Hellmanns Olive Oil Mayonnaise Review

February 24, 2021   60 Comments

Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise is one of those products that has me scratching my head.

Hellmanns Olive Oil Mayonnaise Review

I don’t use a lot of mayonnaise in my recipes - check out my homemade Caesar salad dressing with no mayo and my egg salad with Greek yogurt and dill sandwich (I only use 1 tablespoon of mayo in this recipe).

But, I am always hoping for the holy grail of food products. My ultimate mayonnaise is one that tastes delicious and is calorie free. HA!

Mayonnaise is traditionally made with oil, egg yolk, and maybe some lemon juice or mustard depending on what you like. It is a pretty simple recipe really and one that I have never attempted. I just buy my mayo at the store - and I usually buy Hellmann’s.

I decided to review this mayonnaise because I am always looking for improvements. My assumption was that Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise was using olive oil as THE oil in the mayo and that sounded awesome. But, alas, they are still using soybean oil in the mayonnaise.

Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise Ingredients:

water, soybean oil, olive oil, whole eggs and egg yolks, modified potato starch, sugar, distilled vinegar, salt, lemon juice concentrate, sorbic acid and calcium disodium EDTA, natural flavor, paprika extract

Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise Nutrition Facts:

For one tablespoon = 60 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 125 mg sodium, 2 Green, 2 Blue, 2 Purple WW SmartPts

You can see the added potato starch versus the regular mayonnaise ingredients.

Regular Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Ingredients:

soybean oil, water, whole eggs and egg yolks, distilled vinegar, salt, sugar, lemon juice concentrate, calcium disodium EDTA, natural flavors

Regular Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Nutrition Facts:

For one tablespoon = 90 calories, 10 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 90 mg sodium, 3 Green, 3 Blue, 3 Purple WW SmartPts

I will say that Hellmann’s olive oil mayo does taste like the regular mayo except a little sweeter. If you are looking to cut calories without sacrificing much - this is a good product,

But if you are looking for Hellmann’s mayonnaise without soybean oil because you are allergic or avoiding soy - your only choice is Hellmann’s Canola Oil Mayonnaise.

Hellmann’s Canola Oil Mayonnaise Ingredients:

water, canola oil, modified food starch, sugar, eggs, distilled vinegar, salt, sugar, lemon juice concentrate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, natural flavor, extractives of paprika, vitamin E, beta-carotene

Hellmann’s Canola Oil Mayonnaise Nutrition Facts:

For one tablespoon = 40 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 115 mg sodium, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Purple WW SmartPts

So, what Hellmann's did was add water and starch to reduce calories of the canola oil version. I am not sure why they did this but they manage to cut the calories in this version to less than half their regular product.

How did it taste? I found myself spooning mayonnaise into my mouth this morning (the things I do for this website!) and I noticed that the lower fat version tasted sweeter and less flavorful.

Then, I used both of them to make my favorite snack and I found myself slathering more of the low fat version to make it taste better. You see, if you water down mayonnaise it will lack what mayo is supposed to have - awesome flavor!

You know, the problem isn't that full fat mayo is calorific. The problem is we use to much of it on everything!

A few mayonnaise tricks:

  • Ask for light mayonnaise when you order a sandwich (you won't notice the difference)
  • mix your mayonnaise with much lower calorie mustard for a spread
  • measure out how much you are using on your food

Remember one teaspoon of regular mayonnaise is only 30 calories.

If you can get the serving size of mayonnaise down to a reasonable amount, then you don't have to give up the good stuff! And, you won't be spending $4.80 on watered down, starched filled, pseudo mayo.

I think Hellmann’s olive oil mayo is a good version of mayo and would not be opposed to using it all the time. It tastes more like actual mayo as opposed to the canola oil version.

Have you tried Hellmann’s olive oil mayo? What did you think of it?

For an easy snack I slap a little mayonnaise on a slice of whole grain bread, slice up some tomato, and shake some salt on the concoction. So yummy and very good for you as you are eating fruit, whole grain, and just a wee bit of mayo.

