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 are 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, grilled cheese sandwiches, or as a unique sauce for pasta salad.
This smoky sauce easily stands in for cocktail sauce, served with boiled shrimp.
This creamy, pale green dressing perfectly compliments crisp salad greens.
Drizzle this sweet berry reduction over pancakes or your favorite ice cream.
Try this vibrant sauce with grilled fare like fish, chicken and veggies—or over a simple tossed salad.
Try this savory-sweet sauce in lieu of the store-bought stuff.
Toss vine-ripe tomatoes with garlic, basil and olive oil, let them sit, and they get juicier and juicier. Toss with pasta, or serve over crusty toasted baguette.
Avocado slices and butter lettuce come to life with this bright, Asian-inspired dressing.
Perfect for serving with cheese boards, burgers, grilled chicken, and meaty sandwiches.
Lemony and bright, sorrel makes a great substitute for basil in this dreamy pesto.
This cilantro-based take on pesto adds Southwestern flair to pastas and dips.