The BEST Vegan Sauces

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Say hello to the ULTIMATE collection of vegan sauces! We’ve compiled 60+ recipes perfect for adding flavor to your meals. Think salad dressings, condiments, pasta sauces, and beyond!

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Stirring a bowl of bright yellow sauce made from chickpeas, turmeric, nutritional yeast, and more
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5-Minute Liquid Gold Sauce (Oil-Free, Plant-Based)
A creamy, dreamy, vibrant sauce that looks like liquid gold. Made with simple ingredients like chickpeas, lemon, garlic, and nutritional yeast, it’s perfect for adding to bowl meals, salads, roasted vegetables, and more! Just 10 minutes and 1 blender required!
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Bowl of our vibrant green homemade curry paste
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Easy Green Curry Paste
Easy 10-minute green curry paste made in a food processor or blender! Big flavor and perfect for adding to sauces, curries, salad dressings, and more!
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Tray with a bowl of Easy DIY Harissa Paste
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Easy DIY Harissa Paste
How to make harissa paste in less than 30 minutes! Enjoy using this North African spicy red sauce to add heat to dressings, sauces, soups, and more!
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Using a spoon to smooth the top of a bowl of Korean-Inspired homemade Gochujang sauce
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Easy Gochujang Sauce (Korean Chili Paste)
Easy-to-make Korean-inspired Gochujang sauce that’s vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and soy-free! Just 5 minutes, 5 ingredients, and 1 blender required.
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Jar filled with a batch of our homemade Red Enchilada Sauce recipe
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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce
Smoky, rich, spicy red enchilada sauce made with simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Perfect for taking your enchiladas to the next level.
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Cutting board with a bowl of homemade marinara beside ingredients used to make it
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Easy 1-Pot Marinara Sauce
Easy, 1-pot marinara sauce that's rich in flavor, color, and nutrients. Simply seasoned, cooked low and slow, and perfect for any Italian dish!
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Jar and spoonful of easy homemade Romesco Sauce surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Easy Romesco Sauce
Easy, flavorful romesco sauce made with just 7 ingredients in 30 minutes. The perfect sauce for veggie bowls, pasta, Italian dishes, and beyond.
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Wood board filled with Roasted Cauliflower Tacos made with Adobo Romesco
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Romesco
Smoky, roasted cauliflower tacos with a spicy chipotle romesco sauce! An easy (30 minutes!) and flavorful plant-based meal that’s versatile, healthy, and so satisfying!
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Whisking together homemade peanut sauce in a mixing bowl
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5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce
Creamy, savory-sweet peanut sauce made with 5 ingredients! Perfect for spring rolls, salad rolls, Pad Thai, salads, and more!
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Collard Green Spring Rolls in a wood bowl with dipping sauce
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Collard Green Spring Rolls + Sunflower Butter Dipping Sauce
Spring rolls with a twist! Veggies + tofu wrapped in collard greens and served with a spicy-sweet sunflower butter dipping sauce. A satisfying and healthy plant-based snack or side.
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Bowl of our delicious Spicy Mango Chutney recipe topped with fresh cilantro
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1-Pot Spicy Mango Chutney
Delicious mango chutney made in 1 pot with simple ingredients. The spicy-sweet sauce is perfect for serving alongside your favorite Indian-inspired dishes. 
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Bowl of green chutney with a small wooden spoon in it
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Easy Green Chutney
Creamy Indian-inspired green chutney made with cilantro, lime, and garlic. Just 6 ingredients, 10 minutes, and 1 food processor required!
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Wood board filled with ingredients for making our Vegan Chimichurri recipe
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Magic Green Sauce (10 minutes!)
Creamy, spicy chimichurri-inspired sauce that requires 10 minutes and 8 ingredients! Perfect for adding to tacos, grilled vegetables, veggie burgers, and more!
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Spoon resting in a bowl of our Easy Vegan Pesto recipe
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Easy Vegan Pesto (5 minutes!)
The easiest vegan pesto in 5 minutes! Cheesy and flavorful despite being dairy-free, plus an option for lower oil/fat. It’s the perfect plant-based spread for Italian dishes and more!
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HEALTHY Super Green Vegan Pesto! BIG flavor, 10 minutes, 1 bowl, SO delicious. #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #sauce #pesto #greens #minimalistbaker #recipe
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Super-Green Vegan Kale Pesto
Easy vegan pesto with tons of fresh herbs, nutrient-rich kale, seeds, and nutritional yeast! The perfect 10-minute spread or sauce for Italian night and beyond! Vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free optional.
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Baking pan filled with homemade Sweet Potato Lasagna drizzled with basil pesto
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Sweet Potato Lasagna
Simple, 9-ingredient sweet potato lasagna with tofu ricotta and a pesto drizzle. Entirely plant-based and so delicious!
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Mortar and pestle of Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole with veggie chips
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Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole
