How to make vegan soy salad cream / mayonnaise14

Posted on September 17, 2012 by ChristieDinner Time, Gluten Free, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian

Did you ever think it was possible to make salad cream using soy milk and still get a consistency that’s thick like mayonnaise? Me neither, but it is very possible.

And very easy.

Yes, there is a lot of oil in it, but this recipe makes about 2 cups, which is far too much for the one salad. Keep the leftovers in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the fridge and use in all sorts of things like sandwiches, for dipping chips, on roasted vegetables or even on top of tacos in place of sour cream.

It’s really that versatile! Did I mention it works fabulously as a caesar salad dressing too – I told you it was versatile!

All you do is pop some soy milk and neutral flavoured oil, like rice bran oil, into a blender or mini food chopper (pictured above) and blitz.

At this point the mixture will be frothy and still really runny – don’t freak out!

Add some powdered mustard, onion, garlic and a little fresh lime juice and blitz again…

Voila! Thick salad cream! It’s really quite amazing.

I think it’s the powdered spices that bind and thicken it, but I’m no scientist. It just works, trust me.

The taste is nutty and the soy milk flavour is quite obvious. However, you could change up the flavour by adding chilli sauce or pureed veggies like roasted capsicum or tomato paste. Fresh herbs would also work beautifully.

Pop it into a squeezy bottle and get fancy, like I did, or simply store in a tupperware container. It will keep really well for up to a week in the fridge.

I’ve used it here in a potato salad that has been freshened up with baby spinach and home grown dill – it was simply fabulous as a light lunch!

In a few weeks time, when I get some new season asparagus, I’ll grill some spears and top this salad with them to make it even more fresh and seasonal. For my northern hemisphere friends experiencing Autumn (oops, Fall) – this salad would be lovely next to a large juicy baked mushroom.

Would you give vegan salad cream a try? And, do you like lots of creamy dressing on your potato salad?

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Christie x

Spinach and potato salad with homemade vegan soy salad cream

  • 1kg potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • 5 sprigs fresh dill, leaves picked

For the salad cream

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Vitasoy Soy Milky
  • 250ml (1 cup) rice bran oil (or other neutral flavoured vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper

1. Place the scrubbed potatoes into a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat, and boil rapidly for 15 minutes or until knife tender, but still firm to the bite (not collapsing). This may take up to 30 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.

2. Meanwhile, make the salad cream. Pour the soy milk and rice bran oil into a blender or mini food processor. Blitz for 1 minute. The mixture will appear frothy and will coat a spoon, but will still be quite runny. Add the onion, garlic and mustard powders, the lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Blitz for 30 seconds more. The mixture will now be a thick cream, the consistency of mayonnaise. If it is too thick for your liking, then splash in a little extra soy milk.

3. Drain the potatoes, thickly slice into rounds and arrange on a platter with the baby spinach leaves. Dollop over the salad cream with a spoon, or pour into a squeezy bottle and squirt over as shown in the picture. You don’t need to use all the dressing for this recipe. Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

4. Scatter with dill leaves and serve. This salad is great served as a side dish with grilled fish or as a main course topped with a fried egg and croutons.

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  • tei

    Would regular milk work?

    • Hi Tei, I haven’t tried it, but I assume so! Let me know if you give it a go :)

  • Wow this looks amazing! I’d love to give it a try! Great news for vegans out there! Thanks for sharing Christie :)

  • Have you ever tried to make nut “cheese”? Basically a soy-free, dairy free cheese alternative? SO curious how to make it!

    • Hey ChompChomp, no I haven’t! But I’ve just been googling how to do it and it sounds very interesting… looks like I will be giving it a go! :)

      • Oooh let me know how to once you have!

  • tei

    We made this dressing last night from regular milk, and it worked like magic. Very tasty!

    • HI Tei – fantastic! Thanks for coming back to let me know. I’m going to give it a try this weekend :)

  • Laura Kataja

    By the way, I suspect it is the lime juice that causes it to thicken.

  • tei

    We added the lime (lemon) juice last, after the spices, and it was thick before it: the juice just enhanced the flavor.

  • Hi Tei, Thanks again for your feedback! You’re right, it does enhance the flavour a lot with that extra acidic kick. Yum! Christie

  • This sounds and looks awesome Christie! I will certainly be giving it a try :)

  • Great recipe :) Thanks Christie :) I’m gonna share this with my vegan friends hehe ~

  • LOL at the dont freak out comment. Im glad you put that in there – I’d def frek and think I did it wrong lol. I need ot try this :)

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