Kalamata Olive Aioli

I feel that I should warn you that this dip has caused many addictions. Just ask my family!! In Fact, as I sit writing this, my father in law is sitting next to me devouring the one you see in this post lol. He just happened to stop by the second I finished. It must have called him to our front door.  It is so good that its  hard not to eat it with a spoon straight out of the bowl.I am a lover of any sauce, dip or dressing. I think I actually enjoy them more than any meal. I just care what kind of sauce it comes with lol

I had an olive aioli as an appetizer once at a restaurant and had to go home and figure out how to make it myself. That was quite a few years ago and I’ve been making it ever since. I think this is my most requested dish for family get togethers and holidays. And it is always the first thing to go,  leaving the children wiping the bowl clean with their little fingers.

Since I made such a small batch for this recipe I used my little 1 1/2 cup mini food processor . If you are making any more than this, I would suggest a regular food processor or an emulsion blender.


1 cup pitted Kalamata Olives

1 cup mayo (or your favorite mayo sub)

4-5 Basil leaves

1/2 a lemon

pepper ( I do not salt this because the olives are so salty on their own)

Optional* 1 clove of garlic minced

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I start by putting just the olives into the food processor. I pulse these first before adding the other ingredients. 1. to get them started and 2.to make room in my mini machine for everything else


Then add lemon juice, basil, pepper and mayo (and garlic if using)

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I pulse a few times to ensure that everything is combined before holding  it on and letting it mix for a minute or so. Th texture is up to you. I leave it pretty chunky.


I usually serve with toasted baguette with some more fresh ground pepper on top but this is also delicious as a sandwich spread, veggie dip, on a  greek style burger,or served with fries. The possibilities are endless!

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I apologize in advance for any addiction you may develop after consuming. ENJOY!!!




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