Incredibly fluffy guacamole infused with crushed rosemary, garlic, and serrano pepper! Just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients required for this plant-based side, appetizer, or sauce!
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Using a tortilla chip to scoop up a bite of My Go-To Guacamole recipe
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My Go-To Guacamole
Incredibly creamy, flavorful guacamole ready in just 1 bowl, 10 minutes, and with 8 ingredients! The perfect dip for Mexican night!
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Using a spoon to drizzle homemade Vegan Sour Cream over a baked sweet potato
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Cultured Vegan Sour Cream
Crazy delicious vegan sour cream cultured with live probiotics! Just 5 ingredients and simple methods required, and the result is a creamy, dreamy, tangy sour cream delicious on just about everything!
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Dipping a chip into a bowl of Vegan Cashew Queso
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5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso
Creamy vegan queso ready in just 5 minutes! Cheesy, quick and easy to make, and perfect for serving with nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!
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Ceramic baking dish filled with Creamy Roasted Jalapeno Vegan Queso
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Roasted Jalapeño Vegan Queso (7 ingredients!)
7-ingredient vegan queso with spicy roasted jalapeño, smoky spices, and cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. The creamiest dairy-free cheese on the block.
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Tortilla chips and a bowl of homemade Vegan Queso made without cashews
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Cashew-Less Vegan Queso
Easy vegan queso made cashew-, dairy-, soy-, and gluten-free! Eggplant keeps the flavor neutral and the texture creamy! The perfect dairy-free queso!
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Vegan Mexican Queso falling off a whisk into a bowl
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Smoky Vegan Cheese (Three Ways)
10-minute vegan cheese with smoky spices THREE ways: shakeable, spreadable, or pourable! Healthy, easy, fast, and surprisingly close to the real thing.
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Ceramic dish filled with a batch of our Easy Red Salsa recipe
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Easy Red Salsa
Easy, 10-minute red salsa with smoky, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, and fresh lime juice! Flavorful, fresh, and perfect for Mexican night!
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White ceramic dish filled with homemade Blended Red Salsa beside tortilla chips, limes, and tomato
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Blended Red Salsa
Simple blended red salsa in just 30 minutes! Carrots add natural sweetness and a pop of color, while chipotle peppers bring a touch of heat.
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Spoon and container of homemade Habanero Hot Sauce beside lime wedges and habanero stems
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Spicy Habanero Hot Sauce
Insanely delicious, spicy habanero hot sauce with 5 simple ingredients: onion, garlic, lime, habanero peppers, and salt! Spicy, creamy, and perfect atop tacos, burritos, nachos, and more!
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Bowl of dressing surrounded by Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups
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Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
30-minute Mexican quinoa salad cups loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats from quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, and a creamy, vegan cilantro-lime dressing!
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Platter of our Lentil Curry Salad made with Kale, Roasted Veggies, and Green Curry Dressing
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Curry Roasted Vegetable & Lentil Kale Salad
A hearty, intensely flavorful kale salad with roasted curried vegetables, lentils, and a tangy, spicy green curry dressing. Just 30 minutes required!
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Using wooden salad spoons to pick up a serving of Lentil Grape Cauliflower Salad
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Curried Cauliflower, Grape & Lentil Salad
Crazy delicious kale salad topped with red grapes, lentils, and curry roasted cauliflower. Served with a tahini-green curry paste dressing! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful side or entrée.
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Bowl of simple homemade Vegan Caesar Dressing on a cutting board
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5-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing
A creamy, hummus-based vegan Caesar Dressing in just 5 minutes with simple ingredients! The perfect plant-based dressing for salads.
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Using salad tongs to pick up a serving of our delicious Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
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Chickpea Caesar Salad
This Chickpea Caesar Salad is ready in just 30 minutes! Kale provides a hearty base while the zesty cashew Caesar dressing brings the whole dish to life. The perfect side to any main!
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Pouring balsamic vinegar into a bowl for homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
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How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette
An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make delicious balsamic vinaigrette every time. Perfect for warm and cold salads, roasted veggies, and more!
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Whisking together ingredients for our easy Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe
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How to Make Lemon Vinaigrette
An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make delicious lemon vinaigrette every time. Perfect for warm and cold salads, roasted veggies, and more!
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Bowl of Creamy Vegan Ranch dressing surrounded by fresh chopped vegetables for dipping
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Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing (Oil-Free!)
