We are on a tight budget - so any Brand on sale cheaper than anything else, otherwise it is Black & Gold Mayonnaise. It is a luxury we rarely use, except in home made potato salad. B&G says “consume within 30 days” but we’ve gone over that and only used a quarter.
I used to make it with oil, egg yolk, vinegar, mustard & lemon juice - but the cup full of oil (about 3/4th of it) put me off it and the masses of hand beating too. B&G is 21% sugar - the oil (6%) is mostly replaced by Thickeners.
Mayo never finds its way into my basket - much prefer a home made dressing that usually consists of a semi-random combination of red wine or balsamic vinegar with a modicum of ev olive oil, cracked pepper, mustard, parmesan, lemon juice and whatever herbs are about …
I am with you about 80% of the time for salad dressing. When I want a real mayonnaise I make my own (EVOO and lemon juice emulsified with egg yolk). If in a hurry it’s Norganic soy mayo. Not because it is organic or soy but because I like the flavour and it is a stable emulsion that will take the addition of additives and not split.
You can always add sugar, or honey I personally can’t stand sweetness like that - I like the taste-bud assaulting-ness of the vinegar, coupled with cracked pepper and/or hot english mustard. I wonder how blended anchovies would go?
For regular use, we usually buy Aldi’s Colway brand Real (preferred) or Lite Mayo. Because after a few uses the squeezable pack is difficult to use I now tend to buy the 480g glass jar, which is also slightly better value unit price wise.
For Japanese meals we have started to use Kewpie (Japanese brand made in Thailand) which comes in a very flexible squeezable pack. However, it’s very expensive compared with Aldi’s Colway brand. It contains some mustard, so adding a bit of mustard to the Colway brand might produce a cheaper and acceptable substitute. Have not tried that yet.