How to season olivier and crab salad instead of mayonnaise and is it possible to replace mayonnaise with sour cream

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What’s the New Year without Olivier? Well, of course this is not about us! But we all try to watch our figures and cook healthier food. And Olivier salad with mayonnaise doesn’t really fit into healthy recipes.

There is a way out; you can make a dressing instead of mayonnaise. But what can you replace mayonnaise in Olivier salad? In fact, there are many sauces and we will tell you about them.

Homemade mayonnaise made from sour cream and mustard

This is a sauce for Olivier salad instead of mayonnaise, similar in taste to mayonnaise. So, what to dress the salad with instead of mayonnaise? We need to figure out what has more calories than sour cream or mayonnaise? The table below will help us with this.

Calorie content per 100 grams of product  
Natural yogurt 60-70 kcal
Cream 10% 115 kcal
Cream 15% 158 kcal
Cream 20% 206 kcal
Mayonnaise light 220-300 kcal
Mayonnaise “Provençal” 624 kcal


Now let’s prepare mayonnaise from sour cream at home. Or rather mayonnaise made from sour cream and mustard. The calorie content of such a sauce will be approximately 125-130 kcal per hundred grams. If caloric content is important to you, then instead of mayonnaise during your diet, you can season Olivier with Dukan mayonnaise.

We will need:

  • Cream 10% – 250 g.
  • Homemade mustard – 1 tsp.
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp. l.
  • Sol – 1/4 h. l.
  • Ground black pepper to taste.

How to make Olivier salad dressing with mustard:

  1. Mix mustard with salt and lemon juice.
  2. Add sour cream and mix well.
  3. Pepper and, if necessary, add more salt.
  4. Olivier dressing with mustard is ready.

A whisk is all you need for this recipe, but you can also use a mixer or blender. This mayonnaise is made with sour cream without eggs and butter, but no one forbids adding them.

Only this will increase the calorie content of the sauce. At this point it will no longer be clear what is fattier: sour cream or mayonnaise made from sour cream, eggs and butter. Let’s figure outhow to replace mayonnaise in Olivier salad. 

Egg-sour cream sauce for Olivier

Egg-sour cream sauce for Olivier

Homemade mayonnaise with boiled yolks and sour cream tastes very similar to store-bought mayonnaise. But of course it is much healthier and less caloric. The calorie content of the sauce is approximately 180-190 kcal per hundred grams, depending on the size of the yolks. This mimosa dressing would work just as well.

We will need:

  • Cream 10% – 250 g.
  • Boiled yolk – 3 pcs.
  • Dijon mustard – 1 tsp.
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp. l.
  • Sol – 1/4 h. l.
  • Ground black pepper to taste.

Mustard-sour cream mayonnaise with yolks recipe:

  1. Grind the yolks with salt and mustard into a homogeneous mass.
  2. Add lemon juice and pepper, mix everything.
  3. Next, stir in the sour cream and you’re done!

Olivier dressing with Dijon mustard and yolks is more interesting in taste. Everyone’s favorite Olivier will sparkle with new colors. And mayonnaise made from boiled eggs and mustard will completely replace your regular one. Besides, you can always make homemade mayonnaise.

So you can season the Olivier salad with sour cream, but you need to work with it a little and add a little piquancy in the form of mustard.

Homemade yogurt mayonnaise

Homemade yogurt mayonnaise

Another interesting recipe for replacement is yogurt and mustard mayonnaise. Keep in mind that yogurt mayonnaise has a calorie content of about 580 kcal per hundred grams. Therefore, decide for yourself with the amount of oil; it is quite possible to make just yogurt mayonnaise with mustard.

We will need:

  • Natural yogurt – 200 gr.
  • Vegetable oil – 50 ml
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tsp.
  • Raw yolk – 1 pc.
  • Russian mustard – 1 tsp.
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp. l.
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare yogurt dressing for Olivier instead of mayonnaise:

  1. Add mustard and sugar to the yolk and start beating, preferably with a blender, until white.
  2. Begin to carefully add the butter while whisking continuously.
  3. It’s time to add yogurt with vinegar and add salt at the end.
  4. Greek yogurt and mustard mayonnaise is ready!

Now about what kind of yogurt can be used instead of mayonnaise. Greek is best, it is the thickest, but any without flavoring is fine. Keep in mind that this dressing made from Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise will only last a couple of days.

Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt

We have presented to you the most similar sauces to mayonnaise that go well with Olivier, mimosa and herring salad “under a fur coat”. The most New Year’s salads, isn’t it?

But there are many more options, for example lenten and vegan, as well as for those who on a diet or adheres to proper nutrition.

If we talk about what Olivier used to be seasoned with, it was still mayonnaise. Which was prepared in olive oil with French mustard, now it is a popular olive mayonnaise.

Regarding the question of when it is better to season Olivier, then immediately before consumption. Therefore, it is better to leave part of the salad without dressing if you have made too much Olivier.

Although some people think that it is better to season it overnight and let it soak, there is nothing to soak in it except potatoes. In general, this is a matter of taste and will not affect the quality of the salad!

Decide for yourself whether you need to season Olivier with mayonnaise right away or add the dressing before serving, no one will notice the difference.

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