Bursting with lemon and fresh garlic flavor, this creamy lemon aioli recipe has to be one of the freshest, tastiest aioli sauces ever! Slather it on a sandwich, on top of rice, burgers, or use it as a dipping sauce – whatever you choose, you’re going to LOVE it!
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Why you’ll love this easy aioli recipe
- Forget store bought, the FRESH lemon flavor in this homemade aioli is awesome!
- It’s SO quick and easy, you’ll have it ready in just 5 minutes!
- Made with only 5 ingredients, mayo, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a fresh garlic clove!
- A perfect sauce to liven up weeknight dinners, summer BBQs, and potlucks!
- This delicious recipe is 100% vegetarian and gluten free.
What ingredients do I need?
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below.
When I’m craving a fresh citrus taste in my mouth, I cut up a load of chunky veggies and whip up this lemon aioli, it’s like a taste of sunshine with every mouthful!
How to make lemon aioli with step by step instructions
Making our garlic lemon aioli recipe is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
In a medium bowl or measuring cup, add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and minced garlic, and stir until they are fully combined.
Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe notes and expert tips
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, lemon aioli will keep for up to a week.
What do you serve lemon aioli sauce with?
We love slathering it on a sandwich.
Drizzling it over air fryer asparagus.
Dollop it on a good veggie burger or vegan chicken burger.
Cut up chunky vegetables and dunk them right into this delicious thick sauce.
Do I have to use fresh lemon?
Absolutely you do! When making this recipe, you’re not only squeezing fresh lemon juice.
You’re also using fresh lemon zest.
You use a whole fresh lemon, apart from the seeds.
So, store bought lemon juice simply won’t make the grade.
If you haven’t got a fresh lemon at home, save the recipe for another day.
You’ll thank me later for this.
What is Lemon Aioli?
Aioli is traditionally made with olive oil and raw egg yolk.
It’s easy to see why mayonnaise is used as a quick substitute.
But they do taste a little different.
Aioli uses fresh lemon juice, whereas mayonnaise is made with vinegar.
But with all the will in the world, you don’t always have the time to make traditional aioli.
At the end of the day sometimes you don’t have the energy to make an egg mixture.
Or you may not even have any raw eggs to hand.
And we don’t think there’s any shame in grabbing a jar of mayonnaise to use instead!
What’s better is if you are looking for a way to use up homemade mayo.
This would make this aioli taste even better and make all the difference!
So, are we pretending that this is a true aioli recipe?
Nope, we are certainly not!
But it’s a quick, easy, and mightily delicious everyday quick aioli food tribute to it!
Make it vegan
It’s so easy to make our lemon aioli recipe vegan.
Simply use dairy-free mayonnaise. That’s it!
Mayonnaise is the only ingredient that’s not vegan!
How to store leftover lemon aioli
Lemon aioli stores well when stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
More easy aioli recipes for you to enjoy
If you love our lemon aioli recipe, then you should check out our other aioli recipes!
We hope you enjoy making and eating our homemade aioli recipe and would love to hear how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Lemon Aioli Recipe
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- 2 tsp Lemon zest
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- Kosher salt to taste
- In a medium mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic, and whisk to combine. Taste and season with salt and add more lemon juice or zest if required1 cup Mayonnaise, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp Lemon juice, 2 tsp Lemon zest, 1 clove Garlic, Kosher salt
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy your lemon aioli!
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, lemon aioli will keep for up to a week
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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