Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing
Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing is creamy, vegan louie salad dressing that’s packed with fresh flavor and no mayo!
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of ordering the same dish at certain restaurants over and over again. My hand is up! There are just some dishes that are too good and I’m afraid if I order something else I’ll be disappointed.
My family and I have been going to a restaurant for years that has two dishes that I decide between every time — the fish tacos or the grilled prawn louie salad.
The grilled prawn louie salad won me over the second I tasted it. The salad includes succulent charred prawns, roasted beets, olives, tomatoes and avocado — which are all ingredients that I love — but it’s the louie dressing recipe that makes it next level delicious.
I’ve purchased Chow’s louie dressing in their market and taken it home because I didn’t think I could ever create a louie dressing that would hold a candle to theirs.
I made a note of the ingredients list and recently I finally decided to give it a go. I’m pleased to inform you that this Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing is just as delicious as Chow’s.
And the best part? There’s no mayo just as the name implies. 🙂
What’s the difference between Louie Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing?
Louie dressing (also known as louis dressing) typically contains mayo, chili sauce or ketchup, green onions and doesn’t contain sugar.
Louie dressing is not sweet and is slightly spicy from the chili sauce or horseradish that is often added.
Thousand Island dressing also contains mayo and ketchup, along with onion and sweet pickle relish. Thousand Island dressing is much sweeter than louie dressing and isn’t spicy at all.
How can I make Louie dressing with no mayo?
I really dislike mayo, and I was thrilled to find a vegan mayo years ago that I love. I use Soy-Free Vegenaise most of the time, or one of the brand’s other varieties. I’m not being paid to promote this brand, I just love it.
If you’re not following a vegan diet, Greek yogurt would be a viable substitute for the vegan mayo.
- The ingredient list may seem long, but I promise you that each ingredient provides flavor that makes this dressing special! The lemon juice, chives and parsley give this dressing a fresh flavor that cuts through the richness, and the capers give it a briny flavor that helps cut the richness as well.
- The Worcestershire sauce adds a delicious savory flavor and the horseradish adds a nice little kick. If you like spice, add more!
- You can use your favorite ketchup, but I recommend using a natural ketchup that’s low in sugar and doesn’t contain artificial ingredients. I used just enough ketchup in this dressing to give it tomato flavor without making it too sweet.
- Be sure and strain your pickle relish as the liquid will make the louie dressing too sweet.
- Store the dressing in an air tight container in the fridge for 7-10 days. Stir and enjoy!
More salad dressing recipes to enjoy!
Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing
- 1 cup vegan mayo*
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon capers
- 1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish without liquid
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients except for the pickle relish into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, then taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Pour the dressing into a bowl and stir in the pickle relish. Add up to 1 tablespoon more if desired.
- Serve with your favorite salad and enjoy!
- *My preferred brand of vegan mayo is Vegenaise. I use the soy-free variety, but there are many to choose from including reduced fat.
- You can use your favorite ketchup, but I recommend using a natural ketchup that's low in sugar and doesn't contain artificial ingredients. I used just enough ketchup in this dressing to give it tomato flavor without making it too sweet.
- If you like a spicier dressing, substitute the ketchup with chili sauce or add more horseradish.
- If you're not following a vegan diet, Greek yogurt would be a viable substitute for the vegan mayo.
- Leftover dressing will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for 7-10 days. Just stir and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.