I’m just going to jump in cold with this one, even though I haven’t written anything fresh here for over a year (don’t judge).
I’ve had a request for my exact Whole30 egg salad recipe, so I am happily acquiescing. I didn’t actually know my exact recipe, so I had to make it the other day to come up with an approximation that would work.
Without further ado, Whole30-compliant egg salad:
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. mayonnaise (make your own with this recipe) 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp. paprika sprinkle dried dill salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and dig in!
Optional (and flavourful) add-ins: onion (of any type), celery or cucumber (for a bit of crunch), avocado! This last one should really not be in the optional section, because avocado makes everything better!
Adjust proportions to taste. Get creative. Try omitting the Dijon and paprika and adding curry powder or paste.
And let me know how you make out or what your other ideas are!
Now that I’d done hours upon hours of Internet research into Whole30 recipes, I was pretty sure that I could concoct something.
Most of those somethings started with mayonnaise.
Crap. I don’t have “kosher” mayonnaise.
Light bulb. I can make my own.
I remember my mom making mayonnaise, and knew I had her recipe somewhere. My mom’s sister Hazel says that Grandma would be proud of me, because she used to make her own mayonnaise when they were growing up.
You’ll notice that my mom’s recipe is a fast recipe. 15 seconds fast to be precise! I’m going to lead you (as I learned from my new friend Melissa) in a much slower direction. Hours slow. But worth it slow.
So. What you’ll need:
2 Tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar would work as well)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard* (pretty sure there’s stuff in that I shouldn’t eat, but I decided I didn’t care)
1 1/4 cup light-tasting olive oil
A blender or food processor that can operate at a low speed
Possibly the most important thing you need to do is make sure that everything is at room temperature. Everything. I say again: nothing should be cold. Go ahead and leave the eggs and lemon juice out for a few hours!
Another very important thing to remember is that this recipe works best if you think LOW and SLOW. For the ingredients to emulsify, they need time. So, set your food processor on low and keep it there.
SLOW: In mayonnaise-making, as in many other aspects of life (though not all), slow and steady wins the race. Blogger Melissa says it very well when she says to pour “the skinniest drizzle you can manage and still have movement in the oil”. Why would I try to re-write that helpful visual? So I won’t.
Now you’ve been prepared. Here are your steps. Go:
1. Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature.
2. Make sure all of your utensils are very clean. (Yes, it matters. So I’m told.)
3. Crack the egg into the blender. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Let them hang out there for maybe 30 minutes to make sure they are good and room-temp.
4. Add the salt and dry mustard and 1/4 cup oil and blend until well-mixed, 20-30 seconds. Use your judgement.
5. Do some hand exercises to get ready for several minutes of slow and steady pouring. I kid you not. My hands shook for several minutes afterwards.
6. Get the machine going on low. Slowly and steadily pour the remaining 1 cup of oil into the whirring mixture. After a few minutes, you will notice the colour get lighter and you will actually hear the machine start to work harder as the soon-to-be-mayo emulsifies.
7. Remember my mom’s tip: if when all the oil has been added, a pool of it has gathered at the top, increase the speed to high for 3 seconds.
8. Turn the machine off and give your hand a rest.
9. Pat yourself on the back.
Voila! You should have a very smooth and creamy, slightly yellow mayonnaise.
So. Room temperature ingredients. Light-tasting olive oil (I repeat: don’t get extra virgin). Low setting on the food processor or blender. Slowly pour the oil in.
Do you feel like you deserve the Suzie Homemaker crown? You should!
Updated March 28, 2012: If your mayo flops, follow my mom’s advice: pour out 3/4 of your mixture into another container, add one more (room temp) egg to the remaining 1/4, blend, then slowly add the rest of the oily gloppy remainder. After the initial heartbreak of the flop, you should be delighted to find your mayo more delicious than you imagined!
Of course, for me, the mayonnaise wasn’t enough. I wanted salad dressing.
Instead of adding dried dill and garlic separately, I realized I had an Epicure dill seasoning mix in my cupboard that already had garlic in it. Huzzah!
Whole30-friendly Ranch Dressing:
1/2 cup “Paleo” mayonnaise
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk* (I used coconut)
1 Tbsp. dry dill weed
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
ground pepper to taste
Use as a dip or a dressing. Will keep for… a while. (Use discretion, people!)
Now you can feel even better about your salads and dips… or whatever it is you use your mayonnaise for.
*Note: I learned after I made this mayo and wrote this post that I should be avoiding sulfites as well as carageenans and MSG. The mustard that I used did not have an ingredients list, but I can be fairly certain it contained one of these three common additives. My bad. Also, some coconut products contain sulfites as well. Basically, if there are more than a few ingredients, or if there is anything listed in the ingredients that you can’t pronounce, look for something else.