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Low-Calorie 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.

Dark Leafy Pesto

Made with blanched greens, this pesto gets a hint of Southern flavor from pecans and fresh sage. You could even spice it up with a dash of hot sauce.

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.