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Paleo Mayonnaise

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There are some wonderful recipes on the interwebs for making Paleo mayonnaise. In particular, Melissa Joulwan has a fantastic one as do the lovely folks at Food Lovers Primal Palate. Why am I adding another recipe to the mix? Well, this one you can make without a blender…and I didn’t have enough oil in my pantry to replicate their recipes.

Here’s what I assembled:

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nut oil or avocado oil

**All ingredients should be at room temperature**

Here’s how I made it:


I put all the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl and whisked until the yolk thickened and the color brightened (around 30 seconds).


I added 1/4 cup of the oil in a slow steady stream while I whisked vigorously (~1 minute). To keep my bowl in place, I put it on a rubber mat and tied a towel around the base. If there’s someone else in the house, recruit him or her to slowly pour in the oil while you whisk.

After the oil is incorporated, I slowly added the second 1/4 cup of oil and incorporated it the same way as the first (~30 seconds). I added the last 1/4 cup of oil all at once (per the instructions) and whisked it to emulsify the mayo completely.


This version requires some elbow grease but it’s quick and tasty.


Yay for homemade Paleo mayonnaise!

(Need more tips? Check out this post!)