Vegan garlic aioli dip

Arjoli Dip

A while back while I was doing my shopping, I was given a free box of Arjoli Dip to try out. Arjoli Dip is a traditional Maltese food which is similar to Garlic Aioli but made using breadcrumbs. Although it did not seem to have any creepy ingredients, the dip was drowning in sunflower oil. Since 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil contains roughly 120 calories, I wanted to make my own lighter and fresher version. This option contains much less oil. It’s perfect for those who are counting calories or on a weight loss diet.

Traditional Maltese Arjoli Dip topped with Sun-dried tomatoes and Parsley

Have you ever tried Maltese Arjoli dip? It’s a herby, fragrant, and creamy sauce or dip made with garlic, herbs, tomatoes, bread, and olive oil. The Maltese love eating this with snails (NOT me!). Some recipes even call for tuna and anchovies. I obviously chose to not include these, since I’m vegetarian and on a mission to transition to 100% vegan. Since I eat a plant-based diet, I always try to sneak in some protein any way I can. In this case, I used naturally low fat soy-based Greek yogurt. It gives the dip a nice creamy texture and packs in 6g of protein per 100g.

A photo of Traditional Maltese Arjoli Dip (tomato and garlic dip) topped with sun-dried tomatoes

I even added a teaspoon of Harissa to give it a bit of a spicy kick. A teaspoon of Harissa only gives a slight hint of spicy, yet feel free to omit if your tolerance to spices is very low. If you’re looking for even more healthy recipes, that are low in calorie and perfect for weight loss, why not check out my Brungiel Mimli (Stuffed Aubergines) and Healthy Qassatat

Traditional Maltese Arjoli Dip topped with Sun-dried tomatoes and Parsley

Maltese Arjoli Dip

Geraldine Bartolo
A fragrant garlic and tomato dip that brings out the best of mediterranean flavours
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Maltese, Mediterranean
Servings 8 Tablespoons
Calories 60 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 2 Slices Wholemeal Bread turned to crumbs
  • 2 Fresh Tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Onions
  • 2 tsp Sundried Tomatoes
  • 30 g Kunserva tomato paste
  • 1 Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • 50 g Soy-Based Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Harissa
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • ½ tbsp Mint
  • ½ tbsp Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Toast bread and make into breadcrumbs.
  • Process all ingredients in a food processor until a thick and creamy dip is achieved.
  • Serve with your favorite veggies, crackers or Maltese galletti.


If you use My Fitness Pal to log your food, you can find this recipe listed on the database as ‘The Healthy Malteser Arjoli Dip’.

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