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Jalapeño Arugula Aioli

Customers at our Farm Stand's Organic Kitchen in Carmel Valley, CA, crave this creamy green sauce that, despite its spicy name, has just a slight bite. Arugula gives the aioli its peppery freshness, and baby spinach provides the delicate green color. While some jalapeño peppers are fairly mild, others are quite hot. If the jalapeños are too hot for your taste, use less and leave out the ribs and seeds.

Fresh and piquant, arugula aioli makes a great dip for raw vegetables, steamed artichokes and chips. Its devotees also love it spread on flank steak sandwiches or drizzled over beef kabobs. This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of sauce.

Although this recipe comes together very quickly, it needs to rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours for the flavors to develop, so plan accordingly.

From Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman

Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 15 min | 6 Servings



Fresh jalapeño peppers (to taste)


cloves Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic


egg (see note)

1 Tbsp

Dijon mustard

grated zest of 1 lemon

1 Tbsp

fresh lemon juice

1 cup

Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Arugula (packed)

1 cup

Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach (packed)

¼ tsp

salt (or more to taste)

½ cup

olive oil

½ cup

canola oil


Cut off and discard the stem end of the jalapeño(s). Cut the jalapeño(s) into quarters and place in a food processor (do not remove the seeds and ribs). Add the garlic and pulse until finely minced. Add the egg, mustard, lemon zest and juice, arugula, spinach and salt to the food processor and process until smooth.

With the machine running, add the olive and canola oils in a slow, steady stream. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if needed. Transfer the aioli to a clean container and cover it. Refrigerate the aioli for at least 3 hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop. The aioli can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.

Note: The egg in this aioli remains uncooked, so if you decide to make it, be sure to use only a very fresh egg that has been kept refrigerated.

Calories per 1/4 cup serving (4 tablespoons): 350, Fat 38 grams, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Carbohydrates 2 grams, Fiber 0 grams, Sugars 0 grams, Protein 2 grams.

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