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Pesto Aioli

This creamy pesto aioli is a fantastic side dish or dip to serve with Mediterranean dishes. It comes together in less than 5 minutes, and only requires 5 ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: aioli, garlic, healthy, lemon, mayonnaise, pesto
Servings: 4
Calories: 239kcal
Author: Tonje


  • ½ cup mayonnaise (150 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ lemon (juice only)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • This process is super fast, and really easy. First, you have to very finely grate your garlic with a microplane.
  • Add the garlic, along with pesto, mayonnaise, a pinch of salt and the juice from ½ lemon to a small bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Give the pesto aioli a taste, and add more garlic, lemon or salt to taste.
  • Serve the sauce immediately, or store it in a refrigerator.


  • As the pesto is responsible for the majority of the flavor, I recommend you use a brand you really like, or your favorite homemade recipe.
  • The garlic can be quite intrusive if it’s added in large pieces, so make sure to grate it very finely, or use pureed garlic. You can also omit the garlic if you use garlic mayo!
  • You can store any leftover pesto aioli in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg