Vegan Herb Aioli Recipe

I came across this Vegan herb Aioli recipe during my first years as a chef. The chef I worked for was an aggressive character to put lightly. The other cooks and I were expected to perform at optimal levels constantly under the high stress environment we called work. Although this guy was an animal to say the least his food was delicious and was almost a privilege to learn how his mind worked, when it came to food.

One of his recipes was an herb aioli. It was a pretty insignificant sauce (compared to the hundreds of other items) that went on a sandwich on the lunch menu. This sauce was downright delicious, I mean the first time I tried it, I fell in love. The only problem was, nobody could get the recipe to work other than chef! We would all stand around and watch, and still nothing.

After three years of walking on eggshells, I decided that it was time to move on a perfect my craft elsewhere. I ended up taking this impossible recipe with me on my quest for food knowledge. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out how to by pass this intricate recipe and still unlock its full potential. Fortunately, I have achieved this minor goal; and now I’ve made it vegan!

Vegan Herb Aioli Recipe

History

The history of this sauce date back to the roman times, but we don’t need to go that far to get the point. Our story starts in France. Most people will tell you that aioli is a French invention, but as we just learned it is not. I will say that the French definitely spread the word of aioli due to their infamous influence on food.

Aioli is simply a garlic infused mayonnaise. Whether garlic was brought to France from the romans, the crusaders, or just native to their soil at the time is unknown. The only thing we really need to know is that they got it and they made Aioli.

This sauce was traditionally served with poached salt cod, but any fish or preparation quickly became the norm.

The great thing about this vegan herb aioli , for us vegans/vegetarians, is that this sauce is very versatile.

Uses of Vegan Herb Aioli

I’m going to name a few examples of the uses of this sauce. If I try to name everything we will be here all day. The awesome thing about aioli is that it is essentially a blank canvas. You can flavor it with almost everything!

Salads

This Vegan Herb Aioli is the perfect oil and vinegar alternative for any leafy green salad or vegetal salad.

Vegetables

In France, aioli is traditionally served with blanched vegetables. These vegetables will vary from place to place, but you get the point. Virtually all vegetables can be paired with this sauce.

I was the chef de cuisine at a restaurant that sold mostly small plates. We sold a punched potatoes dish, with herb aioli and shaved horseradish. Over the course of 1 year we sold 1000+ of those little treats.

Bread

I cant tell you how these two things go together. You just have to see for yourself. In Italy, some form of toasted bread is served with a lemon aioli and crushed tomatoes. You add a little wood fire smoke into that combination and I won’t leave that restaurant!

Tempeh and Tofu

Depending on your approach you can have some real solid sandwiches, salads, or composed dishes staring a delicious tofu/tempeh. Vegan Herb Aioli can really compliment these dishes.

Impossible and Beyond

If you enjoy the impossible and beyond products, then this is a sauce to consider. I particularly like this recipe with beyond sausage.

Vegan Herb Aioli Tricks and Tips

Silken Tofu

This recipe uses silken tofu or Japanese tofu to by pass the use of eggs for emulsification. The key with this particular ingredient is to blend it completely smooth. Whether you use a immersion blender or a regular blender, a smooth puree is best practice.

Acid

The use of acid is essential for this vegan herb aioli. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice works wonders for this recipe. Choosing a vinegar that matches your application is a necessity too. If you are going for multi-use, use apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar.

Fat

In a normal aioli, you would use a blended oil to save money but since this recipe uses so little oil. I would recommend an oil that has an intense flavor. Extra virgin olive oil is my first choice, but feel free to use any oil you like. If you want to use coconut oil, I would pick refined.

Storage

This recipe will last up to a week in the fridge! I do not recommend freezing this recipe. The reason being is the herbs folded into this sauce will become nasty. If you have to freeze, then just fold herbs into the sauce in small batches as needed. Store in an air tight container.

Salt

Salt makes or breaks this recipe. Make sure you taste multiple times and season little by little. Do this until you get the recipe just right! 

Customize

Don’t be afraid to make this recipe your own. Taste it, and if it isn’t just right for you, then add what you like. Maybe you want more acid, or maybe you like spicy? I like to add Dijon mustard to mine, but even whole grain mustard will be a great addition to this recipe.

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Chef Knife
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Citrus Juicer (optional) 

Vegan Herb Aioli Recipe

Vegan Herb Aioli

Perks: Dairy-free & Gluten-free

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Yields: 5 cups

Ingredients

 

  • 1              Qt.         Vegan Aioli
  • 2              Tbsp      Dijon
  • ¾             Cup        Tarragon, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup        Chive, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup       Dill, Chopped
  • ¼             Cup        Lemon, Juice/Zest
  • 3              Clove     Garlic, Minced
  • 2              tsp          Sea Salt

 Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Let this sauce sit over night to get full flavor from it. Be sure to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Just remember if you decide to blend everything in a blender, the end result will be a green sauce, it will be a touch thinner too. The reason being , is that the herbs will be pulverized in the blender turning the sauce green. They will also release their liquid, resulting a thinner sauce. His is why I like to just mix the herbs in rather than blend everything.