Creamy, oil-free vegan ranch requiring just 10 simple ingredients and 1 bowl with BIG flavor! The perfect dairy-free dressing for salads, vegetables, and more!
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Stirring a bowl of Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing
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Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing
Creamy vegan ranch dressing gets an upgrade from chipotle pepper. A tangy, spicy, savory dressing perfect for salads, cruditès, dipping, and more! 1 blender, ~30 minutes, and simple ingredients required.
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Bowl of Creamy Vegan Chipotle Dressing topped with a swirl of adobo sauce
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5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Dressing
A creamy, smoky chipotle dressing made in 1 bowl in 5 minutes, with just 6 simple ingredients. The perfect quick dairy-free dressing for just about any salad!
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Whisking a bowl of homemade Maple Tahini Dressing for adding to kale salad
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How To Make Tahini
Easy, 2 ingredient DIY tahini! Perfect for adding to hummus, dressings, and more!
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How to Make Tahini Dressing
A creamy, rich sauce of tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice, and maple syrup! Add garlic or salt for extra flavor. The perfect dressing or sauce for salads, falafel, sandwiches, and more!
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Wooden salad bowl loaded with Abundance Kale Salad
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Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing
An abundant kale salad with roasted sweet potato, zucchini, avocado, sprouts, crispy chickpeas, and kimchi! Topped with a savory tahini dressing, this salad makes the perfect 30-minute meal or side.
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Using a whisk to mix a bowl of simple homemade tahini sauce
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3 Ingredient Tahini Sauce For Everything
Creamy, savory tahini sauce with just 3 ingredients! The perfect vegan sauce for falafel, salads, veggie burgers, and everything in between!
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Plate of our delicious Roasted Fennel Salad with edges of the salad platter and bowl of dressing in the corners
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Curry Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing
Insanely delicious 30-minute salad with crispy, tender curry-roasted fennel. Topped with red bell pepper and a creamy tahini rosemary dressing. Add crispy chickpeas for an optional boost of protein, fiber, and crunch!
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Spoon resting in a bowl of our Lemony Ginger Tahini Sauce
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Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce
A perfectly balanced & gingery tahini sauce PERFECT for salads, dipping, bowl meals, and more. Just 1 bowl, 5 minutes, and 5 ingredients required!
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Bowl of Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing with a swirl of toasted sesame oil
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Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing
Creamy, rich tahini dressing infused with fresh ginger, garlic, and miso paste. Perfect for topping salads, bowls, and more. Just 10 minutes and 8 ingredients required!
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Bowl of homemade Vegan Tzatziki beside carrots, cucumber, dill, and lemon
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6-Ingredient Vegan Tzatziki
Easy, 1-Bowl vegan tzatziki made with 6 simple ingredients! Creamy, tangy, and the perfect dairy-free alternative to traditional tzatziki.
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roasted carrots plated with a bowl of creamy garlic dill sauce and a fresh dill and lemon garnish
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4-Ingredient Dill Garlic Sauce
A 4-ingredient creamy hummus-based sauce with fresh lemon, garlic, and dill! The result is a tangy, zesty, herby sauce that’s perfect for salads, falafel, wraps, and more! Made with ingredients you likely always have on hand!
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Using a pita chip to scoop up a bite of homemade Hummus from Scratch
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How to Make Hummus From Scratch
How to make hummus from scratch with simple methods and 6 wholesome ingredients. Creamy, garlicky, hearty, and big in flavor! Customizable, easy to make, and a classic recipe to have on hand!
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Bowl of homemade hummus topped with olive oil and paprika
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Easy 5-Minute Microwave Hummus
6-ingredient hummus that comes together in 5 minutes and is magically transformed into the best hummus thanks to the MICROWAVE! Trust me. It’s the best hummus I’ve ever made at home!
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Bowl of Golden Goddess Turmeric Hummus surrounded by carrot sticks
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Golden Goddess (Turmeric) Hummus
10-minute golden hummus infused with anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric! Creamy, flavorful, and protein-packed!
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Bowl of Vegan Chipotle Aioli on a cutting board with chilies and lemon
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5-Ingredient Chipotle Aioli
Spicy, delicious, 5-ingredient Chipotle Aioli that's entirely vegan and gluten-free. Perfect for slathering on veggie burgers, fries, onion rings, and more.
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Picking up a spoonful of Avocado Aioli from a glass jar
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Easy Avocado Aioli (Oil-Free!)
An incredibly creamy oil-free aioli made with ripe avocado! Just 6 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required for this dip or sauce that’s perfect alongside roasted potatoes, veggies, chips, and more!
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Jar of homemade Vegan Mayo made with aquafaba
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Easy Vegan Aquafaba Mayo
Creamy, tangy vegan mayo made with aquafaba! 5 minutes, 6 ingredients, and 1 bowl required! A delicious and versatile plant-based spread perfect for sandwiches, sauces, dressings, and more!
