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Sauces, Dips & Spreads

Here you'll find a variety of vegetarian and vegan sauces, dips, salad dressings and vegetarian appetizers for every occasion, including hummus recipes, guacamole and salsa recipes, vegetarian bean dips, pasta sauces egg-free and dairy-free recipes and more.
  1. Bean dips and chili dips (15)
  2. Hummus Recipes (19)
  3. Salad Dressings (43)
  4. Vegetarian Appetizers (58)
  5. Vegetarian Gravy Recipes (9)

Vegan buerre blanc sauce with blood oranges
A gourmet French buerre blanc sauce with blood oranges and completely vegan, dairy-free and cholesterol-free.

Easy Spinach Dip Recipe
A quick and easy spinach dip recipe made from just five ingredients. This spinach dip is a five-star user reviewed recipe.

Vegan basil lime sauce
A simple yet elegant vegan basil lime sauce simmered stovetop. Use as a topping for pasta, risottos or veggies.

Sun-dried tomato and tofu dip
Add some tofu to a cream cheese and sun-dried tomato dip. If you're trying to boost your protein and add some soy to your diet, here's one simple recipe to try.

Superfood guacamole with pomegranate seeds
Superfood guacamole? While some consider the avocado a superood in it's own right, pomegranate seeds remain high on the list of the most nutritious superfoods. This guacamole recipe combines the two for a summer superfood boost. This guacamole is also gluten-free, vegan and suitable for a raw foods diet.

Edamame dip with pita crisps
Trying to add more soy to your diet? Try this simple edamame dip, served with crisped pita for a low-fat and healthy way to add some green edamame to your diet.

Homemade Vegan "Nutella" Recipe
Why make a homemade vegan Nutella? Have you caught yourself reading the labels endlessly on all the chocolate hazelnut and chocolate peanut butter spreads hoping one of them is dairy-free and vegan? Don't lie, I know you have; we all have dreams of a vegan Nutella. But it's super easy to make your own homemade Nutella, or chocolate hazelnut spread. If you can't find hazelnuts, walnuts or cashews will work, but don't taste quite like real Nutella.

Vegan Christmas rum sauce for bread pudding
Vegan Christmas rum sauce for bread pudding recipe

Vegan kale and basil pesto
Vegan kale pesto made with a blend of healthy green kale and traditional Italian basil. Perfect for vegans.

Vegetarian Layer Dip with Ranch Dressing
A vegetarian recipe for seven layer dip with ranch dressing for a bit of variety on the usual 7 layer dip recipes.

Vegetarian Bean Dip Recipes
A variety of bean dip recipes to try from basic to gourmet! Vegetarian bean dip is a classic appetizer that just about everyone loves. Several of these bean dip recipes are vegan as well.

Vegan Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Use your leftover Halloween pumpkin seeds to make an elegant vegan pesto. Serve your pumpkin seed pesto on cracker or toss with pasta for a vegan pesto pasta.

Guacamole with Chipotle Chili Peppers and Sour Cream
A creamy guacamole recipe with sour cream, chipotle chilis and fresh cilantro. This easy guacamole recipe is more like a sour cream dip than a traditional guacamole, but it is still bursting with fresh Mexican flavors.

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce with Sesame Oil
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce with Sesame Oil

Guacamole Recipes
A collection of easy guacamole recipes to try. If you're looking for the perfect avocado dip, you'll find a variety of guacamole recipes here, whether you want a quick and easy recipe that you can whip up in five minutes flat, or a traditional fire-roasted Mexican guacamole recipe, you'll find it here!

Two Cheese Pasta Sauce
Two Cheese Pasta Sauce

Mango salsa with peaches
This sweet mango salsa with peaches is the perfect fruit salsa to go with chips for a light snack, or add to a vegetable burrito for an unusual twist. Because this peach mango salsa recipe is made with all fresh ingredients, it is also suitable for those on a raw foods diet, so try this easy raw food recipe for peach and mango salsa!

Vegan Tofu Sour Cream Recipe
Vegan Tofu Sour Cream Recipe

Creamy Vegetarian Guacamole Recipe
It may seem a bit odd to put mayonnaise in guacamole, and I'll admit this recipe is by no means traditional! However, you don't really taste the mayonnaise. It just makes the guacamole smooth and creamy, which I love!

Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Fresh Fruit Salsa Recipe
A fun and easy salsa recipe using lots of fresh summer fruits, including pineapple, oranges and strawberries. Take advantage of all the fresh seasonal fruit in the summer markets with this great twist on traditional Mexican salsa.

