This 3-minute Dijon mustard aioli is a garlicky mayo-based sauce, perfect as French fries dip, Caesar salad dressing, and for sandwiches! Only 3 ingredients, and step-by-step photos are included to make it even easier!

Stirring dijon aioli dressing in a white ramekin with a spoon, resulting into nice swirls.

In this post you’ll learn:

Why You Will Love This Dijon Aioli

  • šŸŒŸ Elevate your dishes with the tangy and sophisticated Dijon flavor
  • šŸŒ± A much healthier alternative to store-bought options, especially if you make your own 3-Minute No-Oil Vegan Mayonnaise!
  • šŸ” Elevates burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and even as a salad dressing with that tangy and tasty combo of mustard and mayonnaise!
  • šŸŒž Perfect for summer barbecues and picnics as dips
  • ā±ļø Done in 3 minutes, it’s a quick and easy aioli recipe!

Ingredients / What is Dijon Mustard Aioli Made Of

  • Mayonnaise: Creamy base providing a rich texture and binding agent for the aioli. Use store-bought mayo or make your own Vegan Oil-free Mayonnaise in just 3 minutes!
  • Garlic: A fresh garlic clove adds a sharp and savory flavor that is characteristic of aioli!
  • Dijon Mustard: The star ingredient of the recipe! Dijon mustard has a sharper and more complex flavor than your regular yellow mustard, adding depth to this mustard aioli!
Finely minced garlic, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard in small bowls with labels, on a white marble.

What Does Dijon Sauce Taste Like and Is Dijon Mustard Vegan?

Dijon mustard is made from black mustard seeds and is a more involved process such as being ground using a stone mill, which is also why it’s more expensive than regular mustard. This type of mustard is spicier and sharper than other types so any Dijon sauce that is made using Dijon mustard has a tangy and slightly spicy taste.

When it comes to whether or not Dijon mustar is vegan, it is usually vegan, though not always. This also depends on how you define “vegan” and what you are okay and not okay consuming as a vegan. TofuBud explains here in this article that Dijon mustard often uses white wine and the production process might involve filters that are not plant-based.

Creamy garlic aioli mustard sauce dripping from a spoon to the white ramekin.

How is Aioli Different from Mayo?

Aioli is traditionally only made with olive oil and garlic while mayonnaise often also contains raw eggs and some type of acid. Mayonnaise also typically does not contain garlic, but mayonnaise contains eggs while real traditional aioli does not contain egg. Now confusion might arise because as time progresses, people often whip up aioli using mayo, which is why aioli often contains eggs these days. Although of course, the aioli will still be vegan as long as you’re using vegan mayonnaise as the base.

And in case you’re wondering if aioli and garlic sauce are the same, they are not. Aiolis could be considered a type of garlic sauce, but not all garlic sauce is aioli. In other words, aioli is a specific type of garlic sauce. You can have other garlic sauces that are not made using aioli such as a yogurt-based garlic sauce.

Step-by-step Instructions

Peel and finely chop the garlic. Mince them really finely to avoid accidentally biting into larger pieces which could be spicy!

Combine all ingredients in the serving bowl, stirring until evenly mixed.

Taste and add more Dijon mustard if you’d like more tang. The strength of the flavor varies greatly depending on the brand and on how long you have had the jar opened, so you definitely want to taste and adjust accordingly!

And you’re ready to go! See the serving suggestions below for ideas on how to serve them!

Top Tips

Garlic Prep: Take your time to finely chop or mince the garlic to ensure it’s evenly distributed throughout the aioli, avoiding any large chunks that might overpower the flavor.

Adjust for More Mustard: Feel free to add more mustard (add 1 teaspoon at a time) if you prefer a stronger mustard flavor. Taste as you go until it’s just right for you!

Consistency Check: If your aioli is too thick, thin it out with a bit of water. Conversely, if it’s too thin, add more mayo to thicken it. Then taste and adjust for the flavor that is just right!

Chill Time: Letting the aioli chill in the fridge for a while before serving allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a more harmonious taste. Just 5-10 minutes is enough to let the flavors blend!

A spoonful of garlic mustard aioli from the right, with more mustard and a mustard yellow napkin in the background.

Jazzing It Up

šŸÆ Did you add too much mustard such that your Dijon mayo is too sharp now? Then add a bit of liquid sweetener (such as maple syrup, agave syrup, or honey) to balance things out and round off the flavor even more. Adding more mayonnaise will also help reduce the sharpness!

