Wonderfully creamy, and full of fresh basil flavor, pesto aioli is a winning dipping sauce. This beauty of a dip shines brightly on any table yet is SO easy to make. You’re going to love the reaction of your friends and family when you serve this tasty treat!
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Why you’ll love this easy aioli recipe
What ingredients do I need?
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below.
This is a pesto dip that tastes as good as it looks! So easy to make and always the first to be finished.
We LOVE making aioli.
It’s safe to say that we can’t get enough of these incredibly easy recipes.
Super simple, yet creamy, popping with flavor and such crowd pleasers.
Once you’ve tried this pesto aioli, then you MUST give our chipotle aioli, sriracha aioli, lemon aioli, and pizza aioli a try.
You won’t regret it
What do I serve pesto aioli with?
Our basil aioli is great used as a dipping sauce, dip pita bread, or raw vegetables in it.
Spread it on bruschetta as a tasty appetizer.
Drizzle it over air fryer asparagus and you’ll never want to eat asparagus in any different way.
We like to serve it as part of a buffet alongside ranch dressing, spicy Greek whipped feta dip, tzatziki, and chipotle aioli.
Mix it with pasta and add cherry tomatoes and you have a delicious lunch or light dinner.
Add a spoonful of pesto aioli to a veggie burger or dip a zucchini fritter in it.
We love it on a sweet baked potato and love nothing more than dunking our sweet potato fries in it.
We think you’re going to love our pesto aioli, no matter how you choose to eat it!
Aioli – what is it exactly?
Aioli is made with raw egg yolk and olive oil.
You’ll find that mayonnaise is used as a quick substitute but it’s not quite the same.
Mayonnaise uses vinegar whereas aioli uses lemon juice.
But we think that sometimes you just need to cut yourself some slack.
It’s far easier to just open a jar of olive oil mayo and quickly squeeze some lemon juice
Would homemade mayo be better?
Of course, it would, but this is an easy recipe, so we’ve used store bought.
So, while this is not a traditional aioli recipe, it’s still equally as tasty in our opinion and is far more than just pesto mayo.
Perfect make ahead dipping sauce
One of the (many) great things about this pesto aioli recipe, is that you can make it ahead.
And not only that, it’s actually better if you make it ahead.
Make it a day before you need it and store it covered in the fridge.
You’ll then give the flavors time to marinate, and this extra time is well worth it.
This then makes it the ideal party dip, great for game nights, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.
Store bought or homemade pesto?
If you are in a hurry and don’t have any homemade basil pesto or the time to get the blender or food processor out, then, by all means, use store bought.
However, if you’ve got 5 minutes, then making your own basil pesto is so easy and it tastes SO good.
That fresh basil flavor just can’t be beaten!
All you’ll need to make fresh basil pesto is vegetarian Parmesan cheese, fresh basil leaves, fresh garlic, toasted pine nuts, blanched almonds, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and extra virgin olive oil.
You can also freeze it, so make a batch and always have some when you need it.
How do I store it?
Our pesto aioli will keep for up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Recipe notes and expert tips
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How to make basil pesto aioli with step by step instructions
Making our basil pesto aioli recipe is easy if you follow our simple instructions.
In a medium bowl, add mayonnaise, basil pesto, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.
Stir thoroughly to combine.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Enjoy your basil pesto aioli!
We hope you enjoy making and eating our basil pesto 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.
Basil pesto aioli recipe
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp Basil pesto
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- Fine sea salt to taste
- In a mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, basil pesto, garlic, lemon juice, and salt, and stir thoroughly to combine. Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container in the fridge.1 cup Mayonnaise, 3 tbsp Basil pesto, 1 tbsp Lemon juice, Fine sea salt, 1 clove Garlic
Use fresh basil pesto, fresh garlic, and fresh lemon juice, and you’ll be rewarded with sensational flavors Make ahead
The flavors are even better when they have had the chance to marinate, so make it a day in advance Out of olive oil?
Use avocado oil or vegetable oil instead Storage
Keep in the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container
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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