Vegan Black Bean Guacamole
Avocado pairs with black beans and traditional guacamole ingredients for a rich and textured black bean avocado dip recipe. Serve with chips, or use to top Mexican burritos, tacos or even for a guacamole veggie burger! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Egg-Free Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe
Egg-Free Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

Vegan Tartar Sauce
Vegan Tartar Sauce

Thai Peanut Sauce
Thai peanut sauce is great on noodles or as a salad dressing and kids love it!

Easy Vegan Spinach Dip Recipe
Easy Vegan Spinach Dip Recipe

Nutty Grapefruit Flavored Cream Cheese
Pecans, grapefruit and grapefuit zest are whipped into cream cheese for a semi-homemade topping perfect for an appetizer spread, or just for your morning bagel.

Spicy Southwestern Fondue
Spicy Southwestern Fondue

Orange and Pecan Flavored Cream Cheese Recipe
Orange and Pecan Flavored Cream Cheese Recipe

Spicy Vegan Olive Tapenade
Spicy Vegan Olive Tapenade

Easy Citrus Salsa Recipe
Easy Cirus Salsa Recipe

Thai Peanut Sauce with Ginger
Thai Peanut Sauce with Ginger

"Meaty" Vegetarian 7 Layer Dip
"Meaty" Vegetarian 7 Layer Dip

Vegan 7 Layer Dip
Vegan 7 Layer Dip

Quick 7 Layer Dip Recipe
A quick and easy vegetarian 7 layer dip recipe, with sour cream, taco seasoning and refried beans. A classic vegetarian appetizer that kids will love as well as adults.

Black Bean Salsa
Black Bean Salsa

Fresh Guacamole with Cumin
Fresh Guacamole with Cumin

Vegetarian Walnut and "Chicken" Pate Recipe
Vegetarian Walnut and "Chicken" Pate Recipe

Vegetarian "Chicken" Pate
Vegetarian "Chicken" Pate

Ginger Apple Salsa Recipe
Ginger Apple Salsa Recipe

Chili Lime Baba Ganoush Recipe
Chili Lime Baba Ganoush Recipe

Vegan Baba Ganoush with Parsley
Vegan Baba Ganoush with Parsley

Fat Free Baba Ganoush Recipe
This baba ganoush (eggplant dip) recipe has no oil and no tahini, making it a fat free vegetarian and vegan appetizer or dip that you can enjjoy any time! I like to spread a little baba ganoush on a flour tortilla with some lettuce and veggies for a quick and healthy low-fat vegetarian lunch.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Recipe
Vegan pesto is always a delicious choice, and this version, made with store-bought roasted red peppers really packs in the flavor. If you like dairy-free and vegan pesto recipes, try this homemade version with roasted red peppers.

Vegan Basil Mayonnaise Recipe
Vegan Basil Mayonnaise Recipe

Vegan Artichoke Pesto Recipe
Vegan Artichoke Pesto Recipe

Baba Ganoush Recipe (Eggplant Hummus)
Baba ganoush, a Middle Eastern spread and dip is similar to hummus, but is made with eggplant instead of chickpeas (garbanzo beans). This vegetarian and vegan recipe is particularly hummus-like, since it uses some chickpeas for a thicker texture.

Vegetarian Olive Tapenade Recipe
Olive tapenade is a great spread to serve with crackers for an easy appetizer or hor d'ouerves. This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, and can be prepared in just a few minutes.

Vegan Walnut Mushroom Pate
Vegan Walnut Mushroom Pate

Herbed Mushroom Pate Recipe
Herbed Mushroom Pate Recipe

Eggless Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe
Eggless Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

Video: Avocado and Olive Dip
Avocado and olive dip makes for an easy yet interesting vegetarian appetizer or vegan dip. This quick video recipe shows you how to make it. Serve with chips or crackers.

Hot and Spicy Artichoke Dip
Crock Pot Hot and Spicy Artichoke Dip

Vegan Tzatziki Recipe
Vegan Tzatziki Recipe

Easy Baba Ghanoush Recipe
These five ingredients are really all you need to make an excellent and easy baba ghanoush (eggplant dip). You can thin it out with a bit of water or olive oil if you'd like, top it with parsley, or really, it's perfect just as it is. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Easy Homemade Cheese and Wine Fondue Recipe
This is a basic recipe for an easy cheese and wine fondue. You'll find that it is simpler and with less ingredients than other fancier recipes, yet tastes just as great!

