How to use yogurt or sour cream instead of mayo

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How to use yogurt or sour cream instead of mayo
Sour cream and yoghurt are welcome additions to a salad. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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 yoghurt 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.

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Things you need

  • Cornstarch (optional)
  • Wisk

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

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    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.

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

Tips and warnings

  • Use a combination of mayonnaise and sour cream or yoghurt if you still want the taste and consistency of mayonnaise in your recipes.
  • Do not use flavoured yoghurt; use only plain yoghurt.

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