A common benchmark for Paleo products is how well they stack up against their conventional, grain- and gluten-full counterparts: “This cake tastes just like the one my mom used to make!” or “This bread could pass for store-bought!” But in the case of Primal Kitchen Mayo, the Paleo version more than surpasses its conventional predecessor.
Made with avocado oil, cage-free organic eggs, organic egg yolks, organic vinegar derived from non-GMO beets, sea salt and rosemary extract, the newest product from the Primal Blueprint team is exceptional in taste and quality. Unlike the mayo at most grocery stores, this version has no sugar, gluten or dairy. There aren’t any nasty industrial oils lurking in the ingredients list, and no preservatives make an appearance. This mayo is pared down, with the purity of a homemade condiment plus all of the convenience of a ready-made product.
Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson started by taking a look at what was missing from his famous salad ritual, an everyday lunchtime occurrence packed with veggies and protein, and usually drizzled with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing. The goal was to create “Primal-inspired salad dressings and condiments full of healthful, natural fats, superfoods, antioxidant-rich, high-ORAC-scoring herbs and spices,” and an absence of synthetic oils, artificial ingredients, fillers or stabilizers. The first item on his list was mayonnaise.
“The complete lack of acceptable mayonnaise in-store today is appalling,” Sisson wrote on the Primal Kitchen website. Citing the overabundance of canola oil, soybean oil, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup as the worst offenders in ready-made mayo, Sisson swapped the bad stuff for pure, high-quality ingredients like egg yolks and avocado oil.
The end result? A smooth, silky mayo with a rich flavor and decadent texture.
In a way, it tastes exactly like the conventional mayo we all grew up eating on BLT sandwiches, with all of the expected tang and subtle sweetness you’ve come to expect from mayonnaise. But on the other hand, it transcends every association with mayo, either store-bought or homemade. Saying that this mayo is superior to every other kind on the market is an understatement, because not only is this condiment not harmful to your health like the pro-inflammatory oil-laden salad dressings of yore, but it actually supports wellness.
Plus, having a jar of Primal Kitchen Mayo in the fridge ensures that a quick meal is always right around the corner. Mix a couple of tablespoons in with wild-caught canned fish or leftover chicken for an easy salad topping, or whisk in lemon juice and garlic powder to make a quick aioli dip or drizzle.
As with most Paleo foods, it’s a bonus if you can share it with non-Paleo friends and family without having to explain what the new product is. We’ve taken our samples to potlucks and family dinners and have fed many a non-Paleo guest with the Primal Kitchen Mayo, all with great success. This time around, they’re asking, “What is this?” not because it’s unfamiliar, but because it’s so darn good.
With a delicious taste, high standards and ease of convenience, the Primal Kitchen Mayo is the holy grail we’ve been waiting for. And like everything Sisson produces, the ingredients in Primal Kitchen Mayo adhere to the highest standards of taste and phytonutrient potency, with the ultimate focus always on the health of consumers and the planet.