Dunk, drizzle, slather, or smother your favorite grilled proteins, roasted vegetables, salads, or grain bowls in these 5-minute sauces.

Jamie Vespa
July 19, 2017

Take your everyday meals to the next level with our quick, simple, and versatile sauces. These recipes are infinitely riffable, as long as you stick to the founding sauce elements—acid, fat, salt, and sweetness—to round out the flavor profile. Nut butters are rich sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and a wide variety of key health-promoting compounds like carotenoids, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Look for nut butters without added sugar or palm oil; the only two ingredients should be nuts and salt.

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Chili-Lime Peanut Butter Sauce

This peanut sauce makes a great dipping sauce for spring rolls or crudité, and is equally delicious on a salad or tossed with soba noodles. A dash of fish sauce adds a hit of funk and flavor to this versatile sauce.

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Sesame-Soy Cashew Butter Sauce

A sultry cashew sauce makes even the most virtuous meals feel indulgent. You can use this creamy vegan sauce as a condiment for grilled meats or roasted vegetables, or even as a dressing for salads or grain bowls. Toasted sesame oil plays well with soy sauce, adding nutty depth with a hit of umami.

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Zippy Almond Butter Sauce

This creamy sauce is great drizzled over your favorite salad, grain bowl, or roasted veggies. Almond butter has a naturally sweet, mild flavor that plays well with citrus and ginger. Almonds have more vitamin E than any other nut, plus they’re rich in fiber and bone-healthy calcium.