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Sauces Dressings and Dips

Sauces, dressing and dips to turn a regular meal into a wonderful feast and a pop of color too if you choose. The best part of these recipes is that there is no store-bought dip or sauce that tastes better or is healthier, they are easy to make and completely adaptable.

sauces dressings and dips

I have made a collection of all reader favorites like mascarpone cheese dip, braai sauce, marinara and roasted red pepper dip, but there are more than 20 inspirational recipes in this collection!

What Sauces Dips And Dressing To Expect

Add a Creamy Mushroom Sauce to pasta or steak and serve it with a salad on the side or crusty bread whether it’s my easy no knead bread or ciabatta, a dollop of pesto or chickpea hummus is sure to set the mood.

This is only the beginning, so stay in touch because we will be adding a whole lot more!

Let’s kick it off with the healthiest, most delicious and versatile green sauce ever!

1. Green Herb Sauce

Our green sauce with fresh herbs is a bright and zesty recipe that promises to awaken your taste buds. Bursting with the zing of fresh lemon and the aromatics of fresh herbs, this sauce is a versatile gem that pairs wonderfully with many dishes. GET THE RECIPE

2. Creamy Chickpea Hummus

Learn how to make creamy hummus in a few simple steps. This easy hummus recipe takes no time at all and it quickly becomes part of sandwichesplatters, veggies, meat, flat breadsbreakfast, dips and more. GET THE RECIPE

3. Baba Ganoush

Gorgeous creamy baba ganoush that’s so simple to make before you start dunking everything from fresh vegetables to all kinds of pita bread, absolutely delicious! This naturally vegan appetizer is a part of Lebanese cuisine, home to Middle Eastern families and now a worldwide appetizer. As with most classic dishes the recipe varies slightly from region to region but fundamentally made with mushy roasted eggplant. GET THE RECIPE

baba ganoush

4. Basil Pesto

Spoon it over chicken, salads, dips, pasta, crusty bread and so much more and the best part, it takes 5 minutes! Basil pesto can be made in a food processor, a mortar and pestle and a high powered blender. GET THE RECIPE

5. Beetroot Hummus

When you think that the key ingredient to making beetroot hummus is beetroot, it’s so wonderful because this is an extremely underrated vegetable that is so good for the body, makes a host of delicious, healthy and beautiful recipes, is affordable and it is the all too simple yet powerful beetroot. BEETROOT HUMMUS

6. Mascarpone Cheese Dip

A creamy, easy and luxurious 5 minute Mascarpone cheese dip that needs no cooking, heating or any kind of turning the stove on. No blending either and 5 minutes is too long it’s probably 4.5 minutes :)! GET THE RECIPE

mascarpone cheese dip

7. Mushroom Sauce

Creamy mushroom sauce that’s so indulgent everyone should taste it! To turn this sauce into a gourmet dinner, make my easy Mushroom Pasta! GET THE RECIPE

creamy mushroom sauce

8. Kale Hummus, Creamy and Delicious

Creamy kale hummus with a little bit of ‘this & that’ and you have yourself a healthy, tasty and versatile hummus dish. GET THE RECIPE

kale hummus

9. Red Wine Sauce

A rich red wine sauce perfect for red meat and served in this recipe with duck. GET THE RECIPE

duck in red wine sauce

10. Roasted Veggie Dip

This vegan friendly Roasted Veggie Dip comes together beautifully with just a few ingredients. Even without the chicken it’s still fantastic because the flavors from the roasted vegetables are packed! Included (and the inspiration) are the leftover roasted veggies from this Italian Antipasti and this Roasted Tomatoes & Bell Pepper recipes. GET THE RECIPE

veggie dip

11. Roasted Red Pepper Dip Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Dip made with roasted peppers and tahini. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, comes together so quickly and tastes incredible! It’s not only creamy and delicious but also has a gorgeous color that can brighten up any dish that you decide to serve it with. GET THE RECIPE

