How to Make Avocado Aioli
Avocado aioli sounds like ravioli. But it’s far from it! There aren’t any delicious pockets encasing anything in aioli. It is most often used as a dip, sandwich, or wrap dressing. Though, as with many of those things, it can be used for much more.
Traditional aioli is made with mayo, garlic, and oil. The thing is, there are a good amount of people that do not like mayonnaise. I do, occasionally. In small amounts. Too much is definitely disgusting. Anyway, I’m not here to gross anyone out! I’m here to provide you with a very popular alternative! Avocado aioli!
Instead of using mayonnaise (which you could still add if you do enjoy the flavor), we will be substituting in avocado. Avocados, when mashed, are nice and creamy, almost like mayonnaise. So, they make a wonderful substitute and offer a variety of nutrients.
So, What Do I Need?
If you don’t have a food processor, don’t fret. You can still (quite easily) make avocado aioli. I don’t have a food processor. When I mash my avocados, I use a knife to slice them in half, twisting the core out. I then grab a big spoon that doesn’t bend easily and scoop the innards into a bowl. Then, I use the back of the same part of the spoon I scooped with to mash the avocado to a desirable, creamy paste!
For a single serving, start with:
- 1 avocado
- 1.5 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- 1 tsp of black pepper
- 1/2 or 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
- 1/2 lime, for juice
- 1/2 lemon, for juice
With all fresh ingredients (minus the salt and pepper) your taste buds will have a party! I’ve used cheap, bottled lemon juice with my homemade guacamole and it just didn’t taste quite right. It’s better for the environment (though I’m no environmentalist) to use fresh lemons and limes than plastic juice bottles. It’s also a little cheaper or around the same price of one small bottle, so live a little (at least for this recipe)!
Okay, I Have Everything. Now What?
If you have everything ready, you can begin making your avocado aioli!
- Cut into the avocado, twist, and remove the core.
- Scoop the soft insides into a bowl.
- Place the garlic clove in the bowl.
- Add the salt and pepper.
- Mash the garlic and avocado with the back of your sturdy spoon or masher. I like to mash most of the ingredients together to immediately combine the flavors. You don’t have to combine everything at once. You can do each step individually to create a pleasant taste for your own palate. This would allow you to restrict the amount of spices you use in case you worry something will be too powerful in flavor.
- Add the olive oil.
- Squeeze lemon and lime juice into the aioli as you see fit. The point is to be able to taste each ingredient, so try not to turn it into thick fruit juice!
Once you’re done, serve it with tortilla chips or on a healthy pita sandwich. Enjoy!