There’s just something about a saucy, juicy, savory meal, especially when you know where all the ingredients in the sauce come from. When cooks boast about their secret ingredients, those unexpected flavors are often part of the sauce. The ingredients in these vegan sauces aren’t secret, though, just a great way to change up your day to day flavors, or reinvent leftovers. What we love about sauce is how easy they make sticking to the whole foods we promised ourselves we’d eat. Of course, the dishes under the sauce are worth a try, too.

Check out these 25 vegan sauces––they’ll make any dish taste amazing!

1. Homemade Spicy Red Wine Tomato Sauce

If you eat plant-based, you probably are used to marinara, because unlike most sauces, it’s usually meat and dairy free. This sauce is no prosaic marinara, however. With an array of zesty spices, a bit of a burn, and red wine in the mix, this tomato sauce will rescue any pasta dish.

Spicy Red Wine Tomato Sauce

2. Vegan ‘Fish’ Sauce

A staple in Thai and Vietnamese cooking, ‘fish’ sauce will also come in handy for giving other dishes more flavor, with mushroom soy sauce, garlic and peppercorns.

Vegan Fish Sauce

3. Delicious Vegan Vodka Cream Sauce

This lush-ious sauce is heavy on the cashews and marinara, making a creamy yet familiar sauce for pasta, whole grains or baked veggies.

Vegan Vodka Cream Sauce

4. Spaghetti Squash With Alfredo Sauce

Cashews form the base of this creamy Alfredo sauce, while kelp and nutmeg refresh the usual spice blend of garlic and basil.

Spaghetti Squash With Alfredo Sauce

5. Tempeh ‘Fish’ N’ Chips With Tartar Sauce

Sour and creamy, tartar sauce is a familiar comfort food to some and exotic to others. Either way, with only four ingredients this tartar sauce is quick and easy, but no less satisfying.

Tempeh 'Fish' N' Chips With Tartar Sauce

6. Greatest Homemade Hot Sauce

This hot sauce claims to be the greatest. If you find that hard to believe, you’ll have to challenge the sauce for its trophy. Your other option is to eat all of it, and worry about whether or not it was the greatest later. Either way, it is definitely hot!

homemade Hot Sauce

7. Raw Hot Sauce

For the raw foodies, and anyone who wants to give raw food a fair shake in their diet, hot sauce is just as easy and delicious raw, not to mention just as spicy.

Raw Hot Sauce

8. Homemade Healthy Barbecue Sauce

The store bought barbecue sauce might sometimes be cruelty free, but the ingredient list isn’t exactly inspiring. This healthy barbecue sauce, on the other hand, will taste amazing without the gross additives.

Homemade Healthy Barbecue Sauce

9. Lemon-Cannelini Sauce

A cannelini bean-based sauce comes to life with garlic and nutritional yeast.

Lemon-Cannelini Sauce

10. Vegan Bolognese Sauce

While normally meat-heavy, one clever vegan has found away to make the legendary bolognese sauce transcend into the realm of meat-free sauces just in time to take over your taste buds and your dinner table. Tempeh, mushrooms and lentils give this sauce an excellent texture.

Vegan Bolognese Sauce

11. Creamy Pumpkin Seed Alfredo With Kale and Sweet Peas

Pumpkin season is in the air. But hey, once November has passed pumpkin seeds will still be yummy and good for you. There may only be so many ways to make alfredo, but this one is both inventive and just right.

Creamy Pumpkin Seed Alfredo With Kale and Sweet Peas

12. Spicy Rose Sauce

So maybe there are a few special, secret ingredients. Rose, normally reserved for teas and baked goods, turns this spicy pasta sauce into a magic carpet ride.

Spicy Rose Sauce

13. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

You caught us. We’re kind of into cream. But when you make that cream out of cauliflower, it isn’t even fatty. With nuts and a cheesy flavor, this one is especially good for kids, but adults are allowed too.

Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

14. Steamed Sweet Potatoes With Wild Rice, Basil and Tomato Chili Sauce

This yummy chili sauce has miso, maple and lemon to go with the heat.

Steamed Sweet Potatoes With Wild Rice, Basil and Tomato Chili Sauce

15. Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Look, more Alfredo! If you’re not that into Alfredo, sorry, but there’s a reason this cheesy, creamy sauce is such a favorite, and there’s so many nuances for how to make it.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

16. Nut Cream and Wild Mushroom Sauce

Mushrooms have a lot going for them: meaty, creamy, nutritious and versatile, as well as (usually) cheap and earth-friendly to grow. Add mushrooms to our perennial favorite, nut cream, and we have a match!

nut Cream and Wild Mushroom Sauce

17. Roasted Beetroot and Ginger Chutney

Beets are brilliant and sweet, a natural food coloring and a great source folate, fiber and riboflavin. With ginger, cilantro, cumin, and asafetida this beetroot chutney brightens the room as a side dish or sauce.

Roasted Beetroot and Ginger Chutney

18. Tofu Vegetable Kebabs With Peanut Sauce

Roasting kebabs doesn’t have to be over now that it’s gotten cold. With or without the kebabs, peanut sauce is like peanut butter’s grown up sibling, hearty and rich, and great to drizzle over vegetables and tofu.

Tofu Vegetable Kebabs With Peanut Sauce

19. Wild Garlic Gnocchi in Almond Cream Sauce

Wild mushrooms and almond butter make this almond cream sauce a rich addition, with a lovely overdose of garlic. If you’re not in the mood to make gnocchi, just eat the mushrooms.

Wild Garlic Gnocchi in Almond Cream Sauce

20. Broccoli Cream Sauce

Made with oat or soy cream and adorable little broccoli florets, this cream sauce can accommodate the nut-free vegans too!

Broccoli Cream Sauce

21. Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

Adorning these lovely corn fritters, you will find the sweet chili sauce your pots dream of at night. Assuming they dream. While not exactly healthy and best in moderation, your taste buds will gasp in relief at the absence of corn syrup, and your fingers will probably be very sticky.

Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

22. Fresh Kale and Cashew Sauce

This sauce is like a savory green smoothie with cheesy nutritional yeast. In a good way.

Kale and Cashew Sauce

22. Yogurt Sauce

The vegan kind, of course. Jazzing up this delish veggies and quinoa is just the start of what a good yogurt sauce can do.

vegan Yogurt Sauce


23. Mint Chutney

If you haven’t had a green chutney before, this one is similar to hot salsa verde, although made with pretty different ingredients. Mint is easy to grow, and mint chutney comes recommended when you want your breath to smell good after a meal.

Mint Chutney

24. Indian Mint and Cilantro Chutney with Ginger

With more nuance than mint chutney, this is a good opportunity to take your favorite Indian food home, or find a fun way to expand your repertoire.

Indian Mint and Cilantro Chutney with Ginger

25. Lemon-Olive Sauce

This olive and lemon combo might be less fantastic without the moroccan tofu, but probably not. We think most veggies and whole foods would enjoy its delightful company.

Lemon-Olive Sauce
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