Harissa Aioli

Harissa paste and mayonnaise is a simple, yet potent combo: big chili flavor, exotic spices, and a creamy delicious tang that smooths everything out just a touch. It’s perfect next to fresh vegetables as a spicy dip, or try it spread on your next chicken, turkey, or vegetable sandwich. It brings life to your lunch.

Harissa Aioli
Harissa aioli – a delicious dipper and spread

We also love it as a dipper for french fries, especially sweet potato fries where the sweetness is a delicious foil to the spice of the harissa aioli. Chicken fingers, too, are made all the better with a side of this fiery dipping sauce.

You can increase the heat with a little more harissa, but stop at an extra teaspoon. Too much of the paste can overwhelm the creamy aioli flavor. Or try a dash of cayenne powder to amp up the flavor instead. It will keep the balance intact.

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Harissa Aioli

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 65 kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • For best flavor, refrigerate the aioli for 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to serving


Want more spiciness? Add an additional teaspoon of harissa (maximum). Or opt for a pinch of cayenne pepper powder. The latter will help keep the spicy to creamy balance at its optimal level.


Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 0.1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.03mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 5, 2024 to include new content.
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