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Whole30 Approved Mayonnaise

This title may lead you to believe that I am following the Whole30 program. I was going to say, yes, I am or at least my own version of it, but then that would mean I’m actually not following it. So, nope, no Whole30…yet. I am, however, challenging myself to follow a Paleo diet for 30 days. One of my best friends is coming along for the ride too so we are holding each other accountable.

I would love to try the strict Whole30 and maybe I will but I’m just not prepared yet. For example, last night I made a Paleo beef asian stir fry which used coconut aminos which replaces soy sauce. I looked for coconut aminos at my store here in town and they were a no-go. We live in a small community meaning the nearest Whole Foods is a solid hour and a half away. ย There is a health food store about 50 minutes away so maybe I’ll pick some up there next time. Anyway, you get the point. I’m not totally prepared to do the Whole30 right.

Back to the point of this blog post!! I made mayonnaise….and it was easy! Paleo mayo is different than store bought because most store bought contain canola or soybean oil which aren’t the healthiest oils in the bunch. This mayo contains only olive oil. The recipe I followed does specify that you use light olive oil instead of extra virgin because extra virgin has a much stronger taste. They weren’t kidding about that by the way.

The only ingredients are olive oil, lemon juice, mustard powder, and 1 egg. Easy!

One thing to keep in mind is make sure your egg and lemon juice are at room temperature. The ingredients don’t mix as well if they are cold.


I used 2 Tbsp of lemon juice. 2 Tbsp is more or less what you get from one fresh lemon.

So, you basically throw everything into the food processor except for 1 cup (you use 1 cup and 1/4 cup) of olive oil. While all the ingredients are blending, slowly add the cup of olive oil….like really slow. I was adding so slow my arm started to hurt. ย Here’s the final product:


Ok. It looks like custard. It tastes like mayonnaise though I swear!! Like I said, I used extra virgin olive oil and it does taste very olive oil-y. Next time, I’ll try light. Luckily, I like the taste of olive oil so not a big deal.

I made some turkey, avocado, and tomato lettuce wraps with my mayo yesterday and today had it with tuna!



There is nothing better than a simple, delicious recipe.

(The original can be found here).


Have you tried the Whole30 challenge? Thoughts?


10 comments to Whole30 Approved Mayonnaise

  • katy

    YUM! I’ve made the paleo mayo from nomnom paleo. She used avocado oil which I was not a fan of so I use olive oil as well. I think it tastes SO much better than mayo out of a jar from the store.

    You can also order coconut aminos off of amazon. I usually order any of my odd ingredients off of there. Let us know how the 30 days of paleo goes! I’ve done that before but didn’t cut out dairy, which I guess isn’t truly paleo. I don’t know if I could do the Whole30 either. Mama needs her wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat

    I’m rIght there with you, Amy! I am on day 6 of Whole30 and all I want is to crawl up inside of a big cinnamon roll. Or go swimming in a bathtub of wine. It hurts. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you have Melissa Joulwan’s cookbooks? I just got her second one and they are AWESOME. Check them out for paleo/Whole30 approved meals and weekly food prep ideas if you haven’t already. My saving grace this week! Best to you!

    • oooo no i havent heard of her im gonna look it up!! thanks kat! how’s the whole30 going so far? are you doing it pretty strictly? i feel like im pretty close to being completely whole30 but i know some things ive had aren’t technically whole30 approved..oops haha.

      • Kat

        It’s going better than I thought. Post pregnancy I had really been trying to limit processed food, starchy carbs, anything with additives, etc. for health reasons and to get back in shape. I was also trying to vamp up protein and fill up on veggies at every meal. So I feel like I was already moving in this direction. I did a lot of research and meal prep for this first week (it was basically like cramming for finals via “Well Fed and Well Fed 2”). It has definitely been an adjustment, but I am really feeling good. We were just going to officially start eating “paleo-style” this month but that was such a vague description with so many people doing it so many different ways (ie: no dairy vs. fermented dairy). I felt like I needed a defined, purposeful method and Whole30 was just the most clear-cut and obvious answer for us. There is no way I will eat like this every day for the rest of my life, but even in just a week, I feel like I have learned so much about my body and habits and better ways to fuel my body throughout the day. My biggest concern at this point is what to do post 30 to make this a manageable lifestyle. And what to do about wine… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • oh i just looked her up- i have been to her blog before! im not sure ive made any of her recipes but ill have to try some

      • Kat

        Her stuff is awesome. Like, every. single. recipe. I can’t sing enough praises. I will buy her book and mail it to you if you aren’t convinced. And she is hilarious. Like cooking with your best friend who gives you the confidence to just go for it in the kitchen. Do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat

    PS Where do you get your eggs? I have been hesitant to make my own mayo (which is a super bummer because it is the base of so many awesome looking sauces) bc I don’t know where to get fresh eggs. Are you cool with eating raw egg yolks with grocery store eggs?

    • i buy my eggs from a special place called Costco. haha i kinda figured i’ve been eating raw cookie dough all my life and haven’t been sick, so i’ll prob be okay. ill let you know if things change in the future. i assume you’re prob okay though with store bought eggs

      • Kat

        Best answer ever. Yes to the raw cookie dough. If I can justify eating it there, surely I can justify eating it for health reasons instead right?! I have been avoiding the whole mayo business out of fear of all night vomiting. But I think you are right on this one ๐Ÿ™‚ Yummy sauces, here we come!

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