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Mayonnaise is listed as a star ingredient in many recipes. The creamy mouth-feel of mayo might contribute taste and texture to culinary delights, but not everyone can indulge. For dieters looking to cut fat or for those who cannot consume egg products, mayonnaise is off-limits. Fortunately, you can easily substitute yogurt or sour cream for mayonnaise in most recipes. Whether you are making a salad, dip or sauce, you can replace the mayonnaise without sacrificing taste or mouth-feel.

Substitute yogurt for mayonnaise in equal proportions. If a recipes calls for ½ cup of mayonnaise, use ½ cup of yogurt. Low-fat or fat-free yogurt options work especially well in traditionally mayonnaise-based salads. If you are cooking the yogurt in a recipe, add 1 tbsp. of cornstarch per cup of yogurt to prevent the yogurt from separating during heating.

Use an equal amount of sour cream for the mayonnaise listed in a recipe. For instance, if a salad calls for 1 cup of mayonnaise, use 1 cup of sour cream. Wisk the sour cream to soften it and recreate the same consistency as mayonnaise before using. Sour cream works especially well in dips and sauces and can be heated.

Mix a combination of equal parts sour cream and yogurt to replace mayonnaise. This mixture will impart a tangy flavor and creamy texture to salads, sauces and dips.


Use a combination of mayonnaise and sour cream or yogurt if you still want the taste and consistency of mayonnaise in your recipes.


Do not use flavored yogurt; use only plain yogurt.

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