Taylor’s Table – Episode 28 – Hummus

We talked about substitutes for mayo and one included hummus so I decided to share with y’all a hummus recipe! 🙂


There are two kinds of people in this world: those that like mayonnaise and those that hate it. I fall under the category of those who don’t like the white gooey stuff but I don’t mind it in my chicken salad or on a BLT. But you don’t have to waste all those calories on a little sandwich. There are plenty of better substitutes you can use instead of mayo to keep the calories low and the taste of mayo away. 

1. Avocado 

Avocado is a fatty acid loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. It provides almost a quarter of the calories mayo does, and it tastes much better. Swap your mayo for avocado in chicken salad for a healthy twist, or as a spread on your favorite BLT. 

2. Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt 

Greek Yogurt is another way to cut down on those unwanted calories. You can mix it into tuna, chicken salad, or egg salad to give you more of a tangy taste. 

3. Olive Oil 

Olive Oil is another good fatty acid. It’s not the same texture as mayo but will definitely cut back on the calories- if used in moderation. You can add olive oil to your favorite pasta salad or tuna fish.

4. Pesto 

Pesto is a traditional Italian sauce made from basil, pine nuts, and olive oil so you’ll be getting in another serving of healthy fats here. It’s also rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals so you can feel good adding it to your favorite sandwiches and salads. You can also get creative and try different versions like kale or avocado pesto. 

5. Mustard 

Opt for mustard on your ham or turkey sandwich instead of mayo whenever you get the chance. Mustard is much lighter on the calories and you have a variety of options from dijon, spicy, and yellow. It might not be the best idea to add it to your egg salad, but a little honey mustard on a chicken salad sandwich is bomb. 

6. Hummus

Although I wouldn’t recommend adding hummus to any of your mayo based salad’s, it could be used as a spread for any sandwich. Try it on a grilled veggie wrap or on grilled chicken.