5 colorful sauce recipes to spice up your meals



Life would be so boring without sauces. Whenever a dish calls for more moisture, flavor or color, there’s almost always a sauce to go with it: hot and cold, savory and sweet, thin and thick. And for Rapper Gucci Mane, Sauce is a metaphor for life: “If you don’t have sauce, you’ve lost.”

But the most tempting sauces captivate our eyes with bright colors. (And the viral flamingo pink isn’t the only shade worthy of our attention.) A fiery red sauce can add warmth to silky tofu or crispy chicken wings. A green cashew dip goes well with crunchy celery and carrots. Does brown count as colored sauce? (On the other hand, it’s chocolate, so who cares!)

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With recipes from our recipe finder, you can try your way through the sauce rainbow.

Scallops with shallot and citrus sauce, above. Brighten up your dinner plans with a savory citrus sauce drizzled over grapefruit, orange and seared scallops. You can go wild on the citrus substitutions. Anything from blood orange to cara cara pairs well with this versatile dish that will have you asking yourself, “Orange, are you glad you found me?”

Chocolate bowl for ice cream. If there’s a season for ice cream, it’s summer. Pour this two-ingredient chocolate sauce onto ice cream and watch as it hardens into a bowl before your eyes. And after a taste, you might find yourself craving chocolate toppings on everything from orange chips and poached pears to other slightly sweet fruits.

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Cashew Green Goddess Dip. Quickly reach for crispy celery and baby carrots or your favorite fried dishes with this creamy green dip. A few tweaks later, and it can become a dependable salad dressing, too.

Thousand Iceland Dressing. This creamy orange dressing can turn simple leafy greens into a delicious salad. An ideal hearty spread on toasted buns for burger and sandwich fans.

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Chili Chuka (Chile Garlic Sauce). With this sweet and tangy sauce, you might never have to buy Sriracha or hot ketchup again. A smack of it on chicken wings, stir-fried vegetables, or ngo hiang (five-spice pork and shrimp buns) will have you licking your fingers and begging for more.


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