The key is to use about 1/2 teaspoon of mayonnaise which allows the tomato to shine. I love tomatoes.

Tomato & Mayo Snack Recipe

2.3 from 23 reviews

Makes 1 servings
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min

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2 thick slices of fresh tomato
1 slice 100% Whole Grain bread
1 teaspoon mayonnaise


Toast bread and slather on mayonnaise. Add slice of tomato, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

One serving: 135 calories, 3.7 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 22.4 g carbohydrates, 4.1 g sugar, 5.3 g protein, 3.4 g fiber, 141 mg sodium, 4 Green, 4 Blue, 4 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Add a little black pepper and you have my FAVORITE summer sandwich! The tomatoes have to be grown in dirt, though. I'm extremely picky about tomatoes. No hot-house or hydroponic or sand-grown tomatoes for me. Hello, my name is Joann and I'm a tomato snob...

I tried the olive oil Hellmann's and think they should stop manufacturing it. The taste is incomparable to the original mayonnaise. I don't really use that much mayonnaise anymore, so the calorie content doesn't bother me.

If you are a true vegan and you still want mayo, try Veganease (not sure if that is spelled quite right) but it is very tasty and is made with no eggs. I love it and use it all the time.

Shame on Hellman's for misleading people. That jar should say Made with Soybean Oil. But then that wouldn't sound as healthy.

Who needs the mayo? Tomatoes taste so good on their own. I just add pepper! Yummy :-)

Did you happen to look at the difference between regular Hellmann's and Hellmann's with olive oil (NOT the reduced fat) kind?

oh, i'm no help here - i've always hated mayo! however, i do love heirloom tomatoes at their peak of freshness in the summer! those babies are so good, i eat them like apples!

I adore the taste of homegrown,fresh Jersey Beefsteaks on Wonder White (although I know that Whole Wheat is better for me)with MAYO!!!! and of course salt and pepper!!. Now this is Summer to me!

My favorite snack is tomatoes from the garden sliced up and topped with lowfat cottage cheese and salt/pepper. Sometimes, I also add basil.

Oh so good!

Add a slice of cucumber and this is MY favorite summer treat.

Good Work Snack Girl!!

I had to make homemade mayo in a food science class in college. It was one of the nastiest things I've ever put in my mouth. The whole class turned out like that. Not at all creamy like the store bought version.

the Kraft reduced fat mayo with Olive Oil lists both Olive oil and Canola oil before soybean oil, so that has been the choice in this house (healthy fats #winning )

I am a miracle whip fan...what's your thoughts on the light version

Hey Lisa, I think your math is slipping. Either that or you aren't calling Hellmans "real" mayonase. You said a Tbs of Hellmans has 90 calories, then later you said 1 tsp of regular mayo is 19 calories. Wouldn't that be 30 cal?

Just trying to clarify, not be a pain.

i GREW UP on tomato sandwiches! we were southern, poor, had our own garden... that was good eats, all summer long! that and fried (i know, i know) squash. slice thin, shake in a bag with some flour salt and pepper, lightly fry in a pan. ah, food nostalgia.

Hellman's (sold East of the Rockies) mayonnaise is the same as Best Foods mayonnaise sold elsewhere. It says so on my Best Foods jar. Both are sold here in Arizona. As far as slathering two slices of bread with 1 tsp. of mayo....NO WAY!! :-)

@Shanna - you should know I don't know how to divide by 3! oops. I fixed it - thanks for the help. Sometimes, I wish for an editor.

love it, but good tomato is hard to come "buy". & they cost a lot to buy. gardening is not for me.

I agree with hautemomNC.. I actually like the Kraft stuff with olive oil. I don't notice the difference. Great snack!

