Essential Sauces of Summer: Homemade Garlic Mayo


Homemade Healthy Mayo

You may wonder why I consider mayonnaise to be an essential sauce for summer, but to me, it is a no-brainer. Mayonnaise is core to so many summer dishes like potato salad, elotes (Mexican-style roasted corn), and coleslaw, so keeping a healthy homemade mayo like this one on hand can turn any in-season veggie into an instant easy side dish. I would have to say my favorite summer veggie sides are pretty much anything plus mayo.

While adorning seasonal produce with mayo-based dressings may be delicious, the vast majority of store-bought mayonnaise, even many of the “natural” or organic ones, use processed oils that aren’t great for us. My version seeks to boost the healthfulness of this condiment by using olive and avocado oils rather than canola or soybean oils. Use local, pasture-raised eggs and a high-quality oils here to elevate your aioli even more.

Besides mayo-based salads like chicken salad or slaw, this aioli is also perfect for smearing on a summer-y BLT or burger. I also like to blend in a bit of other condiments with the mayo, such as BBQ sauce, pesto, chimichurri, or salsa, to create a new and tasty sauce for dipping crisp veggie sticks or roasted potatoes, complimenting a sandwich, drizzling on tacos, or using as a salad dressing.

Homemade Garlic Mayo (Aioli)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yields about 2 cups

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