What is Paleo Mayonnaise & Other Useful Menu Items


I have been asked all too often what is Paleo mayonnaise, how does it differ from what I can buy at the store.

In this post I am going to not only answer that question but also give you some alternatives to ready-made ingredients, that we tend to take for granted, as items we would normally buy from our supermarkets, or local grocery store.

Natural Ingredients

The issue with a lot of shop bought staples is that they suffer from theWhat is paleo mayonnaise
contemporary tendency to fill them with refined sugars, excess salt and a myriad of additives.

In keeping with the philosophy of a Paleo Lifestyle, we try to avoid these things for reasons that are addressed elsewhere on this website. I encourage you to take a tour here, as there is some considerable information that I think you will find useful, particularly if you are new to Paleo as a lifestyle philosophy.

I am going to talk here about 4 useful staples that make menu planning so much easier. I take them all from Sarah Fragoso’s book Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook for which I feature a full review on this site.


Mayonnaise is one of those menu items that has such huge versatility, as a base for other recipes, but also particularly for a variety of salads, that it has to be top of the list for this article.

Makes 2 1/2 Cups – Prep 15 minsMayo

You will need:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups light olive oil or walnut oil


  1. With a hand held mixer or slow speed blender start to blend all the above ingredients less the oil for 5 -10 seconds
  2. With the blender running on slow, start to very, very, slowly drip the oil into the mixture
  3. Once the mixture starts to emulsify then the oil can be added a wee bit quicker but if the mixture starts to granulate then slow down. Do not use a hot running blender it will end it tears.

Sarah’s Top Tip: If the mixture goes wrong, for instance the oil separates because of too much blending don’t throw it away. Take a another egg yolk and whisk it together with another tablespoon of vinegar and then slowly whisk this into the uncooperative mayonnaise mixture. The slow pour is the key and remember to stop just as soon as you achieve your desired consistency.

Homemade Ketchup

All natural ingredients and without any of the harmful sugars and additives that you find in store bought varieties, this is a versatile sauce that can be used as a dip, dressing, condiment or with some celery pesto blended through some fresh pesto, my mouth is watering as I write this! Thanks I hope

Makes 2 Cups – Prep 25 minsKetchup

You will need:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup minced white onions
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 7 oz/200gms organic tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 11/2 tsps chili powder
  • 1/4 cup apple juice


  1. In a flat pan melt the oil over medium heat and soften the onions until translucent (do nothing burn unless you want a smoky taste)
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients whisk together bring to simmer and cook for 5 mins stirring throughout
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then store in airtight glass jar.

Sarah’s Top Tip: Unlike those sugar filled store bought versions you can be generous with this and goes beautifully when dolloped on a grass fed beef patty in a portobello mushroom bun!

Salad Dressings

Ranch Style Dressing

This is so easy to make you could do it with your eyes shut as long as you had the ingredients lined up on the bench LoL and it is delicious!Ranch

Makes 1/2 Cups – Prep 10 mins

You will need:

  • 1/2 mayonnaise (recipe above)
  • 1Tbsp full fat canned coconut milk (check additive free)
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
  • Cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Very gently stir all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl
  2. Our into a jug or small serving dish

Sarah’s Top Tip: This is great as a salad dressing, or as a dip with crudités or dolloped on sliced chicken breasts or any other manner of uses that your culinary imagination will allow!

Caesar Style Dressing

All the great taste of the classic but without the cheese or croutons though the latter can be made with paleo Bread if you want to include themCaesar

Makes 1 Cup – Prep 15 mins

You will need:

  • 3 Tbsps Mayonnaise (recipe above)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsps minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp anchovy fillets (optional)
  • Sea salt (if you add anchovies taste before salting!)
  • Cracked black pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve over Romaine lettuce and additional anchovies for garnish if desired

Sarah’s Top Tip: If you have divided opinion on anchovies in the family mix the ingredients without anchovies separate the mix into two and add anchovies to one and keep everyone happy!

Celery Pesto

Pesto is such a versatile ingredient that can be used as a dip as a spread or to lift plain pesto served with some sun dried tomatoes yum!

Makes 1 1/2 Cup – Prep 5 minsPesto

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, soaked overnight in water and drained
  • 1-2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups or 1 large bunch of celery leaves


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until a smooth purée consistency is achieved
  2. Serve as you wish

A Good Staring Guide to Have to Hand

BookThe Paleo Beginners Guide is an excellent book, available through Amazon.com, which Provides a handy reference when starting The Paleo journey. As a matter of note, anyone clicking on this link who may go on to purchase it via the review will of course pay no more than if that had chosen to go to Amazon direct. I can highly this wonderful little book to you. It is packed with great information and recipes and my own copy is very well thumbed through!

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  1. Hi Hamish, what great recipes you have put together here. I very much like the mayonnaise that is made with olive oil (or walnut) rather than the usual vegetable oil. I don’t often use ketch-up because I don’t like the sugars and unnecessary additives, but making your own is brilliant. I love the fact that it is made with coconut oil, so I will definitely give it a try. Another interesting recipe is the celery pesto, made with walnuts, rather than the pine nuts that one normally sees in pesto recipes. 

    If this is paleo lifestyle, I’ll support it. 

  2. Hi, Thank you so very much for your amazing Review on Paleo Mayonnaise & Other Useful Menu Items. Personally I have learned a lot from it. I love the fact that I can have them prepared at home have a recipe from this website that I cam always use again and again. I have never made mayonnaise before but I am trying it out now that I have some time at home because of the luck down. Thanks.

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