mine up:
I love the vinegar tang of classic French homemade mayonnaise made with a tame flavored oil like sunflower oil (Trader Joe’s has the best price for my favorite sunflower oil), so that is how I made mine from the recipe below. but as with anything whipped up in your kitchen, you get to choose what gets the green light. My version below has Cilantro and Lime in it to give some Latin flair to my tuna salad (and my Deviled Eggs – recipe coming soon!). To re-convert to a simple classic mayonnaise, just swap lemon for the lime and skip the cilantro entirely (or use your favorite fresh herb!).
So, while this isn’t the best low-cal condiment ever, if you take the time to whip up some homemade mayonnaise instead of grabbing a jar at the grocery store, you may experience the joy I did of finding a superior result that is put in its proper place of a special addition rather than a daily staple.