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Baking sheet of Sweet Potato Wedges beside a measuring cup of No-Honey Mustard Sauce
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Sweet Potato Wedges with No-Honey Mustard Sauce
30-minute roasted sweet potato wedges with creamy “no-honey” mustard dipping sauce! Savory, sweet, and so healthy and delicious.
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Spoon in a jar of homemade Whiskey BBQ Ketchup on a wood cutting board
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Whiskey BBQ Ketchup
10-ingredient, 30-minute, 1-bowl homemade ketchup! So simple yet flavorful, with the bold flavor of BBQ and a hint of booziness from the whiskey. Perfect on fries, burgers, and everything in between.
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Stirring a batch of our Easy Vegan Gravy recipe
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Easy Vegan Gravy
Easy-to-make 15-minute vegan gravy! Saucy, hearty, flavorful, customizable, and perfect for holidays, topping mashed potatoes, and more!
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Large plate with two Vegan biscuits sliced open and topped with gravy
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Vegan Biscuits and Gravy
Flaky vegan biscuits with thick, peppery mushroom gravy! A flavorful, healthy, satisfying 30-minute vegan breakfast.
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Bowl of fluffy vegan ricotta cheese topped with fresh parsley
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Cashew Ricotta Cheese (Soy-Free, Fast, Easy!)
Quick, fluffy vegan ricotta cheese made with 5 simple ingredients including cashews, lemon, and garlic. Comes together in a food processor or blender and is perfect for pasta, pizza, salads, and more!
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Pan filled with a batch of the Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac n Cheese
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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese
THE BEST Vegan, Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese made with 8 simple ingredients in 1 hour! Cheesy, hearty, and so satisfying.
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Big plate of Vegan Cashew Alfredo made with zucchini noodles
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30-Minute Cashew Alfredo
Creamy, saucy cashew alfredo in 30 minutes! The perfect plant-based sauce for all your pasta night needs.
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Big plate of simple and delicious Vegan Alfredo Pasta
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30-Minute Vegan Alfredo (GF)
Creamy, 30-minute vegan alfredo made with 9 ingredients and simple methods. Add spring peas and vegan parmesan cheese for a satisfying plant-based meal.
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Wooden spoon resting in a pot of Creamy Vegan White Pasta with Summer Vegetables
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Creamy Vegan White Pasta with Summer Vegetables
A light, cheesy white vegan pasta with summer vegetables. Incredibly versatile, 10 ingredients, and a delicious plant-based side or entrée!
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Wooden spoon in a pan of Vegan Tempeh Bolognese topped with fresh parsley leaves
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1-Pan Tempeh Bolognese
Hearty, saucy 1-pan tempeh bolognese! Easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes, and perfect for pasta, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and more!
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Bottle of homemade Vegan Fish Sauce on a blue linen with ingredients used to make it
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5-Ingredient Vegan Fish Sauce
Need a plant-based substitute for fish sauce? This is it! Just 5 ingredients required, ready in less than 30 minutes, and perfectly salty and tangy. Great for Thai-inspired dishes and beyond!
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Plate and skillet of Tempeh Veggie Stir Fry with chili sauce and fresh limes
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30-Minute Tempeh Stir-Fry
A hearty tempeh stir fry with BIG flavor! Just 30 minutes to prepare this weeknight dinner to use up leftover vegetables and please a crowd!
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Skillet of Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Miso Glaze
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Miso-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Quick and delicious roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and a savory-sweet miso glaze. Crispy edges, tender center, and BIG flavor! Just 30 minutes and 8 ingredients required.
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Bowl of roasted butternut squash, miso brussels sprouts, and millet next to tahini sauce, garlic, and vegetables
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Butternut Squash & Miso Brussels Sprouts Nourish Bowl
A vibrant and versatile nourish bowl with roasted butternut squash, caramelized miso Brussels sprouts, and stir-fried grains and greens. Top it off with our rich and complex garlicky tahini sauce for the ultimate plant-based meal. Just 30 minutes required!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir a pan of our easy Applesauce recipe
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3-Ingredient Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Unbelievably simple applesauce made right on the stovetop with 3 ingredients. Ready in less than 30 minutes, no added sugar, delicious applesauce every time.
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Drizzling Vegan Caramel Sauce onto an apple perched on a metal stand
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5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce
An easy, 5-ingredient vegan caramel sauce that requires just 15 minutes to make. A delicious, creamy, naturally sweetened sauce perfect for any dessert!
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Measuring cup filled with scoops of ice cream dripping with homemade Vegan Chocolate Syrup
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7-minute Vegan Chocolate Syrup
Rich, naturally sweetened chocolate syrup in 7 minutes with 5 ingredients in 1 pot! Perfect for topping ice cream, adding to shakes, or stirring into almond milk!
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  1. Cindy says

