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Caitlin Bensel

These DIY sauces will help you dress up main dishes quickly while capitalizing on the season's best produce so you can enjoy those long summer evenings.

Mary Claire Britton and Jamie Vespa
May 15, 2018

Dip into our stash of easy summer sauces to take your weeknight suppers to the next level. A dollop of sweet fruit relish or pungent carrot sauce amplifies the taste of grilled chicken and roasted lamb without a lot of fuss. Wow your crowd with with ranch dressing infused with a hit of tahini to add Mediterranean flair to a wrap or kebabs. Go nuts with an earthy pesto over mussels or atop steak for richer flavor.

Fresh Cherry Relish

For the best relish texture and presentation, be sure to evenly and finely chop all of the ingredients. Serve with grilled pork tenderloin, lamb chops, or grilled chicken cutlets. Spoon leftovers on whole-wheat baguette slices spread with goat cheese.

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Flaxseed and Parsley Pesto

Caitlin Bensel

Toasting the flaxseeds and walnuts first brings out their rich, nutty flavor. Serve with steak or chicken, or stir into a pot of steamed mussels and serve with crusty bread.

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Take advantage of peak-season summer produce.

Tahini Ranch Dressing

Caitlin Bensel

Ranch just got a snazzy makeover. Smooth and creamy with a nice jolt of lemon and herbs, this is perfect over kebabs or your favorite pita sandwich.

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Carrot-Ginger Turmeric Sauce

Caitlin Bensel

Fresh turmeric looks similar to its relative–fresh ginger–but with an orange hue. Drizzle this sauce over roasted lamb or grilled chicken thighs.

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