Pesto Aioli Recipe

LAST UPDATED: May 06, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 15, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This quick and simple basil aioli is a pesto mayo dip and spread that’s perfect for burgers, fries, grilled vegetables and all of your dipping needs. The easiest pesto aioli with just four simple ingredients, this flavorful basil sauce is ready in less than five minutes.

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It’s time to take burgers, grilled cheeses, fries and more up a notch with Pesto Aioli! The fresh vibrant flavor of pesto blended into the ultimate condiment!

I am a huge fan of aioli of all kinds, because they are so creamy and flavorful – and they are so tasty as dips! My Truffle Aioli was such a huge hit and this super easy pesto version has been just as popular with friends and family.

The bright green color and flavor of basil is the perfect summertime flavor addition to so many of our favorite dishes. I love homemade pesto… it’s just the most fresh, vibrant flavor to add to so many things! I’ve shared pesto pasta, pesto chicken, pesto cheese dip, and even a pesto cheeseball!

Basil aioli is full of fresh and summery lemon, garlic and basil character and I know you’re going to enjoy it as much as we do! I love to dip my fries in this aioli – using it like a basil garlic sauce, and it’s equally good on top of my favorite sliders.

I love how creamy and vibrant this sauce is! The basil leaves add a wonderful freshness to whatever you add it too! It’s great as a spread for a sandwich and I love tossing fresh pasta in it for a delicious quick meal. However you use it, I promise that you’ll be making it again!

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Pesto Aioli Ingredients

You just need four simple ingredients!

  • Basil Leaves – Fresh and with the stems removed
  • Mayonnaise – A high quality mayonnaise offers the best flavor
  • Garlic -You can use fresh or even jarred pre-minced garlic if you prefer.
  • Lemon Juice – Use fresh if possible or substitute with 100% Lemon Juice purchased in the produce aisle of your grocer.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste.
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Variations

  • Experiment with Herbs – Try adding different herbs to this recipe like cilantro, mint or parsley.
  • Add Nuts – Pine nuts or walnuts work really well

How to Make Basil Aioli

You just need a blender (a traditional blender is fine but an immersion blender works great as well!) and five minutes!

Looking inside a food processor, making basil aioli.
Looking inside a food processor, making basil aioli.
Looking inside a food processor, making pesto aioli.
Looking inside a food processor, making pesto aioli.
Looking inside a food processor, making pesto mayo.
Looking inside a food processor, making pesto mayo.
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  1. Put of all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse for 3 minutes, occasionally scraping the sides down, until smooth.

Recipe Variations

If you’d like, you can add some savory toasted pine nuts to your basil aioli. Pine nuts will give you the extra texture and flavor of a traditional pesto sauce! 

You can also add a touch of parmesan cheese to your pesto mayo!

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What’s The Best Mayonnaise For Pesto Mayo?

You can use your favorite brand of mayonnaise, I like to use one made with olive oil as I find it much more flavorful. This dip is all about bold and vibrant flavors, so be sure to use the best quality ingredients you can; super fresh basil leaves and fresh lemon juice will make all the difference.

If you’d like to whip up your own mayonnaise for your pesto mayo, it’s surprisingly simple to do so! You’ll simply add a few extra ingredients to this basil aioli recipe to create an entirely scratch aoili.

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If making this pesto mayo from scratch you’ll add the following items to this recipe to use instead of the store bought mayo listed.

How to Make Mayo

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  1. Pulse to combine along with the ingredients listed in the printable recipe below.
  2. Turn processor on and slowly pour in olive oil mixed with the vegetable oil. Process until aioli forms, about a minute. Turn processor off, scrap sides, process again until combined.
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How to Store

Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container or covered for up to 1 week refrigerated.

What to Serve With Pesto Aioli

This aioli is perfect on so many things! I love to include it as part of my Burger Bar alongside all of the other condiments and burger toppings. It’s great for dipping, spreading and drizzling – try it with these recipes:

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Tips

  • Marinate – Make the pesto dip a day in advance and keep covered in the fridge.
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Pesto Aioli Recipe

Julie Blanner
Pesto aioli is great as a dip, tossed with pasta or topping burgers!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 98 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Put of all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  • Pulse for 3 minutes, occasionally scraping the sides down, until smooth.
  • Transfer to an air tight container or covered bowl and refrigerate until needed.

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Notes

Substitutions / Ingredient Notes

  • Mayonnaise – Olive oil mayonnaise is best, but you can use your favorite mayonnaise or make your own (see below). Avoid Miracle Whip.
  • Garlic – Use fresh or pre-minced garlic in a jar.
  • Lemon Juice – Use fresh if possible or substitute with 100% Lemon Juice purchased in the produce aisle of your grocer.

Variations

  • Experiment with Herbs – Try adding different herbs to this recipe like cilantro, mint or parsley.
  • Add Nuts – Pine nuts or walnuts work really well

How to Make Mayonnaise

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  1. Pulse to combine along with the ingredients listed in the printable recipe below.
  2. Turn processor on and slowly pour in olive oil mixed with the vegetable oil. Process until aioli forms, about a minute. Turn processor off, scrap sides, process again until combined.

Tips

  • Marinate – Make the pesto dip a day in advance and keep covered in the fridge.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container or covered for up to 1 week refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories:98kcalCarbohydrates:1gProtein:1gFat:11gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:6mgSodium:93mgPotassium:9mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:167IUVitamin C:2mgCalcium:7mgIron:1mg
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