An easy vegan remoulade with a cajun flair made with whole food ingredients. You will never know there is no mayo or oil!
Sauce is the finisher of every meal. It takes recipes from good to incredible. And like everything I try and create, I love when I can put together a vegan sauce made with wholesome ingredients and you can't even tell!
Vegan Remoulade Sauce
One thing this website isn't short on is vegan sauce. I have more in my recipe notebook at home that aren't even on this website, you can say I'm slightly obsessed.
Since I didn't have a remoulade, I decided I needed to create one. I feel like remoulade is different almost anywhere I have it, so many kinds and flavors. So I stuck to a recipe based off of a cajun remoulade I had a while back that was so good I licked the bowl!
What is remoulade sauce made of?
Traditionally remoulade is mayo based, and it can definitely be made with a vegan mayo. In fact, I have one in my cookbook! So when creating this vegan remoulade recipe, I used that as a guideline, keeping the ingredients whole food based without any added oil.
The other components of a cajun type remoulade are different depending on the recipe, but here is a list of the most common ones I have seen:
- hot sauce
- green onions
- lemon juice
What is vegan mayo made of?
There are many different vegan mayo recipes out there, but after experimenting with a variety of things, I found using cashews worked the best. Paired with lemon a distilled white vinegar for tang gave my vegan mayo recipe that perfect flavor.
However in this vegan remoulade, I swapped out the vinegar with pickle juice so that I could achieve the flavor I wanted.
What is the difference between aioli and remoulade?
Both recipes use mayo as a base. Aioli heavily relies on garlic as another main ingredient. There are many other aioli variations now, adding a variety of flavors, but the base of mayo and garlic stays the same.
Remoulade however uses other ingredients to get it's signature flavor. Things like pickles, green onions, mustard, hot sauce and lemon all help contribute.
How do you store vegan remoulade?
I store my sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also store it in a glass jar with an air tight lid. Depending on the ingredients, it may go bad faster. But since my recipe is all whole foods, and no dairy, it lasts a good amount of time.
How long can you keep remoulade sauce?
It lasts about 7-10 days, if you don't eat it before then. I also freeze mine. I put it in a glass container, then layer a piece of plastic wrap over the top making sure that it makes a seal with the sauce. Then put an airtight lid on. This keeps it from getting freezer burn!
How to Make Vegan Remoulade
This is as easy as dump and blend! I love how simple it is to make, but still keeps it on the healthier side.
- Blend all ingredients except the parsley, pickles and green onions.
- Pulse everything else in.
What does remoulade go well with?
For me, I can eat just about anything with a sauce! Whether I use it as a dip, pour it over greens as a dressing, or drizzle it over my meal...I'm all in. Here are some recipes and ideas on how to use this vegan remoulade:
- Vegan Zucchini Fritters
- Lentil Veggie Burger
- Veggie Rice Buddha Bowl
- As a dip for oven baked french fries
- Dip veggie tots inside
- Spread it on a sandwich
- Use it on this vegan Caesar salad instead of the Caesar dressing
- Dip veggies in it
Cajun Vegan Remoulade Sauce
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews (see note)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup pickle juice (straight from jar of pickles)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons stone ground mustard (see note)
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon sea salt , optional depending on salt level of pickles
- ½ cup sliced green onions
- ½ cup chopped pickles
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- Add the cashews, water, pickle juice, lemon, hot sauce, garlic, mustard and salt to a blender.
- Blend on high until smooth
- Add the onions, pickles and parsley to the blender.
- pulse until well chopped and incorporated.
- If you are not using a high speed blender, you can soak the cashews overnight, boil them for 30 minutes or grind the dry cashews into a fine powder using a coffee grinder (do not boil them for this method).
- Stone ground mustard gives the best flavor but you can also use dijon.
- I did not need extra salt but you may if your pickles are not very salty.
- Recipe makes 2 ½ cups. Serving size is 2 tablespoons.
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Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
I was skeptical at first, but this sauce turned out amazing! Definitely will make again!!
Thank you Marina! So happy you liked it!
Karen E Dyer
Absolutely Amazing!!! I wish I could drink it, but those cashews add up quickly. It tastes just like the remoulade my mom made for us during crawfish boils in Louisiana. I halved the recipe and ate it with some Yukon Gold potatoes steamed in Zatarain's Crab Boil seasoning. I used Dijon mustard and garlic and onion powder instead of garlic. Yum! Thank you!
Wow Karen! I am so thrilled you liked it. It means a lot coming from someone authentic!! Thank you so much for the great review!
Just curious, does this recipe call for sweet or dill pickles? I used sweet and it was really good. I'm going to use it as a dressing for potato salad.
Hi Bonnie! I used dill but you can definitely use sweet. I bet it was delicious! It would be great on potato salad. I also just posted this potato salad that's delicious as well: https://www.veggiesdontbite.com/vegan-potato-salad-recipe/
Sophia, I'm with you about sauce. It's sometimes hard to find my food under my sauce! Can't wait to try this. Thanks.
Haha!! Yep!! Hope you like it!
This sounds so good! How creative to use pickle juice instead of vinegar. I'm looking forward to giving this one a try.