    What a HUGE collection of recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing, I have printed soooo many. I really appreciate all the work and effort that would have gone into this collection and Im thankful you’ve shared it.

  2. JK says

    Me too, like everybody else, so excited that I found this list. I have realized, the sauce is everything to most of the dishes.

  3. B. Maurene White says

    What an amazing collection of gorgeous recipes. I’ll be working through it over the next months. Thanks so much!

  4. Christine says

    Sauces make the meal. So happy to have found this list! There are so many I will try. Fun!! Thank you so much! It’s easier and more delicious than ever now to be vegan. :)

  5. Faye says

    I think that sauces transfer vegan food sometimes from bland to delicious. Thank you for putting this list together. I have already marked several to try

  6. Ellen F. says

    Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try some of these! I mostly improvise when I cook, but now I often look on your website for a recipe to follow or to use as a starting point I’ve found your recipes are reliable and I appreciate all the effort you put into finding ingredients and techniques that work.

  7. Betsy says

    There is little I can say that could express how grateful I am to have found your website! My 40 year Vegetarian husband has not had delicious and varied food in the past as there wasn’t much I knew how to feed him. I am a meat eater so I’d just make him an extra vegetable. (Yuk) Since finding your website, we are BOTH happy, satisfied Vegans eager to see what delicious dishes you come up with next… and a whole world of great tasting food is now available to us. I enjoy cooking again!
    THANK YOU!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad our recipes have been helpful! Thanks so much for sharing, Betsy! xo

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