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!

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 Chow Food and Market in Lafayette, CA for years.  There happens to be two dishes there that I decide between every time — the fish tacos or the grilled prawn louie salad.

Chow’s 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.

Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing is creamy, vegan louie salad dressing that's packed with fresh flavor and no mayo!

Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing

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.

Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing is creamy, vegan louie salad dressing that's packed with fresh flavor and no mayo!

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 want to check out Vegenaise products, click here.

If you’re not following a vegan diet, Greek yogurt would be a viable substitute for the vegan mayo.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

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!

Homemade No Mayo Louie Salad Dressing is creamy, vegan louie salad dressing that's packed with fresh flavor and no mayo!

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Pour the dressing into a bowl and stir in the pickle relish.  Add up to 1 tablespoon more if desired.
  3. Serve with your favorite salad and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only.  The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used or substitutions that are made.
  • *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!

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size: About 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 120
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 727mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 1g