Pesto Aioli

Pesto aioli is a refreshing and tangy dip with flavors of basil, pine nuts and garlic coming through. It’s a great dip and sauce for sandwiches, vegetables and pasta.

Creamy esto aioli served with hot bread

Pesto

We tend to make our own pesto because it’s so easy to make at home and it’s so much more flavorful, fresh and rich than store-bought pesto. We definitely recommend trying this out, but if you don’t have so much time on your hands, you can always use store-bought pesto. If you’re using store-bought pesto, then add a cup of mayo to each cup of pesto.

pesto in the blender

What is pesto aioli?

Aioli means “garlic and oil”. As the name suggests, it is made from garlic, olive oil, salt, and eggs.

Pesto aioli is the two sauces, pesto and aioli, mixed together. The flavor profile is fresh from the basil and pine nuts in the pesto, as well as earthy from the garlic flavor running through the aioli.

How can I store pesto aioli?

If you’re storing your aioli and pesto separately, then aioli stores for approximately 2-3 days in the fridge in an airtight container and pesto stores for 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. So, we suggest storing them separately. However, you can store pesto aioli for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge at most.

How can I use pesto aioli?

There’s a lot that you can do with pesto aioli. Use it as a:
◦ Sandwich sauce, e.g. in a baguette with mozzarella and tomatoes
◦ Salad dressing
◦ Side sauce for veggies
◦ Pasta sauce

If you like this recipe, check out our other aioli recipes

Pesto aioli as seen from the top served with hot

In this recipe, we’re making a quicker version of aioli using mayonnaise, but you can also make aioli from scratch. Check out this recipe if you’d like to make it from scratch.

Pesto Aioli

Pesto aioli is a refreshing and tangy dip with flavors of basil, pine nuts and garlic coming through. It's a great dip and sauce for sandwiches, vegetables and pasta.

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Cuisine
Mediterranean

Servings
8

Calories
223 kcal

Prep time
10 minutes

Cook time
0 minutes

Total time
10 minutes

Ingredients

    Aioli

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 6 cloves minced garlic
    • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard

    Pesto

    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 ounces basil
    • 1.7 ounces parmesan
    • 2 ounces pine nuts
    • 150 ml olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients for the pesto in a food processor or blender and blend until well-combined.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the aioli to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Mix pesto and aioli together in a 1:1 ratio and serve (we recommend serving with hot bread!)

Notes

  • To save time when making recipes that use garlic, we recommend using garlic paste. One teaspoon of garlic paste is the equivalent of one clove of garlic.

Nutrition

  • Calories 223 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 1.8 g | 
  • Protein 3.2 g | 
  • Fat 23.7 g | 
  • Saturated fat 4.2 g | 
  • Cholesterol 4.3 mg | 
  • Sodium 107.4 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.8 g | 
  • Sugar 0.1 g |