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Avocado Aioli is a super flavorful dip or spread that jazzes up all types of recipes from Oven Fries to raw veggie sticks to sandwiches. Try our short-cut method to make your own homemade avocado aioli!
What Is Aioli Made of?
The name “aioli” literally means “garlic and oil” and originally comes from the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, and Italy. More recent versions of this French-Provençal sauce resemble a garlic mayonnaise, incorporating egg yolks and lemon juice.
After tinkering with various ways to make homemade aioli, we decided making aioli from scratch is HARD to get right. (Truth be told, we had several flops before a success.) That’s why we decided to take a short-cut and use the following basic ingredients, including pre-made real mayo.
Here is what you’ll need to make Avocado Aioli:
- Real mayonnaise
- Fresh lemon juice (or lime juice, to change it up)
- Minced fresh parsley (or cilantro, to change it up)
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
The avocado adds a creamy richness and lovely green color that brightens any dish. The garlic, lemon juice, and fresh parsley all add deep flavor that make this sauce a finger-licking experience.
Why Make Homemade Aioli?
One of the biggest challenges when trying to eat a real foods/whole foods diet is condiments! Most condiments are jam-packed with additives, preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, and many other mystery ingredients. When time allows, you’ll find that making your own condiments like BBQ sauce, salad dressings, and pesto is not only healthier, but they are must tastier too! This proved to be especially true with our aioli.
We did take a short-cut by using real mayonnaise in this recipe, so look for the one with the fewest ingredients or buy one in the health food section.
Does Aioli Have Dairy?
If you’re dairy-free like me, you may be wondering if aioli has dairy in it. Aioli is mayonnaise-based, which means it contains eggs and oil but NO dairy. Sometimes people think eggs are in the dairy group because they are near the milk and cheese at the store, but remember they come from chickens! 😉
But, do always check an aioli recipe and make sure it does not include sour cream, buttermilk, or cream in it to make sure it’s dairy-free. Our recipe below does not include any dairy.
What Should I Use Avocado Aioli On or With?
- Oven Roasted Steak Fries
- Roasted Asparagus (or your favorite roasted vegetables)
- Oven Fried Chicken Tenders – serve as a dip, along with your favorite BBQ sauce and Honey Mustard Sauce
- Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches
- Cheddar Chive Burgers
- A dip for chips or raw veggie sticks
- Topping on deli sandwiches
How to Make Avocado Aioli
You’ll be surprised at how easy homemade avocado aioli actually is to make. Simply use a food processor to combine all of the ingredients listed below in the recipe.
How Do I Store Homemade Aioli?
Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavor is better after it sits for 24 hours. Because of its mayonnaise base, we don’t recommend freezing it.
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- 1/2 large ripe Hass avocado
- 1/3 cup real mayonnaise (I like
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed or minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Blend all the ingredients until creamy in a small food processor or blender. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Flavor is better after it sits for 24 hours.
If you like this, here are some other homemade dips and condiments to try: