I was making the family some turkey sandwiches one day and I wanted to do something a little different than the usual mustard or mayonnaise. I decided to make this Basil Aioli with is super easy to make.
💭 What is Aioli
Aioli is a creamy sauce very similar to mayonnaise. The major difference between the two is that Aioli is typically made of garlic, salt, and olive oil while mayonnaise is made from egg yolks and canola oil. While similar in appearance, the flavor profile of each is very different.
When making this aioli I usually just whisk everything together in a small bowl until it's nice and creamy. Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients in a food processor and puree till smooth. I hate cleaning my food processor so I make mine by hand.
Whenever I cook and need lemon juice I prefer to use fresh lemons. Since I have a lemon tree at home I always have some on-hand.
Since one lemon can yield anywhere between 3 and 5 tablespoons of lemon juice, you might find it a bit wasteful since this recipe only calls for ½ teaspoon.
You can either freeze the rest in an ice cube tray or put the lemons in your garbage disposal.
Besides putting aioli on your favorite sandwich, you can also use it on grilled salmon, vegetables or even chicken. Actually, it goes well with just about everything so go ahead and experiment with it.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Easy Basil Aioli recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Fresh Basil, Garlic Cloves, Lemon Juice, Yellow Mustard and Mayonnaise.
🥣 How to make Basil Aioli
In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and basil with the lemon juice, yellow mustard and mayonnaise.
Let the sauce sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. This will allow all the flavors to meld. You can use it immediately, but the longer you let it sit in the refrigerator, the more flavorful it will be.
Easy Basil Aioli
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Basil, very finely chopped
- 1 small Garlic Clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Yellow Mustard
- ⅓ Cup Mayonnaise
- In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and basil with the lemon juice, yellow mustard and mayonnaise.
- Let the sauce sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. This will allow all the flavors to meld. You can use it immediately, but the longer you let it sit in the refrigerator, the more flavorful it will be.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.