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Turmeric aioli is a delicious and healthy dip that can be used as a spread or a sauce. Turmeric adds a warm, earthy flavor and a beautiful golden color to an aioli. Plus turmeric has numerous health benefits.

This aioli is made with pre-made mayo to keep it quick and easy for those days when you are having an auto-immune flare.

What is an Aioli?

Aioli is a popular sauce that originated in the Mediterranean region, particularly in Provence, France, and Catalonia, Spain. The name “aioli” comes from the Provencal words “alh” (garlic) and “òli” (oil), which are the two main ingredients of the sauce.

The history of aioli can be traced back to ancient Rome, where a similar sauce called “alium” was made by pounding garlic and salt into a paste and then mixing it with oil. This sauce was used as a condiment for vegetables and meats.

In the Middle Ages, aioli became a popular sauce in the Mediterranean region, especially among fishermen who used it to flavor their fish dishes. It was also used as a dipping sauce for vegetables and bread.

Over time, different variations of aioli emerged, with additional ingredients like egg yolks, lemon juice, and mustard being added to the traditional garlic and oil mixture. In some regions, aioli is also made with potatoes or bread crumbs to give it a thicker texture.

Today, aioli is a popular sauce around the world and is often served with seafood, vegetables, and bread. It has become a staple in many kitchens and is also used as a sandwich spread or a dip for fries and chips.

Here it the states, when you see aioli on the menu it usually means a mayo type of sauce with some type of flavoring or seasoning added to it and that is what this turmeric aioli version is making it quick and easy to prepare.

Here are some ways to use turmeric aioli:

As a dipping sauce.

Serve turmeric aioli as a dipping sauce for roasted vegetables, fried foods like chicken tenders or fish fingers, or as a condiment for crackers and chips.

On sandwiches

Use turmeric aioli as a spread on sandwiches, wraps or burgers. It pairs particularly well with grilled or roasted meats, vegetables, and fish.

With Sweet Potato Fries

Turmeric aioli makes a great alternative to traditional ketchup or mayo for dipping sweet potato fries. Its rich, tangy flavor adds a new dimension to this classic snack.

As a Marinade

Mix turmeric aioli with some lemon juice and use it as a marinade for chicken or fish. It will help to tenderize the meat and give it a delicious flavor.

In Salads

Use turmeric aioli as a dressing for salads, particularly those with a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern influence. It pairs well with chickpeas, roasted vegetables, and grains like quinoa or bulgur.

With Roasted Mushrooms

Drizzle turmeric aioli over roasted mushrooms for a delicious side dish.

Overall, turmeric aioli is a versatile sauce that can be used in many ways to add flavor to your dishes. Give it a try and experiment with different combinations!


Turmeric: Our primary motive here is for the health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide health benefits. But it also has a slightly bitter, earthy, and pungent flavor that can add depth and complexity to dishes.

Mayonnaise: The rich, smooth texture of mayonnaise can add a creamy element to dishes, making them more satisfying and delicious.

Garlic: The distinct flavor of garlic is both sharp and savory, adding depth and complexity to dishes. Plus garlic has been linked to several health benefits, including boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, and improving heart health.

Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps to balance out richer flavors in the aioli and helps to add a bright, refreshing note to the dish.

Salt: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the other ingredients foods, making them more delicious. And it balances out a dish, creating a harmonious and well-rounded flavor profile.

Here’s a simple recipe for making turmeric aioli:

Turmeric Aioli

Turmeric aioli is a delicious and healthy dip that can be used as a spread or a sauce.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp grated or ground turmeric
  • 1 clover garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt papper, to taste
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, turmeric, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  3. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  4.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate the aioli for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve the turmeric aioli as a dip for vegetables, as a spread for sandwiches, or as a sauce for grilled meats or fish. Enjoy!

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