Favorite Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Party Dips and Appetizers
As a vegan, I'm often disappointed to attend events that serve nothing but the same ol' veggies and ranch dressing, mini-meatballs and cheese and crackers. If you've got a party or a meeting coming up, serve some appetizers or munchies that all your guests can eat!

Basic Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Easy and basic recipe for homemade guacamole made lightning-fast using avocados and store-bought salsa.

Guacamole with grapefruit recipe
An easy homemade guacamole recipe made with red onions and grapefruit.

Strawberry salsa with cranberries recipe
Strawberry salsa with cranberries recipe

White Soy Roux
A roux, also known as a white sauce has many uses in cooking, from thickening a gravy, soup or stew to the base for a French cream sauce.

Tomato Marinara Curry (Vegan)
An Indian-inspired tomato sauce recipe to serve over pasta or rice.

Vegan Cashew Cream
Cashew cream is an indulgently rich cream used as a base in many dairy-free vegan substitutes. It's much richer and more flavorful than soy milk. Here's how to make a homemade vegan cashew cream.

Homemade summer salsa recipes
Salsa is one of those foods that is so simple and easy to make homemade and fresh at home, that once you try it, you'll wonder why you ever bought it pre-made at the store.

Basic Spring Roll Dipping Sauce (Vegan)
This basic dipping sauce is perfect to serve with egg rolls, spring rolls, or to use as a sauce for stir-fries.

Vegan beer and mustard sauce for grilling
Vegan beer and mustard sauce for grilling - Vegan barbecue sauce recipe

Quick and Easy Mexican Enchilada Sauce Recipe
Try this recipe for a quick and easy enchilada sauce recipe and make your own home made enchilada sauce. This Mexican food recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Raw Food Substitute for Nama Shoyu
Keep your raw food diet free of cooked ingredients with this simple recipe to replace the popular Nama Shoyu. A quick and easy recipe that will eliminate the need for Nama Shoyu in your raw food recipes.

Mushroom Fondue (Vegan)
This mushroom fondue has a cheesy flavor and is perfect for parties, as an appetizer or for a romantic meal for two.

Roasted Artichoke with Chipotle Aioli
The sweet tangy richness of the artichoke is complimented by the smoky flavor of the chipotle aioli dip.

Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce
Add this to a stir fry or pour over rice.

Gourmet vegan red wine reduction sauce recipe
Wondering how to make a gourmet vegan red wine reduction sauce? It may be easier than you think. Start with a bottle of vegan red wine and follow this simple and easy recipe.

Raw Food Recipes for Dips and Spreads
Turn to these raw food appetizer recipes when you are looking to transform ordinary produce into delightful dips and spreads. All of these recipes are suitable for a raw food diet and make dipping much more fun!

French pistou - pesto without nuts
A French pistou recipe, which is just like a pesto without nuts. It's got a bit more Parmesan cheese than a traditional Italian pesto.

Simple marinara tomato sauce recipe
Made with fresh basil, canned tomatoes and a bit of olive oil and sea salt, this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a flavorful homemade marinara sauce which is, of course, both vegetarian and vegan as well as gluten-free and cholesterol-free. Pair it with any kind of pasta, add a vegetarian meat substitute to make a vegetarian bolognese, or just use it in any recipe which calls for tomato sauce.

Vegan snack ideas
Vegan snack ideas - including healthy snack ideas and not so healthy snack ideas!

Vegan seitan au jus recipe
Vegan seitan au jus recipe

Vegan Pesto Recipe
Use this vegan pesto recipe to dress up pasta, as a pizza sauce or as an appetizer with bread and crackers.

Miscellaneous tofu recipes
Miscellaneous tofu recipes - Tofu sauces, substitutes

White cream sauce for pizza recipe
White cream sauce for pizza recipe

Asian sweet and sour sauce recipe
A simple Asian sweet and sour sauce made from rice vinegar, lime juice and crushed red pepper.

The Best Vegan Sour Cream
My personal favorite vegan sour cream substitute for baking (and eating!) for vegans, those with milk allergies following a non-dairy or dairy-free diet. Vegan sour cream is naturally lactose-free and cholesterol-free.

Raw Pineapple Chili Dipping Sauce
This raw sauce recipe is perfect as a dipping sauce for lettuce wraps or summer rolls. Raw Pineapple Chili Sauce is quick and easy to make and perfect for anyone on a raw food diet.

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