šŸŖ“ Want to add some freshness to your garlic mustard aioli? Try adding chopped chives or cilantro, either fresh or dried.

šŸŒ¶ļø For a spicier kick, try adding a dash of smoked paprika, black pepper, or hot sauce!

šŸ«™ If you’d like to experiment with the mustard, feel free to sub the Dijon mustard with other types of mustard such as whole grain mustard, grey poupon mustard, French mustard, or German mustard.

A long drip of garlic mustard sauce dripping into a white bowl, with Dijon mustard at the back.

Serving Suggestions / What To Eat Garlic Aioli With

šŸŸ French Fries: Aioli + French fries? Bingo! Even better, with Adobo French Fries! This Dijon aioli is also great with sweet potato fries for more nutrients!

šŸ„— Salad or Bowl Dressing: Thin it out with a bit of water to create a creamy aioli dressing for salads or bowls, such as in my Rainbow Poke Rice Bowl! Or use this aioli to make coleslaw! If you want more variety, add a bit of (vegan) Worcestershire sauce and (vegan) parmesan cheese to whip up a Caesar salad dressing with mayo!

šŸ„Ŗ Mustard Sandwich Spread: This mayo mustard sauce is perfect for sandwiches, burgers, or wraps filled with crisp lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado (check out my 5-minute Avocado Bagel Sandwich if you’re a fan of avos), and tofu or tempeh!

šŸ„¦ Roasted Veggie Bowls: Either drizzle this garlic aioli dressing over bowls filled with roasted vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli, or use it as a marinade similar to my Tandoori Roasted Vegetables Platter.

šŸ§† Falafel or Vegan Crab Cake Dip: The creamy texture of the homemade aioli dressing pairs great with the crispy fritters!

šŸ„• Veggie Platter: Serve this mustard aioli sauce as a dipping sauce alongside a colorful assortment of fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers.

Close-up of a spoonful of creamy Dijon mustard aioli.

Storage and Meal Prep Instructions

Storage: Store any leftover garlic aioli mustard in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Meal prep: This mustard aioli is perfect for meal prep since the longer it sits in the fridge, the better the flavor will meld. It will stay good for up to a week so use this sauce in any way you’d like throughout the week. Look at the Serving Suggestions section right above for some inspiration!

Freezing: Do NOT freeze aioli. The texture will change and you will lose that creaminess.

FAQ

Is aioli made of milk?

No, aioli is not made with milk (unless of course, the ingredients label contains milk). Traditional aioli recipes usually consist of just garlic and olive oil. Egg yolk is sometimes added in some recipes / by some brands, but not milk.

Does aioli always have lemon?

Although fresh/bottled lemon juice is a common ingredient in many aioli recipes (such as in my Smoked Paprika Aioli recipe), aioli doesn’t always include lemon juice. For instance, this Dijon mustard aioli recipe does not use lemon juice since you already get a lot of tang from the mustard.

What is mustard mixed with mayonnaise called?

Mustard mixed with mayonnaise is commonly referred to as “mustard mayo” or “mustard aioli”. It’s a creamy condiment with a tangy and savory taste, perfect for dips, sauces, and spreads!

Stirring Dijon aioli dressing with a mustard yellow napkin underneath.

Want More Sauces & Dips?

For more spicy sauces similar to this spicy mustard aioli, check out one of these:

Dijon Mustard Garlic Aioli (for Fries, Dressings, Sandwiches!)

Dijon mustard aioli sauce being stirred with a spoon resulting in nice mayo swirls.
This 3-minute, 3-ingredient Dijon mustard aioli is a garlicky mayo-based sauce, perfect as French fries dip, Caesar salad dressing, and for sandwiches!
Jem @ The Fruity Jem
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Serving Size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Ā½ cup (vegan) mayonnaise I used my oil-free vegan mayo but any mayo will do!
  • 1 clove garlic very finely minced or grated using a microplane
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard more to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and finely chop the garlic. Mince until you get really small pieces to avoid biting into large pieces of garlic which can be bitter and spicy.
  • Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Taste a little bit to see if you would like more dijon mustard, then serve once you have the flavor strength that suits you!

Notes

  • The strength of the Dijon mustard varies greatly per brand. Start by adding just 1 Tablespoon, then taste and add 1 more teaspoon until you get the desired flavor strength!
  • Check out my post above for the top tips to make sure you ace this recipe!

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