How To Make Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

I’ve been making my own healthy homemade mayonnaise ever since my mom taught me how to do it back when I was a pre-teen. At home we always used mayo made in our own kitchen rather than buying from the store, but I never knew why. Only recently when I embarked on a journey of healthier eating I realize the reason: it’s much, much healthier.

The store bought mayo has oils that are not really good for ingesting, including canola, soybean or all sorts of vegetable oils. In addition it includes various preservatives so it can be stored for a long time on the selves. Ergo it’s not really suitable for healthy eating. I personally consider store bought mayo junk food.

So here is the recipe I’ve been using from the early days when my mom taught me to make my own healthy mayonnaise. It’s really easy and it doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes at most.

Ingredients for 2 (double the amount for 4 people)

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbs mustard (I use Colman’s but anything goes really that is tasty to you)
  • a pinch of salt (preferably unrefined, I use Himalayan salt)
  • a teaspoon of olive oil to start
  • continue with walnut oil or flax seed oil – or do as I did and use both
  • regular household mixer (you can use the blender, but I prefer the old fashioned way)


Add the egg yolks in the bowl and just a teaspoon worth of virgin olive oil. Mix the ingredients lightly until smooth. Add the tablespoon of mustard and continue mixing while constantly adding a bit of oil to thicken the cream.

When you have enough of mayo for your dish, add the salt and keep mixing for one more minute until the cream has thickened and emulsified.

Below are the photos showing visually the steps above.

healthy oils used in mayonnaise

These are the oils I use when making mayonnaise: extra virgin olive oil, flax seed oil and walnut oil

starting the mayonnaise

This time I made mayonnaise for one person only, so I only added one egg yolk and just a bit of olive oil to start

mayonnaise with mustard

Added one tablespoon of Colman’s mustard to the mix

mayonnaise added salt

Finally added a pinch of Himalayan unprocessed salt – use any type of unprocessed salt, but please avoid using table salt

I actually continued the recipe to make aubergines dip, so I didn’t transfer the mayo to a glass jar for keeping in the fridge. Next post will show how I finished the full recipe.


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  1. Brandi says:

    Oh that’s so neat! What a great way to make it at home, and much healthier! What does the final product look like? I’ll have to try this at home. Thanks :)

  2. Rosey says:

    Of course you can make mayo at home, but I never ever thought to do it!! What a great idea!

  3. vinma says:

    We always get store bought Mayo and my hubby uses it all the time.. I have never thought of making it at home. May be I would.. I see that the recipe is easy to follow, why not,right? And it is WAYYY healthier than store bought!Thanks :)

  4. JEnn says:

    That’s all it takes to make mayo?? Who knew!!! THat is awesome! No more buying it! And if I run out, Now I know how to whip some up

  5. That’s very interesting, I wouldn’t have thought of making my own mayo. I didn’t see cream and onions listed in the ingredients, how much cream and onions are needed? Definitely worth a try because we love mayo at my house.

    • Marika says:

      For simply making mayo you don’t need onions and cream. I do use onions for making a recipe using mayo, called aubergines dip.

  6. samantha says:

    What a wonderful Idea. I never thought of making it myself though the only 2 in my house that eats Mayo is my husband and my son and we do not buy it often. I will keep it and share with family..
    thank you

  7. I am not a fan of mayo & I am forever looking for substitutes for my recipes. I think I will try this, it sounds pretty yummy :)

  8. The first time I did mayonese at home I could not believe it was possible to do it. And it was so uncredible when it did become mayonese, lol. I use a blender, it’s easier for me that way.

  9. I’ve never made mayo at home before. I love the idea of making it myself, though, because that way I know EXACTLY what does into it.

  10. We don’t use much mayo here, just a little dollop in deviled eggs. Though I’m super glad I can point the people that I know that love mayo to this healthier recipe.

  11. Thanks for haring great recipe.. I have never made mayo before but now after reading your blog i think i should try this out cause it’s more healthy and nutritious .. your ingredients were amazing

  12. Kim says:

    Once you’ve had homemade mayo, you never want to go back. Its much simpler than most think! It was nice of you to post instructions, with great photos to give people the incentive to try it! I like your variations too. I’ve never made mine with mustard.

  13. Kisa says:

    I don’t use mayo much, but I should perhaps try to make some at hone at least once! Does it look yellow when it’s done instead of the usual white?

  14. Theresa says:

    I never knew it was so simple to make it at home. I bet homemade tastes so much better than store bought too!

  15. Kristal says:

    I actually love mayonnaise but I don’t think I have the guts to make my own and be satisfied with it. Maybe some day. Great post! :)

  16. Pam says:

    I need to start making my own mayo too. It’s so much healthier and not having preservatives makes this even better for us!

  17. I like mayonnaise and it’s great to find not only a healthier versoin but one I could make myself at home; it’s a great recipe.

  18. Pamela says:

    Interesting…I can’t wait to see the finish product! Thank you for this

  19. I have never tried to make mayo at home. It’s one of those things that for some unknown reason I hesitate…maybe because growing up all I heard was admonitions to not let the mayonnaise spoil by leaving it out!

  20. Your recipe and pictures look great and easy to do. We are not a mayo eating household so I’ll keep it in mind for when I have someone who’d like it with their sandwich. TY!

  21. Debi says:

    I never thought to try to make my own mayo but I hear it tastes better. It looks easy enough

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