12. Guacamole (so good!)

If we posted about the number of times we turn avocados into delicious guacamole the numbers would be horrific so we play it safe and post once ???? One of the perks of a guacamole recipe is that it requires real fresh, nutritious ingredients if you want to savor the real flavors. That and it takes a total of 10 minutes to make. GET THE RECIPE

guacamole recipe

13. Marinara Sauce

This is the most simple authentic Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe. A few ingredients, versatile and delicious! There is no secret to a great tomato sauce except to let the tomatoes simmer so although a marinara sauce can be made in 15 minutes, this is not the case here. For a much shorter version of marinara sauce take a look at this Easy Tomato Sauce With Parmigiano-Reggiano Rind. GET THE RECIPE

marinara sauce

14. Whipped Feta Cheese Dip

Cucumber and sundried tomato topping! This feta cheese dip is perfect in so many ways! It doesn’t involve any cooking and in summer that’s a sure bonus. GET THE RECIPE

whipped feta cheese dip

15. Cranberry Sauce

No thawing necessary, and with a few ingredients like cinnamon and orange peel you will have your very own homemade cranberry jar. GET THE RECIPE

cranberry sauce

16. Romesca Sauce

A vibrant, bold and versatile condiment that can be used as an appetizer/dip, on your vegetables, fish, chicken and more.

romesca sauce

17. Braai Sauce

This braai sauce recipe is not only delicious but also allows you to customize it with your preferred ingredients, making it a healthier option. Its versatility, quick preparation, and ease of use make it a fantastic choice for any occasion. GET THE RECIPE

18. Chimichurri Sauce

Versatile and pairs well with different cuts of meat and vegetables.  Conveniently made from scratch in 10 minutes and the colors of freshness in this chimichurri sauce certainly do elevate your food. GET THE RECIPE

19. Homemade Meat Gravy 

Smooth, creamy and delicious and so much easier than you might think. This meat gravy only takes a couple of minutes to make and you can make it one of two ways. GET THE RECIPE

20. Béchamel sauce

Also known as ‘white sauce‘ uses simple ingredients, is extremely versatile and can be used in countless ways in your cooking. GET THE RECIPE

21. Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

All it takes is 5 minutes! Pour it over a Greek Salad Red Cabbage And Corn Salador our fresh and crisp Cucumber and Onion Salad either way you’re getting a delicious creamy salad dressing! GET THE RECIPE

22. Strawberry Salad Dressing

Make this berry salad dressing for a pop of color and add it to any salad. A premium extra virgin olive oil will make all the difference! GET THE RECIPE

24. Tomato Meat Sauce

Homemade beef minced meat cooked low and slow in tomato sauce. It can be cooked in twenty to thirty minutes but to get the rich thick meat sauce ‘gravy’ you have to give it time. Patience is key to get the same results. Make it once and never go back to any jar, store-bought meat sauce again because it’s simply the best! GET THE RECIPE

25. Pizza Sauce

Easy Pizza Sauce featuring a few different ways to make easy pizza sauce because every real good pizza needs a good pizza sauce. GET THE RECIPES

26. Olive Oil Bread Dip

If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious way to elevate your bread game, look no further than this Italian Herbed Olive Oil Bread Dip.  This flavorful dip only takes a few minutes to prepare using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. GET THE RECIPE

27. Easy Tomato Sauce

This recipe uses 5 ingredients including cooking the rind of the Parmesan cheese (Parmigiana rind) for added flavor and it cooks in 20 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

28. Homemade Blueberry Jam

With a hint of warm spice this blueberry jam is refreshingly delicious and a healthier choice than a store-bought jar. GET THE RECIPE

Creamy Smashed Chickpeas

This smashed creamy chickpeas with lemon and tahini takes less than 10 minutes to prepare delicious with toast or on it’s own!  I don’t know what else to tell you except that you should make it because it’s not only a toast topping or for sandwiches it’s also great as a side dish! GET THE RECIPE

29. Strawberry Compote

An easy strawberry compote recipe and extremely versatile. Use this recipe when making any other berry compote. It takes a few minutes to make and you can use it on so many wonderful and delicious treats. GET THE RECIPE

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