What Makes a Great Vegan Mayo?

What’s a homemade turkey sandwich without mayonnaise?! A high quality vegan mayonnaise should look, taste and perform like traditional mayonnaise. When eaten on a sandwich, it should add richness, but have a low mayonnaise flavor intensity so as not to overwhelm the other sandwich flavors. The aroma andflavor profiles should contain vinegar, oil, mustard and ideally some egg-like sulfur notes to be mayonnaise-like. It should not contain vegetal, tofu or sourdough grain notes. The texture of the mayonnaise should be smooth and rich – not gloppy, pasty or astringent.

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Tasting terms

  • richness

    Associated with creamy and dense mouthfeel; often evident in products containing significant amounts of butter or cream. Example: Alfredo sauce, coffee and super premium ice cream can be described as rich.

  • flavor intensity

    A measurement of the strength of a flavor in a particular food. Example: High-quality chocolate will have high cocoa flavor intensity.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • texture

    A dimension used to organize attributes like mouthfeel, graininess and initial bite, it is one of the five dimensions used by ChefsBest Master Tasters to evaluate food. Example: Glazed popcorn will have a crunch texture. The texture of milk chocolate should be creamy and smooth.