Nutrition Facts

 

 

Low Fat Herb Aioli

Low Fat Herb Aioli

Perks: Dairy-free & Gluten-free

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Yields: 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1              Lb           Japanese Tofu Rinsed, Diced
  • ¼             Cup        Lemon Juice
  • ¼             Cup        Soy Milk
  • ½             Tsp         Sea Salt
  • 2              Tsp         Dijon Mustard ( Optional)
  • 2              Clove     Garlic                   Peeled
  • ¾             Cup        Tarragon, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup        Chive, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup       Dill, Chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. You may also used an immersion blender a regular blender or a food processor. What ever is easiest for you.
  • Just remember if you decide to blend every thing in a blender, the end result will be a green sauce, it will be a touch thinner too. The reason being , is that the herbs will be pulverized in the blender turning the sauce green. They will also release their liquid, resulting a thinner sauce. His is why I like to just mix the herbs in rather than blend everything.

Nutrition Facts

 

This recipe is not for beginners! If you can handle it, this is the best vegan aioli out there! Trust me, I’ve tried almost all of them! Get ready for this! I do recommend using a blender or an immersion blender in this recipe. It is a total pain without one of those things. 

Delicious Vegan Herb Aioli

Delicious Vegan Herb Aioli

Perks: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6              Tbsp      Aquafaba (chickpea water)
  • 1              tsp          Mustard
  • 1.5          tsp          Salt
  • 1/4         Tbsp      RiceWine Vinegar or Apple Cider
  • 4              Clove     Garlic
  • ¼             Cup        Lemon Juice
  • 2              Cup        Vegetable Oil ( or any oil you prefer)
  • 2              Tbsp      VirginOlive Oil
  • ¾             Cup        Tarragon, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup        Chive, Chopped
  • ¾             Cup       Dill, Chopped

Instructions

  1. Using a immersion blender or a regular blender, combine the first 6 ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Using a pitcher or a measuring cup, combine the two oils. You want a vessel with a pour spout.
  3. While blending , slowly pour the oil in to the mixture . This needs to be very slow, or it wont work. If the mixture gets too thick, add a touch of water to thin it out. You want to get all the oil in the aioli.
  4. Once all the oil is emulsified, transfer to a mixing bowl. This should look very similar to regular mayonnaise (texturally). Now fold in all the herbs and taste.
  5. Season this sauce with fresh squeezed lemon, sea salt, and black pepper ( if you want it).

 

FAQs

  1. Why does it turn yellow when I freeze it?

That is what happens when you freeze tofu it gets a yellow color to it. Especially if you used the low fat recipe, then you will definitely notice a yellow tint due to the milk and tofu.

  1. Does this sauce get better with time?

The sauce does merry with the flavors more and more over the first 24 hours. You will notice this with many Aiolis. Like my Vegan Yum Yum Sauce as well.

  1. Can I substitute the silken tofu with cashews?

You can use what ever aioli base you like. The point of these recipes is to check the amount of acid and herbs I’m using for the amount of aioli. Get the proportions down, and use whatever base you want!

  1. What is aquafaba?

In a can of chick peas, the peas are submerged in a liquid. This is aquafaba. If you cook your own, the aquafaba is the cooking liquid you used. This stuff is actually quite valuable is the vegan world, I recommend you keep it.  I’ve seen aquafaba whipped into meringues, made into ice-creams, and a lot more. It’s a pretty versatile product.

  1. Why does my aioli keep breaking?

This is seriously one of the most frustrating things in the world, especially if you spent a lot of time emulsifying the oil.

The most common reasons aioli breaks

The aioli gets to thick and you keep emulsifying oil. Occasionally during emulsification you need to ad a teaspoon or two of water. Once the aioli is thinned back out you can emulsify more oil. I know this sounds crazy but it is a density thing. If the sauce gets too dense it will break, like most sauces.

You are emulsifying oil to fast. You need to be pouring 2-3 tablespoons of oil per 10 seconds, maybe even more. I know this seem like it will take forever, because it does. This is a slow process, that’s why I also featured quicker ones in this article.

Make sure you measured and scaled the recipe right. I’m not trying to be a jerk, trust me. Sometimes us chefs/ foodies are caught up doing a bunch of stuff and we only scale half a recipe, or leave out 1 ingredient. Double check your numbers!

 

  1. What do you mean season with lemon juice?

You don’t have to only season with spices. You can season with acid as well. You can season with citrus, vinegar, soy sauce, and the list goes on. Keep an open mind to new ideas and uses of thing. That’s what ultimately makes you better than others.

Now days, food is changing so much and becoming more contemporary and modern. Its important to keep up with the times, you will see all kinds of craziness chefs are coming up with now.

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