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The 19 Sauces That Make Everything Better

Is there anything in this world that's not made better by sauce? Definitely not. Because if you don't already know: sauce is life. Slather these on sandwiches, drizzle them on salads, pour them over pasta - the options are endless.

Magic Green Sauce in a bowl with spoon.

Magic Green Sauce

Our most popular sauce! Made with all green foods, whipped up in five minutes, and eaten with (literally) everything.

avocado, pistachios, jalapeño, herbs, lime

Blender enchilada sauce in a blender.

Blender Enchilada Sauce

This blender sauce is quick, easy, and full of vegetables. Just blend it up and you’re ready to go!

tomatoes, chili powder, onion garlic, jalapeño

Chipotle tahini sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

Chipotle Tahini Sauce

This sauce is MAGIC. A creamy tahini base, blended up with garlic and chipotles, and finished with a little orange juice for some sweetness. The best!

chipotles in adobo sauce, garlic, tahini, orange juice

Kale Pesto in a jar with spoon.

Kale Pesto

A super simple (and super vegan!) kale pesto made with just a handful of easy ingredients and whipped up in a snap.

almonds, olive oil, kale, garlic, salt, lemon juice

Peanut sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

The Very Best Peanut Sauce

Smooth, drizzle-able, garlicky, and gingery with a good spicy sesame kick. Perfect for noodles, salads, protein, or as a dipping sauce!

peanut butter, chili paste, soy sauce, ginger, garlic

Red pepper sauce in a bowl.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Top it on eggs, potatoes, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, bowls, and beyond. YUM.

roasted red peppers, garlic, almonds, lemon

Sunshine Sauce in jar with spoon.

5-Minute Sunshine Sauce

This stuff is liquid gold! Use it as a sauce, dressing, or marinade. The BEST.

olive oil, vinegar, oregano, basil, garlic, lemon

Jalapeno ranch in a bowl with a spoon.

Jalapeño Ranch

Creamy, tangy, thick but drizzly, a little classic dill flavor, and a subtle kick of fresh jalapeño. SO GOOD.

Greek yogurt, jalapeño pepper, fresh parsley, freeze-dried dill

Tomato Butter Sauce in pan with spoon.

Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce

This sauce is made with cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, and butter. SO simple, good on everything.

tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, butter

Romesco sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

5-Minute Romesco Sauce

Ready in 5 minutes and perfect for serving with grilled chicken, vegetables, crispy potatoes, eggs, and more. 

roasted red peppers, tomatoes, almonds, parsley, garlic, lemon juice

Cilantro Vinaigrette in a jar with a spoon.

5 Ingredient Cilantro Vinaigrette

This cilantro vinaigrette is EVERYTHING. The flavor is amazing and it only takes 5 ingredients! This recipe is completely inspired by the cilantro vinaigrette in the beautiful What’s Gaby Cookin cookbook!

cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes

Cashew Sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

5-Minute Cashew Sauce

Just four easy ingredients until you’re in cashew sauce heaven. Perfect base sauce recipe for pasta, dips, or cheesy sauce alternatives.

cashews, garlic, salt

Kale chimichurri in a bowl with a spoon.

Kale Chimichurri

Lots of kale and green herbs, olive oil and lime juice, any nuts/seeds you have on hand, and a punch of garlic and red pepper flakes. THE BEST.

kale, cilantro, cashews, garlic

5 Minute Honey Mustard Sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

Honey Mustard Sauce

Just 5 ingredients to this smooth and creamy dipping sauce that can double as a dressing! So simple and delicious!

honey, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, cayenne pepper

Steak being dipped into a bowl of yum yum sauce with a fork.

Yum Yum Sauce

Just like the sauce from Japanese hibachi restaurants – and it’s SO EASY. Perfect with grilled chicken, steak, veggies, rice bowls, wraps, and more.

tomato paste, mayonnaise, all-purpose spice mix

Avocado cilantro dressing in a dressing container

5 Minute Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Made with easy ingredients like cilantro, avocado, Greek yogurt, garlic, and lime juice.

avocado, Greek yogurt, cilantro, garlic, lime

Chipotle cashew queso sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

Chipotle Cashew Queso

Smoky, silky smooth, beyond creamy Chipotle Cashew Queso! Made with all pantry ingredients that you just toss in a blender. Top it on tacos, fajitas, nachos and more!

cashews, chipotle pepper, diced green chiles

Green tahini sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

Green Tahini

Nutty, herby, garlicky, vegan, and extremely versatile. Just six ingredients and amazing with roasted veggies, chicken, or grains.

tahini, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lemon

Everything marinade in a bowl with a spoon.

The Everything Marinade

All you need is a few pantry ingredients and a jar, and you’ve got heavenly, smokey-sweet, savory flavor that goes with just about any vegetable or protein.

maple syrup, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, spices

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33 Comments

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        Selbot _

        Any chance you could do a sister post or put notes of the kinds of things these would complement? I see each sauce being delightful but am having a hard time conjuring a dish(protein + veg + starch) to use them in in an organic way if you catch my drift.

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    Fabulous your all sauces and all looks too good & more easy to make as well…..i will trying to make it few days later….Thanks for sharing……!

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    SUSAN

    Hi Lindsay!

    I love so many of your recipes! Thank you!

    Which sauce would you recommend for rockfish? Topping or marinade?

    Thank you! Susan from the Pacific Northwest

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    Lorraine Calvert

    I am so happy to find these delicious sauce recipes. It’s an idea I’ve often wanted to try, something healthy to jazz up foods.
    I am one of those unfortunate people who only taste soap when tasting cilantro. Would you recommend substituting parsley or so other herb for the wonderful cilantro recipes?
    Thanks!

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      Hi, Lorraine! It depends a bit on the sauce – another herb might be a better fit. Depending on which sauce you’re making, parsley or basil could be a good fit. Enjoy!

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    Handful

    Okay, wow. I was looking for romesco sauce and hit the jackpot. How could ANYTHING go wrong with chipotle tahini?

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    Joyce A Townsend

    I’d like to help promote your website. However, the Pinterest pop-up is so annoying (every three seconds). if would upset my friends. FYI, I followed you but is still keeps popping up and popping up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mar

    Nice collection! Cilantro vinaigrette and that enchilada sauce… are speaking to me in a big way! Yum.

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    Dan Huwyler

    Hello,
    I just stumbled on your website and am
    very intrigued by all your sauces. I love to cook and am looking forward to making some of them. Awesome sauces. Glad I found you guys.

    Dan

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Welcome, Dan! Would love to hear back if you give any a try! Enjoy!

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    Deana

    I have been looking for good sauce recipes – I lack in this area. So excited to find yours, but I’m not a huge fan of cilantro. Is there an alternative you might recommend for me?? Thanks so much.