I like full-fat Best Food's mayo (Hellman's is called Best Foods on the West coast) mixed with plain greek yogurt for things like dips, salads, etc. Add a little dijon and you don't need much mayo.

my tomatoes barely make it off the vine in my garden before i devour them. i wait very impatiently for them to ripen every year. ;) Yep, i eat them like apples, too. i love them in sammies with mayo... and bacon... and turkey... and lettuce! i never thought about them as a snack just plain and simple like this, though... thanks for the great idea!

greek yogurt instead of mayo try it is works

I use mayo sparingly, but I always use the real thing, not the lo-cal crap that has all kinds of things that mayo should not have (as you pointed out).

Here in Canada, we have Hellman's olive oil mayo, regular version. I haven't seen the lo-cal olive oil mayo here and even if I did, I wouldn't buy it.

BTW, when my younger son (now almost 16) was 4-5 years old, he spent every Friday at his grandma's and lunch was often a toasted tomato sandwich. Good times he still remembers though Nanny is no longer with us.

We often had toasted tomato sandwiches for breakfast when we were kids --still love it.

I like to use olive oil instead of mayo or butter.

I grew up on Tomato sandwiches on white bread with my grandmother. They always grew them fresh when she was still alive and they were sliced and eaten along every thing including eggs and bacon in the morning. She hated mayo and opted for miracle whip which I loved when I was younger but since have switched to mayo and I very much like the Hellman's olive oil mayo...I use the regular...I also have not seen the low fat version yet.

Thanks for looking into this snack girl, I totally would've just bought the kind made w olive oil without looking at the ingredients and just assumed that it was healthy since olive oil is good for you... I'm glad I have u to do what I should be doing when I go shopping!

I have never been a regular mayo eater - prefer Miracle Whip on the rare occasion I use it at all. But a friend introduced me to an incredibly good treat - one slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter and a swipe of mayo, topped with thick slices of homegrown tomatoes - yum-m-m! Only works with the good, homegrown variety of tomatoes, not store-bought. I thought it sounded gross when I first saw her eating one, but then I tasted it and was convinced it was the ultimate treat for using fresh tomatoes. Doesn't work without the mayo.

I agree with some of the other comments. I tried the Hellmann's and the Kraft varieties and found Kraft to be far superior in flavor. Although I don't generally use mayo, this is my variety of choice in my household.

I tried it and found it DISGUSTING. It is WAY too sweet. I'm sick of food that seems to be test marketed to children.

I, too, buy Hellman's real mayonnaise. I think that your observation that one uses more of the reduced calorie stuff is true of salad dressings also. Just buy the real thing and use a reasonable amount.

I agree with Laurel. I don't like the Hellmann's with olive oil. I don't really care for any of the light mayos. I made up a recipe using no fat plain Greek yogurt, a little cider vinegar, splenda, and a touch of salt and pepper for things like potato salad, broccoli salad, etc. but when I don't use that much mayo either, so when I have a sandwich I want the real thing.

My household only uses Hellmans and has for 45 years. The past few years we have noticed it doesn't taste quite the same, so when the new Olive Oil Mayo came out, I tried it hoping it would have more flavor. I didn't notice any difference with the flavor. I decided to make potato salad and used Hellman's with Olive Oil....GREAT MISTAKE. The potato salad was so watery I could not serve it.....It's back to Real Hellman's Mayo.

Brandywine are great. German strawberry not so much. They sure made a beautiful salad, though. Just tried Hellmans regular with Olive Oil. The jury is still out. I love to grow tomatoes of all kinds. You just can't compare sun warm cherry tomatoes eaten in the garden (totally organic).

Bottom line: Make your own mayonnaise. The following URL has the recipe I started using when I started the "Whole 30" (paleo variant) regimen. I am...not great in the kitchen and it takes me a few minutes. Just last night, I looked at the "olive oil mayo" ingredients and was again disappointed. Funny for me to say, as I am lazy...but make your own.

Can Hellmans mayonnaise with olive oil be used in a chocolate mayonnaise cake?

