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This Cilantro Lime Aioli is a creamy, lime-infused, dairy-free sauce that will transform any Tex Mex dish, especially tacos!
The key to creating restaurant-quality food is often in the sauces. This easy-to-make aioli, which is simply a flavored mayonnaise, adds cool creaminess, a hint of lime, and complexity from the garlic and cilantro to all kinds of dishes.
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Why Make Homemade Aioli?
One of the biggest challenges when trying to eat a real foods/whole foods diet is condiments! Most store-bought 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 this real mayonnaise in this recipe, so look for the one with the fewest ingredients or buy one in the health food section.
What Is Cilantro Lime 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 our unique version of Cilantro Lime Aioli:
- Real mayonnaise – I like Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil.
- Avocado – We loved the color, richness, and nutrition this ingredient adds!
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh lime juice and zest
- Fresh cilantro
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
How to Make Cilantro Lime 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.
What Should I Use Cilantro Lime Aioli On or With?
- Our Carnitas for sure!
- Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps
- Fish Tacos
- A dip for chips or raw veggie sticks
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- 1/2 large ripe Hass avocado
- 1/3 cup real mayonnaise (I like Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil)
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste
- Optional: 1-3 drops hot sauce
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Blend all the ingredients until creamy in a small food processor or blender. Taste and add more seasoning, if desired. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Flavor is better after it sits for 24 hours.