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Pesto Sandwich Sauce

A rich mayonnaise-based sauce with the delectable flavor of pesto.  Ideal for sandwiches.

Pesto Sandwich Sauce


  • 16 ounces of mayonnaise
  • 3/4 ounce of dried basil
  • 2 tbsp of granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Stir thoroughly until the sauce is a unified shade of pink and everything is together.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

Quick Notes

My use of dried herbs is partially because of how inexpensive they are, but also because I wanted to put this sauce in a squeeze bottle. Thus unlike a normal pesto, I wanted the ingredients to be dry and small so the resulting sauce isn’t too liquid.

I did try this recipe in the past with a small jar of pesto from the Italian food section. The result was too liquefied and it would run out of the sandwich.


I used to do it without the Parmesan cheese and olive oil and it tasted just wonderfully, but I found the addition of the two ingredients made it taste that much more closer to a real pesto sauce you would find on pasta.

If you’re all about fresh herbs, then go for it. Just be sure to hit them hard in the food processor so they are chopped down enough. That or don’t use a squeeze bottle and simply place it all into a container you can spoon out of.

Healthy It Up

I generally like to use fat-free mayonnaise. It's entirely up to you, but with the other flavors mixed in you won't notice the difference between full-fat or fat-free.

If you’re trying to stay away from mayonnaise altogether, you can also try it with soft tofu, but you might want to add salt to catch the flavor up to mayonnaise.

Tags: condiments, Italian, sandwich, sauce, pesto

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