Artichokes are my favorite vegetable and this is in part because I grew up eating them with my mom’s delicious mayo, shallot and lemon sauce – a sauce that doesn’t exactly add any health factor to this beautiful, nutritious green vegetable. I’ve attempted a variation on the sauce in the past using Greek yogurt but it just wasn’t quite the addictive sauce that I grew up with. Trying my best to get back into a healthy eating routine, when I found myself craving an artichoke tonight, I decided I would pick up some vegan mayo to make the dipping sauce with. To my surprise, there was only one brand available on the shelf at Whole Foods and the list of ingredients were endless and foreign to me. I put it down and decided to try to make my own vegan mayo.
The first recipe that came up when I googled vegan mayonnaise was this soy free version from Healthful Pursuit. Again, to my amazement, I had nearly every ingredient I needed already in my apartment. I was definitely skeptical that this would taste anything like the real thing, but I made it anyway. When I gave it a taste, I was quite shocked. It was closer to a mayonnaise taste than any vegan mayo I’ve purchased from a store has ever been. I mixed it with lemon and shallots, dipped in an artichoke leaf, and discovered that I had finally found a healthy alternative to my mom’s mayo sauce. Here’s how to make it…
½ cup lite coconut milk (I used almond milk)
½ cup soft extra-virgin coconut oil (I used regular coconut oil)
¼ cup raw cashew halves
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (I didn’t have any so I omitted)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3½ tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
Blend milk, coconut oil, cashew halves, salt and turmeric on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. While blender is still running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and vinegar. Continue to blend for another 1 minute until oil is nicely emulsified. Pour into a medium-sized bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours before using as a replacement to mayonnaise in just about any recipe your heart desires!