If you looking for sauce recipes to level up salads, vegetable side dishes, and pasta, you’ve come to the right place!

These delicious and easy sauces and dressings are easy to makehealthyfresh, and vibrant. We’ve listed 25 of our best condiments and dips that can help you dress your next meal, such as pesto, vinaigrette, mayonnaise, sour cream, and creamy dressing.

Easy sauce recipes for pasta, salads and vegetables

Browse through this list, and take your pick: these healthy sauces will make those greens pop and add extra nutrition to your meal.

25 Easy Sauce Recipes

How to serve your sauce and dressings

Drizzle your choice of sauce, dressing, or dip with a vegetable side dish or salad:

Combine your favorite sauces and load your roasted veggies with a symphony of condiments:

Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini dressing and almonds
Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce and chimichurri.

How to store homemade sauces

Store these sauces and dressings in an air-tight container in the fridge. Eat within 2-3 days of making them, but they are best and freshest on the day of preparing them.

For pesto sauces, use them straight away or refrigerate them immediately to prevent them from turning brown due to oxidation. If you want to keep it for longer, then freeze it. Pesto freezes well for up to 6 months. Put it in a small jar or in ice cube trays to have smaller portions at hand.

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For more condiment ideas, check out our dressing and sauces category page.

Easy sauce recipes for salads, veggies, and grain bowls

25 Easy Sauces

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 3 votes
Creamy, nutty, rich, or sweet, tangy and herby, these 25 sauces are the perfect favorite drizzle-on everything condiments. Take your pick from these dressings, pesto and dips that brighten up your salads, side dishes, and grain bowls.
This recipe is for an authentic tahini sauce, one that is not bitter, with just 5 simple ingredients.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 11 tablespoons
Course: Dressing & Sauces
Cuisine: Middle-Eastern


  • cup tahini made with 100% hulled sesame seeds, light-colored
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Take the jar of tahini and stir the content with a spoon. It's possible that if you haven't used it in a while the sesame oils and the sesame paste separate, so giving it a quick stir before using it helps.
    Pour tahini into a medium bowl, then add fresh lemon juicewater, a peeled and crushed garlic clove, and salt.
    ingredients for tahini sauce in a bowl
  • Whisk for about a minute or two, until ingredients are combined and the tahini changes color and goes from light brown to beige.
  • Taste and adjust for salt and lemon juice. Tahini sauce should be creamy but quite runny.
    Keep in mind that as it sits, the sauce thickens up slightly. You might need to add a little more water until you reach your desired consistency.
    tahini sauce with roasted potatoes


Tahini Sauce | a favorite drizzle-on-everything sauce


Nutrition information is for 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce.


Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 37mg, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin B6: 1mg, Vitamin C: 1mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 1µg, Calcium: 11mg, Folate: 8µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 7mg, Zinc: 1mg
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