This summer I was asked to do a luncheon salad that with a side of bread, would make a lunch for 30 people, and would be suitable for all by providing variety. Three platters were offered, and some folks ate it like salad, while others made sandwiches from them. We have a go-to salad platter which morphs easily to suit seasonal brunches, lunches and dinners. I planned on using fresh shrimp and grilled chicken as the proteins, with a selection of veggies & fruits to complete the platters. Thinking that I should add in some egg slices, I remembered that one of the daughters of this family was extremely allergic to eggs. So, that was a no go. I checked emails, and lists but could find no reference to this allergy, however I do know that she and her wife, and their little one, would most likely be in attendance, as they had never missed one of these family events.
For the dressing I had planned on doing a Green Goddess, as well as Fresh Blueberry Dressing, and Lemon Vinaigrette. So, having decided that egg would NOT be part of these platters, I decided to try a tip I’d read about to make a egg-free (vegan) mayonnaise (mayonnaise being a very important part of Green Goddess dressing).
Using nut milk or soy milk in place of the egg, creates an extremely luscious “mayonnaise”. As with mayonnaise, you can be creative with the flavourings, however this is a classically flavoured version. The soy milk has lecithin in it naturally, which is found in eggs, which is why they are able to emulsify with oil. Nut milks usually have soy, flax or sunflower lecithin added to them. It’s the lecithin that is required! When baking for Vegans, or those allergic to eggs, I make a flax egg out of 1 T ground raw flax and 2½ T lukewarm water. Simply mix them together in a small bowl, and let rest for about 10 minutes. Use in the place of an egg. Works like a charm.
½ c soy or nut milk (unflavoured, unsweetened)
1 t lemon juice
pinch of salt
⅛ t dry mustard
1 c canola oil
Put the soy or nut milk into a 2 cup / 500 ml canning jar.
Add in the lemon juice, salt, and mustard.
Using a stick blender (immersion blender), process the milk until the flavourings are incorporated.
With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the cup of oil.
Continue blending, moving the blender through the ingredients slightly, until the oil has completely emulsified into the milk.
This makes a very smooth mayonnaise, beautiful for spreading or for dipping.
Store covered in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Here are a couple of photos of salad platters that we’ve done It’s all about fresh ingredients, beautiful colours and seasonality. Let them inspire you until I post the method and amounts.