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Vegan Ume Sesame Mayo

This recipe starts with an easy, thick vegan mayo- no fancy ingredients required- and then adds toasted sesame oil and tangy umeboshi to make an indescribably delicious spread, dressing, or dip
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course, Noodles, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8


  • A blender or immersion blender. You can do this with a wire whisk and a metal bowl but I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty tough!


For the Easy Vegan Mayo

  • 1/2 cup soy milk be advised, substitutes may not work!
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup neutral-flavoured oil, such as sunflower or canola don't use extra flavourful oils here, they can easily become overpowering

For the Vegan Ume-Sesame Mayo variation

  • 2 teaspoons umeboshi paste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil feel free to omit this if you want a light and tangy ume mayo without the depth and complexity of the toasted sesame
  • 1/2 cup prepared vegan mayo store-bought is fine, I like Follow Your Heart's Vegenaise best


For the Easy Vegan Mayo

  • Add the soy milk, dijon, vinegar, and salt to your blender, leaving it to curdle for about 3 minutes
  • Blend your mixture for about 5 seconds. It should look liquidy and inconsistent, as shown
  • With the blender running, pour in the cup of oil in a steady stream until it is all added and the mixture is substantially thickened, about 1 minute total. If you can't pour while blending with your blender, splash in the oil a quarter cup at a time, blending for about 5-10 seconds between each addition
  • The finished mayo can be transferred into any clean, reusable jar. I store mine in jam jars! It should be thick enough to pile up and stand on its own on a spoon, as shown.

For the Vegan Ume-Sesame Mayo Variation

  • Smoosh the ume, soy sauce and tamari together in a bowl, pressing the mixture up against the sides of the bowl to smooth out any ume clumps
  • Stir in the mayo until it is well-incorporated. If your mixture isn't coming together very well, go ahead and blend it in a small blender cup for a minute or so.
Keyword dip, easy, fast, salad dressing, sauce, Savoury