Hold the Mayo: 8+ Ways to Have a Mayo-Free Summer

Try these healthy, mayo-free summer sides that’ll please the mayo haters, lighten things up a bit, and keep your picnic spread safe sans refrigeration.
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While I pride myself on my willingness to eat pretty much anything, I’ll admit it: I hate mayonnaise. I inherited the mayo-averse gene from my father, who literally cannot stand the sight of this condiment. I’m more forgiving, but I still opt for mustard on my sandwiches, vinaigrette-style dressings, and mayo-free versions of picnic staples like coleslaw and potato salad.

Even if you love mayo, there are some risks to leaving dishes made with it out in the sun for too long. So try these healthy, mayo-free summer sides that’ll please the mayo haters, lighten things up a bit, and keep your picnic spread safe sans refrigeration.

Brighten and lighten up potato salad with vibrant pesto in lieu of mayo (pictured above).

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Bobby Flay's Coleslaw with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

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Bobby Flay’s coleslaw is tossed with a tangy cumin-lime vinaigrette.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Rachael Ray serves her Dijon vinaigrette-dressed pasta salad in crunchy lettuce cups.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This German-style potato salad eschews mayo in favor of mustard and white wine vinegar.

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Pack up this colorful pasta salad for kids and it’ll be safe to eat all day, even if school or camp doesn’t have a fridge.

Fans of creamy pasta salads, swap in reduced-fat sour cream.

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Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Toss broccoli salad with a citrusy vinaigrette.

Tweak your family’s favorite pasta or potato salad with any of these mayo-free alternatives like hummus and Greek yogurt.

Head to Food Network's Grilling Central for more recipes and ideas.

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