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Dairy-Free Dressings & Sauces

Enhance your dishes with a unique dressing or sauce.

Cilantro Pistou

Pistou is the Provençal version of pesto. Minus the nuts and cheese, the condiment is stirred into hot soups just before serving or used as a bread dip. Here we’ve used cilantro instead of the traditional fresh basil to create a sauce that complements Southwestern and Asian dishes just as well as it does Mediterranean recipes.

Berry-Apricot Salsa

Berry-Apricot Salsa

Not all salsas have to be savory. Try this sweet concoction as a topping for yogurt or pancakes, or spoon some into the center of a small melon half or over ice cream for dessert.

Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream

For vegan recipes, cashew cream is the preferred substitute for cheese, cream, and sour cream. Here’s how to make a 3-cup batch, which will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Gravy

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme Gravy

Oven-browned vegetables and lots of fresh herbs give this gravy its robust flavor. Be sure to use russet or Idaho potatoes, which are high-starch varieties that have a smooth, creamy texture and begin to fall apart when boiled.

Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Swapping strained tomatoes for the ketchup traditionally used in homemade barbecue sauce reduces the sugar in the final product. Be sure to cover the sauce while it cooks, otherwise the thick mixture will spatter all over the stove. The sauce will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator and can be used in place of any prepared sauce.

Avocado-Cucumber Dressing with Dill

Avocado-Cucumber Dressing with Dill

Avocado and cucumber play off each other when blended in a dressing that’s crisply flavored yet rich in texture. Try with arugula, finely chopped kale, and green onions for a green-on-green starter.

 

Port-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Port-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Fresh and dried cranberries are simmered with apple, ginger, and port for a subtly sweet sauce. If you don’t want to use port, you can substitute cranberry or pomegranate juice.

Chard and Tofu Wontons in Sambal Soy Sauce

Chard and Tofu Wontons in Sambal Soy Sauce

Sambal oelek is a very spicy, slightly sour Indonesian hot sauce made from whole ground chiles (with the seeds). This recipe was inspired by the spicy wontons that VT recipe tester Fiona Kennedy enjoyed on a trip to China.

Parsley-Garlic Crème

Parsley-Garlic Crème

Dollop this sauce atop Mediterranean Terrine slices, or pass it around the table in a small bowl so guests can serve themselves.

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