If you like to cook, you may have realized that nothing brings your recipes and creations to life better than a homemade sauce or condiment. Not only is the flavor ideal, but you can also be sure to avoid all of the unnecessary and often toxic preservatives, excess sugars, stabilizers, and fillers that prepared condiments have.
Get ready to add horseradish aioli to your list of refrigerator staples!
What is horseradish aioli?
Horseradish aioli is a sauce essentially made from horseradish, fresh garlic, and mayonnaise. Horseradish is a close relative of mustard.
A dollop of this savory sauce can be served on anything, but is especially delicious on fish or chicken dishes and sweet potato or regular fries. To make it easily, just combine the ingredients in the recipe below in a food processor or whip it up with an immersion blender, and blend until smooth.
Choosing a good store-bought mayonnaise
This recipe calls for fresh or prepared store-bought mayo. If you can find organic avocado-based mayo at the grocery store, that is your best bet. The best healthy mayo that we have found is shown below.
Take a moment to look at the ingredients in mayo the next time you buy it. Most of the big food corporations, like Kraft and Hellman’s, have harmful preservatives in their mayonnaise.
For example, let’s examine a couple of labels. These are the ingredients in 2 different mayos that are produced on a large scale by Big Food. They are labelled as “Avocado Mayonnaise.”
They have avocado mayonnaise, but they also have canola oil in them, likely more than the avocado oil, which is not healthy. See why below:
Kraft Avocado Mayo Ingredients
Water, Avocado Oil Canola Oil, Soybean Oil Vinegar, Egg, Modified Food Starch (this ingredient is not needed in fresh mayonnaise), Egg Yolk, It contains less than 2% of salt, sugar, Mustard Flour, Natural Flavor Phosphoric Acid (this is toxic), Potassium Sorbate (this is toxic), and Calcium Disodium EDTA for Protective Flavor (this is toxic).
Hellmann’s Avocado Mayo Ingredients
canola and avocado oil, water, liquid whole eggs, modified corn starch, sugar, vinegar, liquid egg yolk, salt, concentrated lime juice, sorbic acid (no thanks), spice, natural flavor, alpha-tocopherol (no thanks), calcium disodium EDTA (toxic)
If you can avoid the chemicals below in ALL of your foods, that would be highly beneficial. These are commonly found in cheaper, mass-produced mayonnaise products, and they are certainly not limited to mayo.
Potassium Sorbate: Potassium sorbate is a preservative that big food corporations use to inhibit the formation of mold in foods. Studies that have been done in vitro have shown that it is toxic to the DNA, weakens the immune system, and negatively affects fertility.
Phosphoric Acid: This is toxic when you breathe it in, nevermind ingest it. It is a toxic, corrosive chemical that can burn and irritate skin and eyes. Just breathing it in can cause one to cough and wheeze. It is added to food products to inhibit mold growth and increase shelf life and affordability. It is found in soft drinks like Coca Cola and should not be ingested at all.
Calcium Disodium EDTA: When used as a drug, calcium disodium EDTA may also result in side effects such as increased heart rate, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches, nausea, numbness or tingling, difficulty urinating.
Sorbic Acid: This is a preservative, it inhibits mold well, and increases shelf life and affordability as a result.
Sorbic acid is generally regarded as safe for routine use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it hasn’t been associated with cancer or other serious health issues.
However, sorbic acid might cause false allergies, for instance, if you have asthma or have neurodermatitis (chronic scaling or itching). An intolerance that causes allergy-like symptoms is known as a pseudo-allergy.
Our opinion: If the FDA regards something as “generally safe,” we read between the lines and avoid it as best we can.
Canola oil is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. Mainstream information will say that concerns about canola oil are unfounded, and that negative things said about it are “misinformation.”
Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils cause inflammation (which is the beginning of every chronic disease) and calcification of arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease. Euroric acid found in canola oil may cause a decrease in normal growth. Canola oil is also harmful to the liver, which is the toxin-filtering station in our body.
Alpha-tocopherol: A preservative to keep color and keep oils from going rancid. Considered safe, big food likes to say that tocopherols are just another name for Vitamin E, but that is not entirely true. It is a chemical version, changed for its purpose of being used as a preservative. Too much causes side effects like rashes, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and blurred vision.
If you would like to avoid the chemical storms of Big Food produced mayo, and opt for one that is made with none of the bad stuff, here is a great option. We have been buying this particular mayo for years for our family.
Primal Kitchen Mayo made with Avocado Oil
Why we love it:
- No soy or canola oils
- 100% whole, natural ingredients
- No preservatives, stabilizers or fillers
- Whole 30 approved
- Paleo and Keto certified
- Highly rated on Amazon
How to make your own mayonnaise from scratch
Nothing compares to homemade. Make your own mayonnaise from scratch for the ultimate horseradish aioli. But if you can’t, buying one that is free of preservatives is the next best bet.
Making your own is quite simple, and what is nice about making your own is that you can use a high quality oil like avocado, olive oil, or even macadamia, and avoid all of the questionable preservatives if you can not get your hands on some organic or preservative-free mayonnaise.
The ingredients are few; your oil of choice, eggs, lemon juice , sea salt, and Dijon mustard.
Downshiftology will show you how in less than 2 minutes:
How do you make the best horseradish aioli recipe?
This simple recipe will get you there each and every time.
Absolutely Delicious Horseradish Aioli Recipe
1 cup fresh or prepared mayonnaise
3 rounded tsp of prepared horseradish, or fresh grated horseradish if you can find it.
2 cloves of grated or pressed garlic,
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
A pinch of pink Himalayan salt (optional)
Ingredients can be mixed with an immersion blender (which we prefer), stirred in a bowl by hand, or mixed up in a food processor. Store your batch in an airtight container for up to a week.
How can you adjust the flavors of your horseradish aioli to suit your own taste preferences?
One way to adjust the flavors of your horseradish aioli is to add different herbs and spices.
Add one of these herbs to your next batch of this creamy horseradish sauce to change it up:
- Freshly chopped rosemary
- Fresh dill
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Fresh basil
- Fresh chives
- Add one or a couple of these dried spices to your next batch of creamy aioli to change it up:
- Curry powder
- Chili powder
- Chinese Five Spice
- Red pepper flakes
Uses for horseradish aioli
Impress your loved ones by serving horseradish aioli alongside these dishes with a garnish of parsley.
Here are four sure-to-please ways to enjoy this sauce:
- As a dressing for various salads.
- On roasted veggies, root vegetables, or potatoes, french fries
- As a sauce for fish or meats like burgers, roast beef, prime rib, chicken, pork
- As a sandwich spread
Frequently Asked Questions
What ingredients should you always keep on hand when making horseradish aioli?
When making horseradish aioli, you’ll need some key ingredients that you’ll want to always have on hand. These include mayonnaise, horseradish, garlic, salt, chives or other fresh herbs of choice to make an optional variation.
What are some tips for making sure your horseradish aioli is smooth and creamy?
- Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning to make the aioli. Room temperature ingredients will mix together more easily and result in a smoother sauce.
- Use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients together. This will create a smooth and creamy consistency without any chunks.
- If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender instead. Just be sure to blend the ingredients for at least 2 minutes until the sauce is completely smooth.
Are you hungry yet? Is it time to make some horseradish aioli? Now you can get started!
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