Red Pepper Aioli

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Editor's Note: Looking for a creative dip not seen at most parties? Here is one that your friends will be excited about, whether it's at a game day party or a cocktail party. This garlic-flavored dip, which is rooted in the mayonnaise of Provence, is known as an aioli-type dip that many find extremely flavorful with crackers, large croutons or French bread. This dip also spices things up by adding roasted red peppers to the mix. Raw veggies additionally are a wonderful thing to cover in aioli and make a sumptuous bite. Put this recipe in your back pocket for the next time you want a flavorful dip that runs in the "IN" crowd. 

This excellent dip is based on aioli, the garlic-flavored mayonnaise of Provence. Adding roasted red peppers to the basic recipe makes a fabulous dip for raw vegetables. Or use it as you would regular mayonnaise.

Makes1 cup (250 mL)



Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCocktail Party, Family Get-together, Game Day

Recipe CourseAntipasto/mezze, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationGluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

EquipmentFood Processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Snack

Taste and TextureCreamy, Garlicky, Hot & Spicy, Rich, Savory

Type of DishCondiments, Dip/spread


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) light mayonnaise
  • 1 jar (12 oz/370 mL) roasted red peppers, well drained
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a food processor with motor running, drop garlic through chute and process until finely minced.

  2. Add mayonnaise, red peppers and hot pepper flakes. Process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Store in a covered container in refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for longer storage.


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This makes a great dip for grilled, shell-on shrimp. Been making this for decades, but I always add a spoonful of harissa. It's fabulous on EVERYTHING.


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