Bright, no-cook sauces are great with greens, beef, fish, beans, vegetables, grains and pasta.
In the summer when fruits, vegetables and fragrant herbs are in abundance, homemade sauces and dressing are simply heavenly drizzled over just about anything.
When vegetables are puréed in a blender or food processor with the usual (and not-so-usual) ingredients, they add bright flavor, creamy body, plus more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your bowl of leafy greens. But don’t stop there, we love homemade sauces served with grilled beef, chicken pork or shrimp, tossed with beans or pasta, and drizzled over vegetables and grains.
Here our the best summertime dressings and sauces we have to offer. Some on the list are jam-packed with peak-season fruits or veggies while others will enhance your dinner’s flavor with the help oils or herbs:
Try this savory sauce with grilled steak or use as a dressing for salad.
Salty fish sauce stands in for traditional anchovies in this creamy dressing.
This thick dressing doubles as a topping for burgers or as a dipping sauce for shrimp.
This smoky sauce easily stands in for cocktail sauce for boiled shrimp.
A creamy pale-green dressing and strips of thick smoked bacon top a bed of crisp fresh greens in this salad based on Del Frisco's original.
You’ll need 1 cup of this sauce to make the Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake. Save the rest for serving over pancakes or ice cream.
This tart sauce perfectly dresses grill fish or lamb or a tossed green salad.
Toss this sauce with shredded pork or rotisserie chicken.
Choose this no-cook pasta sauce when tomatoes are just perfect.
Avocado slices and butter lettuce come to life with this creamy dressing.
Use this quick sauce to add color and flavor.
Lemony and bright, sorrel makes a great substitute for basil in this creamy pesto.
Unlike the classic basil pesto, this cilantro-based version adds Southwestern flair to pastas and dips.