This Avocado Egg Salad Tip Is Perfect For Mayo Haters

There are some people who think adding mayo to a sandwich automatically makes it taste better. Then there are those who have an aversion to mayonnaise and its viscous texture, and would prefer dry bread to one slathered in the fatty spread. Surprisingly, about 20% of the American population is disgusted by mayonnaise, according to food sensory consultant Herbert Stone, who spoke to Popular Science.

Given that mayonnaise is a key ingredient in the comfort food staple egg salad, the likely French invention (per The Nibble) and ingenious combination of eggs and mayo is undoubtedly off-limits to mayo haters. However, it is possible to make a creamy, delicious egg salad without any mayonnaise at all, using one popular ingredient that is a fruit. Yes, you read that correctly: using this fruit to replace your mayonnaise in your egg salad (or even tuna salad, for that matter) can make the mix creamy and healthy and a sudden possibility for even mayo haters.

Avocado: the creamiest fruit in the grocery game

Since avocados are high in fat with a creamy texture, it's super simple to mash a ripe avocado up to replace the mayonnaise called for in your egg salad or tuna salad recipe. It doesn't hurt either that avocados have numerous health benefits like being full of potassium and antioxidants, and one new study even shows that eating the green fruit can lower cardiovascular disease.

So, if you have some mayo-phobic friends coming over but still want to serve an egg salad, just whip it up sans mayo and throw in a ripe avocado to stand in for the creamy texture. Make sure the avocado is ripe for the best results—one good hack to getting the ripest avocado at the grocery store is to look at the bottom of the pile. For those who want to reap the health benefits of eating an avocado while still enjoying an egg salad, check out our recipe that contains the best of both worlds.