Simple Sauces and Such

Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

This delicious pesto turns ordinary carbs into special meals. You can use this as suggested below for serving with pasta, pizza, or potatoes. Or skip the carbs as I’ve done here, and toss this pesto with “noodles” made of raw zucchini and/or yellow summer squash made with a spiral slicer. No matter how you use it, this pesto, made greener with spinach, imparts a rich, briny flavor from the addition of miso.  more→

Spicy Coconut Lime Grilling Sauce

grilled corn

This offbeat grilling sauce is great for basting or marinating kebabs of tofu, tempeh, seitan; it’s also delicious on eggplant and corn headed for the barbecue. Recipe by Adair Moran, from Main Street Veganby Victoria Moran and Adair Moran, © 2012, Tarcher/Putnam. more→

Spinach and Basil Pesto

Basil pesto recipe

Spinach, in combination with basil, makes a less intensely-flavored pesto sauce. Some may enjoy this milder flavor, whether served traditionally on pasta, or as a topping for potatoes or an offbeat dressing for potato salad, on grains, or as a garnish for soup. more→

Home-mixed Curry

Compare the rich scent of this mixture with a supermarket curry powder and you won’t believe the difference. This recipe is from Vegetariana* (Amberwood Press, 1999) by Nava Atlas. more→

Shiitake-Miso Gravy

Shiitake-miso gravy

Serve this richly flavored vegan shiitake-miso gravy over sautéed tofu or tempeh, or to dress up mashed potatoes or green vegetables. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→

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.

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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!

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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→

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