Potato Salad with Homemade Mayonnaise + Day 1 of October Unprocessed Challenge


I first saw mayonnaise being hand whipped on MasterChef Australia a few months ago, and that got me totally intrigued. Doesn’t mayo come in bottle? It’s one of those things that I thought was difficult to make at home. Then I saw on my Moulinex Chopper manual that I could make mayo with it. My first attempt with the chopper turned out to be oily runny egg yolk mixture.

So I thought maybe my chopper is not working well, because I’ve read about recipes using food processor or blender, NOT chopper. 2nd attempt using blender – OH NO, another oily runny egg yolk mixture!

Yesterday was my 3rd attempt at making mayonnaise, this time I put my muscles to good use – using hand whisk and in 10 minutes PHEW.. my mayo turned out! YAY! Do try making your own mayo, it’s so easy even though it’s using hand whisk, and cheap to make your own. It’s even easier using a food processor, but I can’t vouch for it yet until I make it successfully one day. Homemade mayonnaise taste even better than bottled ones, and you can make flavoured mayo. But mayonnaise can only keep for 3-4 days in the fridge, so make small batches and use it up soon.

So what do I do with the mayo? I was craving for potato salad yesterday and made a huge bowl with eggs and cherry tomatoes. It taste so good and fresh with the homemade mayo.. My man who don’t quite like mayo, thinks the salad tastes good.

The mayonnaise was my preparation for the 1st day of October Unprocessed Challenge that I signed up for. If you have not heard of October Unprocessed, it is a “whole month of no processed food” challenge started by Eating Rules October last year . This year more than 1800 people signed up, including yours truly. The Challenge has set it’s own definition of Unprocessed Food here. I pledge on my own definition of unprocessed food: “Any food that has a label and an expiry date is processed food”.
I’ve been eating almost 70% unprocessed food for about a year, and it’s a real revelation to me. My taste buds are enhanced, my cravings for junk food reduced, I lost weight and my body has a strange reaction if I eat processed food. Now I can’t wait to try out new recipes. I am excited to see how this one month will turn out for me. Why don’t you give unprocessed food a try this month? Even it’s just for a week or a day. You might be pleasantly surprised..
Today is Day 1, it being a Saturday helps a lot as I am home whole day.
Breakfast: Banana Oatmeal
Lunch: Seafood Coleslaw with homemade mayo (fresh and gorgeous)
Dinner: Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice
Oops I know I’m a bit off topic, so here is the Potato Salad and Homemade Mayonnaise recipe:

Serves 2

500g Potatoes – scrubbed and cut into bite-size chunks (I like my potatoes with skin)
1 large Egg
Half cucumber – cut into bite-size chunks
A handful Cherry Tomatoes – cut half
2 tablespoon Homemade Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Put potatoes and water in a small pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Take out potatoes and set aside to cool completely.
2. In the same pot, put the egg to boil for 2 minutes and switch off the fire. Cover the pot for 5 minutes to get the perfect Hard Boiled Egg. Set aside to cool completely before peeling and cutting into bite-size chunks.
3. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl until well blended. Chill thoroughly (if preferred served cold). I prefer room temperature.

(from www.about.com)
Makes 1 Cup
2 Egg Yolks
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Mustard
Pinch of Ground Pepper
4 teaspoons Lemon Juice
1-1/2 cups Vegetable Oil (try to use oil that has less flavour)
* Note: Make sure all ingredients are the same room temperature
1. Using a hand whisk, beat yolks, salt, sugar, mustard, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl until very thick and pale yellow. (Note: If using electric mixer, beat at medium speed.)
2. Add about 1/4 cup oil, drop by drop, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in 1 teaspoon each lemon juice.
3. Add another 1/4 cup oil, a few drops at a time, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in another teaspoon each lemon juice. The mixture starts to thicken
4. Add 1/2 cup oil in a very fine steady stream, beating constantly, then mix in remaining lemon juice and water; slowly beat in remaining oil. If you like, thin mayonnaise with a little hot water. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
For Blender or Processor Mayonnaise, the recipe is here.
Flavoured Mayonnaise Variations:
Sauce Nicoise: Mix 2 tablespoons tomato puree with 2 minced pimientos and 1/2 crushed clove garlic;

Mustard Mayonnaise: Mix in 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard.

Curry Mayonnaise: Mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons curry powder.

Fruit Mayonnaise: Mix in 3 tablespoons each orange juice and superfine sugar, 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind, and a pinch nutmeg. Serve with fruit salads.

Thin Mayonnaise: Prepare mayonnaise, then thin to desired consistency by beating in hot water, a tablespoon at a time.



  1. That Is so excellent ! Totally unprocessed, except by Me, and no canned goods ! I’ve been doing this for years with everything, It’s an adventure and a learning experience ! , and calls for a lot of experimentation, that’s why all these Big producers have test kitchens, although they would rather add fillers, flavorings, color, ETC.ETC., whatever Is cheaper , with no regard to consumers health and well being ! A whisk Is good !, but If you can do without the strong-arm workout, you must get a stick blender ! Whisking mayo Is history ! Use a high sided Tupperware, and watch the magic !, and please, Prepare your own mustard, I’d love to see what you come up with ! Also, some add prepared relish,, It’s so easy to make on your own ! All My Best Regards, Michael .

    • Thanks for the tips Michael. I’ve discovered making mayo using stick blender few years ago, so it’s now a breeze 😀 Yes unprocessed is the best and yup, definitely an adventure and learning experience!

  2. I forgot to tell you that
    Good article, Shannon!

  3. Shannon
    I want to learn more about salad sauce…I saw in club med, French sauce, cocktail sauce…
    They serve oil, various type of olive oil…lemon oil, orange oil, chili oil etc
    When to use sauce?
    When to use oil?
    I didn’t know much about western food…eat raw is more western style. So need to learn from zero. These few days see n try lots vegetable n fruit salad.
    My boss ask me to do it at home. Less cooking n healthier!

  4. Congratulations on making your first successful mayo…it is so much better freshly prepared 🙂 And that potato salad is wonderful!

  5. I bet there was quite a difference in flavor when you make your own mayo. All things made fresh offer quite the taste experience. Great recipes.

  6. Christine: Thank you!

    Alyssa: Oh ya, I forgot it’s Halloween in October. yeah that could be a bit tricky. Well just try whatever you can, even it’s just for a week.

  7. I love homemade mayo! There’s nothing like it. I like to make mine particularly lemony. I have an electric whisk attachment to my cuisinart immersion blender and it whips it up in no time! The potato salad looks just delicious. And I’m so impressed you’re doing the challenge! I don’t eat a lot of processed foods but I’m just a commitmentphobe.

    • Do you think the mayo might work with handheld electric mixer?
      It was a bit scary at the beginning to commit a whole month, but what the heck.. i just do my best with 10% allowance occassionally 😛 I just hope I can resist the chocolate temptations!

  8. I actually hate mayo from the jar, but something has been telling me that I might like it if I made it myself. Your potato salad looks really tasty and light! I love the idea of 30 days of no processed food. While I’m not sure october is a good month for me to start (halloween would be pretty tricky!) but I think I would like to try this with my family! Great post!

  9. Love this. I like that you made your own mayo.

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