The mark of what brings good meals to greatness is no doubt the vegan sauces (or spreads or dips). Almost all dishes need that little something extra for a little moisture and a lot of flavor. Toast? Add some hummus! Pasta? Add some pesto! Lettuce? Add some caesar dressing! These vegan sauces, spreads, and dressings take simple ingredients to the next level. They’re great for parties or for quick meals on busy days! Plus, they’re really healthy!
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Check out these 15 vegan sauces, spreads, and dressings! You’ll be happy you did!
1. Pepper and Almond Spread
Source: Pepper and Almond Spread
2. Apple Cider Dijon Vinaigrette
Source: Apple Cider Dijon Vinaigrette
This Apple Cider Dijon Vinaigrette by Wendy Irene is a quick dressing that has lots of room for creativity and personal tastes. Want more mustard? Go for it! Have a few herbs from the garden, mince them and throw them in. Think of this apple cider vinaigrette recipe as a blank canvas to add more or take away depending on what you have in your kitchen, and what your family likes.
3. Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Source: Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Pesto is an incredibly versatile sauce that can be enjoyed in countless ways. In addition to mixing it into pasta, noodles, rice and spiralized vegetables, you can use it as a dip for crackers and crudités, a topping for toast, pizza, salad, and baked potatoes, or a flavor booster for proteins. Homemade Pumpkin Seed Pesto by Tara Sunshine is super easy to make and you can have fun playing around with different nuts/seeds, greens, herbs, and “add-ins. It’s nut-free so everyone can enjoy it!
4. Red Lentil Hummus
Source: Red Lentil Hummus
5. Carrot Ginger Dressing
Source: Carrot Ginger Dressing
6. Dumplings With a Mushroom-Red Wine Sauce
7. Spreadable Herb Cashew-Hemp Cheese
Who says great cheese can’t be plant-based? This creamy, dreamy Spreadable Herb Cashew-Hemp Cheese by Charlie Rioux is made from raw cashews and hemp seeds and flavored with fresh herbs and a touch of lemon juice. It’s a perfect spread for crackers, sandwiches, bagels, or a dip for veggies.
8. Kale Caesar Salad With Oil-Free Croutons
Not sure about what to take to work for lunch, so that you can actually feel satisfied, energetic, and happy and avoid that post-lunch energy slump? This delicious vegan Kale Caesar Salad With Oil-Free Croutons by Marina Yanay-Triner will be your new favorite! It is easy to make pack in a container and take with you to work. Plus, it tastes so good that you won’t get sick of it! The dressing takes minutes to blend up. Then just add it to the kale with the croutons and you’re good to go! What is great about kale is that the longer it is mixed with dressing, the softer it gets, the more delicious it tastes. If you find kale to be bitter, you may still love this vegan Kale Caesar Salad With Oil-Free Croutons because of the taste change of massaged kale.
9. Thai Peanut Sauce
Source: Thai Peanut Sauce
We keep making this Thai Peanut Sauce by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD because it has tons of flavor and leaves veggie haters going back for seconds. We recommend steamed broccoli and mushrooms over a layer of cooked brown rice, topped with a generous scoop of sauce. For more flavor and texture, garnish with green onions, peanuts and red pepper flakes.
10. Smoked Tofu and Chickpea Spread
Source: Smoked Tofu and Chickpea Spread
11. Nourishing Black Bean Burger With Thousand Island Dressing
It’s BBQ party season and this Nourishing Black Bean Burger With Thousand Island Dressing by Maria Koutsogiannis is the perfect addition to your next gathering. They will be the star of the show. They’re super delicious, nutritious, and easy to follow! Don’t skip out on the homemade Thousand Island sauce because it really makes this burger.
12. Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce
Source: Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce
This Vegan Alfredo Cream Sauce by Julie Zimmer is nutritiously vegan, light and creamy, and packed with flavor. It’s also easy to make. The only equipment you need is a blender and an oven. If you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or you just want to avoid dairy products, give this recipe a serious go. This vegan Alfredo cream sauce uses raw cashews which are rich in protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and potassium. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids and other heart-healthy fats.
13. Kalamata Tapenade
Source: Kalamata Tapenade
14. Coconut Brown Rice Bowl With Avocado Cream Dressing
The flavors in this Coconut Brown Rice Bowl With Avocado Cream Dressing by Taryn Fitz-Gerald are quite complimenting. The coconut rice adds a cozy flavor, the roasted sweet potatoes add a delicious sweetness, the black beans add a subtle savoriness, and the celery adds a lovely crunch. The avocado a la creme dressing and pine nuts tie the dish together beautifully. While brown rice can sometimes taste a bit bland and husky, slowly cooking brown rice with half quantities of water and coconut cream makes all the difference. It infuses delicious coconutty flavor into each grain. This coconut brown rice bowl is not only tasty, but also really healthy! Brown rice is rich in manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and many vitamins. It is also a great source of protein! This coconut brown rice bowl is a wholesome dish loaded with nutrients and delicious flavor!
15. 3-Ingredient Marinara
Source: 3-Ingredient Marinara
Marinara Sauce made with just 3 ingredients. All this recipe needs is canned tomato, garlic cloves, basil, and 15~20 minutes of cook time. It has a beautiful red color and is subtly flavored with garlic and basil. Serve this 3-Ingredient Marinara by Pavani Nandula with pasta, as pizza sauce, or as dipping sauce.
If you loved these vegan sauces, make sure to check out 15 Recipes That Prove Homemade Vegan Butter is Awesome!, 10 Dairy-Free Cheese Sauces That Will Change Your Life!, and 15 Meat-Free, Dairy-Free Sauces to Try With Your Next Meal!
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