Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise (with video)

Homemade olive oil mayonnaise is creamy, rich, olive oil, Real homemade olive oil mayonnaise whisked up in less than 5-minutes. What’s in your mayonnaise!

homemade olive oil mayonnaise
Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Summertime Needs Homemade Mayonnaise

While growing up, I seem to remember only one brand of mayonnaise.

Did I know what was in it? No, we never read ingredients labels until the 80’s. 

Summertime needs mayonnaise for all those yummy sandwiches and cold salads we will be eating.

After all, Potato Salad just screams for good mayonnaise, as does my Crab Towers

potato salad with homemade olive oil mayonnaise
Potato Salad With Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Store Bought Mayonnaise

I finally read the ingredients label on the mayonnaise choices (like a lot), in the grocery store and became dumbfounded. 

Do I want cottonseed oil in my mayonnaise, vinegar instead of lemon juice, or calcium disodium edta? Nope!

Is Mayonnaise Dairy-free?

The answer to that question is yes!

Some folks think that because mayonnaise is white, that it has dairy in it.

There is no dairy in real mayonnaise.

Is mayonnaise vegan?

Unfortunately, this recipe is not vegan because it has egg yolks.

However, there are vegan recipes for mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise Ingredients Labels

Good grief! I was horrified when I read the labels on the mayonnaise jars.

Old faithful brands have low quality oils, not the kind many of us cook with regularly. 

I was determined, after reading the labels that I would either never use mayonnaise again, or learn how to make it with good quality ingredients. 

Professional Chef Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Just so happens, my son is a professional chef.

I asked him if he made mayo.

He said, “ma, of course, it’s the easiest thing to make yourself”. 

I asked if I could make it with olive oil.

He said, “what else would you use, of course”!

Gosh I love my brilliant kids!

creamy rich olive oil mayonnaise
Creamy Rich Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Can Other Oils Go Into My Homemade Mayonnaise?

The range of oils we each prefer has become endless, therefore these oils can also be used to make mayonnaise.

  • Avocado oil – An oil extracted from the pulp of avocados, great for high heat cooking yet not much in the way of flavor.
  • Coconut oil – A high saturated fat content with many antibacterial properties, great from many uses yet not everyone wants the high fat content for eating.
  • Sesame oil (untoasted) – Not high in many nutrients, yet many enjoy its flavor.
  • Sunflower oil – A beautiful oil in vitamin E, yet there are issues with its potential excess inflammation in the body.

The Flavor Of Mayonnaise Is Important

So what’s the scoop on oil in homemade mayonnaise?

Flavor, is the ultimate deciding factor in which oil you choose to use in making your own mayonnaise.

While I prefer olive oil over all the other options for oil, some people don’t prefer the taste.

So, you can easily use half and half; olive oil with a milder tasting oil.

Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise Is The Best

This particular son of mine (one of three), and I went on an olive oil tasting excursion while visiting California. 

California olive oil tasting
California Olive Oil Tasting

I never realized that olive oil had so many varied flavors.

The type of olives, the way they were pressed, if it was pure or other bland flavored oils added to ‘water it down’. 

Nutrition and cooking experts agree that one of the most versatile and healthy oils to cook with and eat, is olive oil.

Making sure that is is extra virgin olive oil is the key, which assures that it is not refined, therefore having the highest quality.

Olive Oil Mayonnaise For Taste Purity and Color

Taste the olive oil you buy.

Just taste a small spoon of the oil, and do yourself a favor by experimenting with a few other brands. 

In a condiment such as mayonnaise or even your salad dressing, the taste of the olive oil is going to stand out, loud and clear.

For this reason, make sure it has the flavor you like while it is alone, before mixing it with other ingredients. 

How To Make Homemade Mayonnaise

Slow, is the trick to getting the ingredients in homemade mayonnaise to emulsify.

Patience in pouring the olive oil in at a slow trickle, almost drop by drop, is what will produce a fabulous mayonnaise. 

  • The egg yolks, lemon juice and salt go in first.
  • Whisk by hand or with a blender.
  • Slowly dribble in the oil while whisking vigorously. 
  • Within a short time, under 5-minutes, you have a beautiful, rich, creamy mayonnaise. 
Olive Oil Mayonnaise - The Best There Is!
Olive Oil Mayonnaise – The Best There Is!

Ingredients Needed

  • Egg yolks
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Olive oil – EVOO
olive oil mayonnaise ingredients
Olive Oil Mayonnaise Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Blender or a medium mixing bowl and a whisk
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Airtight container – to store the mayonnaise
  • Citrus press
add a little mustard to homemade mayonnaise for bolder flavor
Add A Little Mustard To Homemade Mayonnaise For Bolder Flavor
Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Creamy, rich, olive oil, real mayonnaise, whisked together in less than 5-minutes.
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Course: Sauces Dressing
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Olive Oil Maynnaise
Prep Time: 5 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 ounces


  • Blender or whisk
  • Airtight container


  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 cup Olive oil extra virgin


  • Place the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in a medium bowl, or the blender. Whisk until it the yolks and juice are blended.
  • Slowly, very slowly trickle a little olive oil while whisking vigorously. Continue to drizzle the oil in while whisking until all of the oil is added and the mixture becomes thick and creamy.



  • If the oil is added too quickly, the mixture will break and you will have a liquid sauce and not an emulsification. 
homemade olive oil mayonnaise
Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise
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