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Dressings & Sauces

Enhance your dishes with a unique dressing or sauce.
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Fresh Corn and Tomatillo Salsa

Nothing says summer like corn. Here, kernels are heated just enough to lose their raw taste, then mixed into a chunky salsa verde. Try the mixture stirred into mashed avocado for instant guacamole.

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Pear and Port Gravy

Substitute pomegranate or grape juice for the port and red wine if you want to make this sophisticated gravy recipe sans alcohol.

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Creamy Balsamic Dressing

The soft tofu in this dressing whips up creamy when blended in a food processor. Spoon over a chilled wedge of iceberg lettuce or roasted cabbage slices.

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Rouille Sauce

In the south of France, this spicy sauce is traditionally spread on toasted croutons and dipped into bouillabaisse. But its delicious flavors complement more than just fish soup. Try croutons and rouille with your favorite soup, or use the sauce as a sandwich spread or dip. If oil rises to the top during storage, stir or blend the rouille in a food processor before using.

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Cranberry Sauce with Hard Cider and Mustard

Tweak the cranberry sauce tradition with this mustard-laced version that’s more tangy than sweet. The sauce
works well with faux turkey and tofu steaks and makes a nice spread for sandwiches. Serve warm or cold.

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Black Currant Coulis

Fresh black currants have a very short season, but both the fruit and this dessert sauce freeze well. For the coulis, simply fill containers three-quarters full and freeze. Serve with yogurt or ice cream.

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Quick Aioli

This quick sauce is a great vegan substitute for traditional aïoli, which is made with raw egg yolks and lots of olive oil.

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Creamy Chipotle Dressing

The chipotle in this creamy dressing imparts a low, rumbling heat. Toss with your favorite salad greens, or use as a dip for vegetable sticks. Extra dressing will keep in the fridge up to 1 week.

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Kale-Pecan Pesto

Any type of kale will work in this pasta sauce as long as it is wilted until tender before blending. Serve with long pasta strands, such as spaghetti or linguine.

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Strawberry-Balsamic Chutney

This sweet-and-sour condiment is loaded with vitamin C and goes with just about anything. Make a big batch to keep in the fridge to serve over steamed veggies or whole grains.