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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.

5 Minute Magic Green Sauce

5 Minute Magic Green Sauce - SO AWESOME. Made with easy ingredients like avocado, olive oil, cilantro, lime, garlic, and parsley! Vegan.

5 Minute Blender Enchilada Sauce

This 5 Minute Blender Enchilada Sauce is quick, easy, and full of vegetables! Healthy, easy, homemade enchilada sauce. Enjoy!

Chipotle Tahini

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

5 Minute Kale Pesto

5 Minute Vegan Kale Pesto - made with almonds, olive oil, kale, garlic, salt, and lemon juice. Less than 150 calories per serving!

Peanut sauce in a bowl with spoon.

The Very Best Peanut Sauce

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!

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Our favorite Roasted Red Pepper Sauce! Top it on eggs, potatoes, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, bowls, and beyond. YUM.

5-Minute Sunshine Sauce

5-Minute Vegan Sunshine Sauce - this stuff is liquid gold! ☀ made with olive oil, vinegar, spices, garlic, and a hint of salt. SO yummy!

A spoon stirring a jalapeno ranch in a bowl.

Jalapeño Ranch

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

A spoon reaches into a tomato sauce.

Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce

Basic Garlic Butter Tomato sauce made with cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, and butter. SO simple, good on everything.

Romesco sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

5 Minute Romesco Sauce

Romesco Sauce! Ready in 5 minutes and perfect for serving with grilled chicken, vegetables, crispy potatoes, eggs, and more. Made with roasted red peppers, plum tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley.

5 Ingredient Cilantro Vinaigrette

Most yummy dressing ever!! This tangy cilantro vinaigrette comes together quick with just 5 ingredients!

Five Minute Cashew Sauce

Cashew Sauce! Just four easy ingredients: cashews, garlic, salt, and water! Perfect base sauce recipe for pasta, dips, or cheesy sauce alternatives. Vegan.

Kale Chimichurri

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.

Honey mustard sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

5 Minute Honey Mustard Sauce

5 Minute Honey Mustard Sauce - just 5 ingredients to this smooth and creamy dipping sauce that can double as a dressing! So simple and delicious!

5 Minute Yum Yum Sauce

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.

5 Minute Avocado Cilantro Dressing

5 Minute Cilantro Avocado Dressing - made with easy ingredients like cilantro, avocado, Greek yogurt, garlic, and lime juice.

Chipotle Cashew Queso

Smoky, silky smooth, beyond creamy Chipotle Cashew Queso! Made with all pantry ingredients that you just toss in a blender.

Green Tahini

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

The Everything Marinade

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.

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        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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    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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    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?

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

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

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    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.


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

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    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.

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    Do you know how to make the white sauce that goes with shawarma chicken, please ?