Vegan Tartar Sauce

Vegan Tartar Sauce is so quick and easy to make, you’ll wonder why you’ve been busy those expensive store-bought versions. It’s dairy free, tangy, and wonderfully creamy, and perfect for dipping vegetables or fresh bread.


  • Traditionally a dip served with fried fish, tartar sauce has many uses that are meat free!
  • Vegan Tartar sauce is really just a creamy dill dip, and so it goes beautifully with fresh vegetables, chunks of bread, chips, fries, or anything else that you like to dip.
  • It will take you less than five minutes to whip up this homemade sauce. Don’t go to the grocery store for tartar sauce, make it at home and save some money!
  • There are many vegetarian and vegan fish substitute products out there that would be delicious with this sauce. Use this with your favorite fish-like food, or your favorite vegan “fish” recipe.


  • Choose your favorite brand of vegan mayo for this. I’ve used both the Hellman’s version and the Chosen Foods vegan mayo with great results, and I think that any vegan mayo will be totally delicious.
  • Either dill relish or sweet pickle relish work equally well in tartar sauce. Using sweet relish will add a little bit of sweetness to the sauce, while dill relish makes it more savory.
  • Fresh lemon juice is always the best option.
  • Fresh dill is amazing in this sauce, and you can use any extra in salads or sandwiches throughout the week.
  • Add as much salt and pepper (or as little) as you like.
  • Store your sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. It should stay fresh for 3-5 days. I find that since this recipe is so quick and simple, I typically make it right when I need it.
top view photo of a bowl of vegan tarter sauce with fresh dill on top, and a kitchen towel, fresh dill, and a whisk below the bowl. There is a wooden bowl and freshly squeezed lemon above the bowl.


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Vegan Tartar Sauce

Vegan Tarter Sauce is so quick and easy to make, you'll wonder why you've been busy those expensive store-bought versions. It's dairy free, tangy, and wonderfully creamy, and perfect for dipping vegetables.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Syrups and Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 141 kcal


  • 1 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 tbsp Pickle Relish either sweet or dill
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, add in the vegan mayo and pickle relish.
  • Juice a lemon and add lemon juice to the bowl.
    top view photo of a clear bowl with vegan mayo, pickle relish, and freshly squeezed lemon juice, in the bowl and ready to be mixed. Below the bowl is fresh dill, a whisk, and a kitchen towel. Above the bowl is a squeezed lemon slice and a wooden bowl.
  • Add in the fresh dill and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well and store in an airtight container for up to one week.


  • Using sweet pickle relish with add a sweetness to your sauce, while dill relish will be more savory. 
Keyword vegan tarter sauce
pinterest photo of vegan tarter sauce with carrots, lemons, dill, and a whisk in the photo surrounding the tarter sauce, in a wood bowl

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