When I’m making pretty much anything, I need a sauce to go with it. So over the past few years, I’ve tried to figure out what I can put on salads, sandwiches, etc., that has simple ingredients, is easy to make, and good for you. Some are only 1 ingredient! (You’ll see what I mean)
Pico De Gallo: The way I make it is simple, I throw 2 tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 jalepeño, a bunch of cilantro, and 2 cloves fresh garlic in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times. Then I add about 1 tsp salt, and a the juice of a lime. Pulse a couple more times. DONE!
Chimichurri: Another easy sauce that can be used on any meat or fish, but also as a great salad dressing or veggie dip! I usually just throw a bunch of cilantro or parsley, about 1/4 cup evoo, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, 3-4 cloves garlic, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until your desired consistency. I also like to add a couple shakes of crushed red pepper. This isn’t a standard recipe for chimichurri, but I like to keep it simple. Click here for a great recipe for a standard chimichurri.
Tahini Dressing: So this one I really eyeball the measurements, so feel free to adjust to your liking. Here is approximately what I do. I add 1 tbsp tahini, juice of a lemon, 1 clove fresh garlic, and salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk until combined. PRO TIP! Leave the tahini out of the fridge to reach room temp before you use it, it will mix much more easily.
HOT SAUCE: You guys, this is the easiest thing ever. If you like spicy, just add hot sauce. I do this on sandwiches, bowls, wraps, you name it. It’s the easiest way to add flavor, without adding all the extra sugar, weird ingredients, or calories.
Hummus: Hummus is another one of my favorite condiments, or “sauces”. If you are buying store bought like I do, make sure it’s a brand that only uses organic, non-gmo, whole ingredients. Such as my favorite lately, Hope Foods! This flavor above is the coconut curry.
Balsamic: 1 ingredient! Just drizzle it on your salads, veggies, whatever! No olive oil is really needed unless you want to add some extra healthy fats like I do sometimes. I especially like balsamic on brussel sprouts, or a spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese.
Let me know if you try any of these dressings, or if you have any other recipes for me to try!