The mayo with canola oil is awful and your company had been my favorite for years

I have eight Hellman's mayonnaise my whole life I'm 57 my mother used her whole life her mother used it.

Don't know what you all changed about but I cannot eat it anymore it taste nasty doesn't even look the same.

Goodbye Hellman's mayonnaise

I see you use Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayonnaise, which still has soybean oil in it. What's the use in doing that? I am a breast cancer survivor and I have had to cut ALL SOY products out of my diet. Hellmann's came up with so many types of Mayonnaise but still refuses to cut the soybean oil. What's with that?? I even wrote to them. They just don't get it.


Why oh why is there sugsr in the mayo?

Has anyone tried any of the avocado mayos or vegan ones found in the refrigerated section? Curious about those

I hate the fact that American food producers try to sneak sugar into everything. Mayonaise is super easy to make using a stick blender. Make it at home using whatever oil you prefer, use way less, and ditch all of the questionable ingredients. It really is delicious.

I love you,Snack Girl. Please post a video of "slathering" one teaspoon of mayonnaise on two slices of bread. I will now mop up the coffee I snorted into my keyboard.


Here's a link to super easy mayonnaise (I know, it has 2 "ns") with no bad stuff added:…

I live in Nashville where Duke's Mayo is king. They have a light version, 50 calories, very thick and rich. I prefer it over the Hellmann's Olive Oil, it's excellent. But then I'm also a Miracle Whip lover, and I do use the Light Miracle Whip, not nearly as good as Duke's but it's only 20 calories per tablespoon. It works well in recipes that doesn't focus on the pure flavor.

Lucky me to live in SW Florida where giant heirloom tomatoes are at my local farmer's market - and now in my kitchen! Love to slice and dice them for caprese' salads with basil, and tomato sandwiches too. I'll have to try my next one with a teaspoon of mayo - doesn't seem like enough. I love 'em with BLT's - that's where most of my mayo seems to go - on Sunday mornings. Thank you for sharing your review of Hellman's. Here in the South we love our Blue Plate mayo or Duke's - it's tough deciding between those two...soooo yummy!




My comments are merely about the mayo...I tried Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise as during the beginning of the Pandemic I couldn't get the Canola Mayo which was my go to...I thought the Olive Oil was gross...I'm a Canola Mayo girl BUT I found Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt...I now rarely use any mayo but use my Greek's creamy and I just love picky housemate hasn't realized I'm not using mayo anymore so it's a win win.


I've tried the Olive Oil Hellmanns, but was disappointed they use soybean oil as well. Taste was okay. Canola oil is from rapeseed, and I don't like that in my mayo either. It really isn't that difficult to make your own mayo (oil of choice, dash salt, mustard, egg).

I like Best Foods Light Mayo.

Wish Helmans would bring back their Balsamic Mayonnaise

Hellman's Olive oil mayo is a scam, the primary ingredient is soybean oil, exactly what I was trying to get away from.

Not true. Read the label and it had soybean oil.

Have you ever tried The Ojai Cook's Lemonaise? It's got not only a zingy lemon undercurrent, but mustard seeds. Really good, not as a substitute for Hellman's, but for a switch, once in a while.

Does anyone know if they just recently started adding vitamin E to the olive oil version of Hellmann’s mayonnaise? I’ve always liked the taste of it but I have an allergy to vitamin E and I’ve recently just discovered that it’s because of the mayonnaise! I never noticed it before so wondering if it’s a new thing?

Any olive oil mayonnaise, barf- food Nazi’s taking over the world….

What's worse than soybean oil? Don't kid yourself, canola oil is worse; it's made from rapeseed. Look that up! I wish Hellmann's would put JUST olive oil in their mayo. I used to love their mayo until I read what was in it.

The first thing my oncologist explained to me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, was to avoid soy and that includes soybean oil. She explained that soy turns to estrogen in the body and estrogen “feeds” the cancer. So why doesn’t Hellman’s figure that out. Give up the soybean oil and I will buy their mayonnaise. Until then, forget about it.

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