Pesto Aioli Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Mar 30, 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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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.

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To Make This Pesto Aioli Recipe You Will Need:

You just need four simple ingredients!

  • Basil leaves: Fresh and with the stems removed
  • Mayonnaise: A good quality one
  • Garlic: You can use fresh or even the jarred pre-minced garlic if you prefer. Just make sure you’re watching your measurements on the pre-minced kind so you don’t go overboard in comparison to traditional garlic cloves!
  • Lemon juice: Use fresh, not the bottled stuff- such a flavor improvement!
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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How to Make This Basil Aioli Recipe

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

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

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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Can You Make This Basil Sauce Recipe Ahead Of Time?

You can easily make this pesto and mayonnaise dip ahead of time. Once you have blended the ingredients, transfer it to an air tight container or covered bowl and refrigerate. You can make it about a day ahead of time and if you don’t use it all, it will keep for another couple of days covered in the fridge.

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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:

  • 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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Basil Sauce Is An Easy Way To Add Flavor

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!

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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Top Tips To Make This Basil Aioli Recipe

  • Use the best quality and freshest ingredients you can.
  • Make the pesto dip a day in advance and keep covered in the fridge.
  • Try adding different herbs to this recipe like cilantro, mint or parsley.

Check Out These Other Tasty Sauce and Dip Recipes

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Pesto Aioli Recipe

Pesto aioli is great as a dip, tossed with pasta or topping burgers!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 8
Calories: 98kcal

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.

Notes

  • Use the best quality and freshest ingredients you can.
  • Make the pesto dip a day in advance and keep covered in the fridge.
  • Try adding different herbs to this recipe like cilantro, mint or parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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