Simple Sauces and Such

Coconut-Peanut Sauce or Salad Dressing

coconut peanut sauce recipe

This easy and luscious combination of readymade peanut satay sauce and coconut milk is as welcome on raw salads and cold noodles as it is to embellish warm noodle, grain, or vegetable dishes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Vegan Sour Cream

Nearly raw beet borscht

Here’s an easy preparation for vegan sour cream made from silken tofu. I especially like this as a garnish for Southwestern-style dishes and cold soups. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→


Basil Pesto

Vegan vegetable pesto pizza

Bold-flavored pesto sauce is arguably the most celebrated use for basil. Here’s a basic recipe, just right for a good-sized amount of your favorite pasta. It’s also good used as a sandwich spread, as a change of pace pizza sauce or dressing for potato salad.



Classic Marinara Sauce

Marinara pasta sauce recipe

There are many excellent pasta sauces on the market, and they can’t be beat for convenience. But they can’t compare to a homemade marinara, and the wonderful aroma that will permeate your kitchen as it cooks!



Vegan Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin bread pudding

This sweet vegan caramel sauce makes a great topping for pies, ice cream, cakes, and bread puddings. Try it over Pumpkin Bread Pudding for an amazing treat! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett (reprinted by permission of the author), author of Vegan Bites* and other titles*. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Cranberry-orange sauce recipe

Include this wonderful sweet yet tart cranberry orange sauce at your next Thanksgiving feast. Contributed by Leslie Cerier from Going Wild in the Kitchen: The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking* (reprinted by permission of the author and Square One Publishing). Try this sauce with the Tempeh Stew with Wine and Shiitake Mushrooms. It makes about 2 cups, and a little goes a long way. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→


Quick Tartar Sauce

lemon-pepper tofu

This super-easy cold sauce made with just three ingredients — vegan mayo, relish, and mustard — is perfect for simple sautéed or grilled tofu or tempeh recipes. more→


Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce recipe

Cooked tomato-based sauces such as this enchilada sauce is a great way to enhance southwestern-style specialties, especially ones that are tortilla-based. It’s a good bet for those who are wary of super-hot chili-based sauces—you can give it a milder flavor, especially if you use poblano peppers rather than the smaller, hotter varieties. more→