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Blog: Every Bite Counts

Homemade Dressings and Sauces for Sustainable Summer Grilling

As the warmer months approach and we indulge in more fresh salads and fire up the barbecue, it’s convenient to reach for store-bought dressings and sauces. However, by the end of summer, we often find ourselves with half-empty bottles of condiments that end up passing their best before date, or going to waste. This summer we want to make every bite count and explore the wonderful world of homemade dressings and sauces that not only taste amazing but also use ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. By making your own dressings and sauces, you’ll save money, reduce food waste, and have full control over the flavors and ingredients. Let’s dive in and discover some favourite salad dressing and sauce recipes.

Creamy Dressings

Creamy dressings are a favorite among Canadians of all ages, including kids. Instead of reaching for store-bought options, try making your own at home. Here are some delicious recipes to try:

Tzatziki Dip  – a delicious way to use up extra zucchini or cucumbers

Creamy Roasted Vegetable Dip – turn leftover roasted vegetables into a flavourful, thick dip

Classic Vinaigrette Dressings

Vinaigrettes add a tangy and fresh touch to tossed salads, steamed veggies, potato or pasta salads, and even work as marinades for fish, poultry, or meat. You can easily make your own vinaigrette using a basic ratio of 2-3 parts oil, 1-part acid (such as lemon juice or vinegar), 1-part emulsifier (such as honey, Dijon mustard, miso paste, or nut butter), and herbs/seasonings. Extra food saving tip – use the stems of your herbs in your dressings and stop tossing those stems!

Green Herbalicious Sauces

Herbs and greens can be used to create delicious dips and sauces that add a burst of flavor to your summer meals. Don’t let those herbs or greens go to waste and don’t hesitate to swap the herbs for whatever is in your fridge or garden.

One Minute Herb Oil

Green Dip

Basil Pesto

Mayo Infusions

You’ll find plenty of mayonnaise-based condiments on grocery shelves this summer. They’re tasty but also easy to make at home. Instead of filling your fridge with specialty sauces you may not finish, make your own! Simply mix mayo with hot sauce for a fiery kick, BBQ sauce for a smoky sweetness, or garlic and lemon/lime juice for a zesty tang. Experiment and create your own homemade mayo magic with what you already have in your fridge.

By making your own dressings and sauces, you can elevate your summer dining experience while saving money and preventing food waste. Enjoy tasty and sustainable dressings and sauces all summer long!

What’s your favourite summertime condiment?

Something Different

If you’re looking for unique and creative homemade sauce options, how about one of these?

Fermented Garlic and Pepper Hot Sauce

DIY Mustard – from NZ

Carrot and Miso Dip

Beet Root Hummus