3 Must-Have Sauces for Steamed Vegetables

By Jessica Lymberopoulos February 26, 2013 No Comments on 3 Must-Have Sauces for Steamed Vegetables

Without the right sauces for steamed vegetables, this perfect healthy snack and side dish can start to feel boring and bland.

Having a few tried and true sauces for steamed vegetables, however, can help you make greens a regular part of a super clean diet. Our recommended sauces are easy to make and add marvelous flavor that will actually make you look forward to loading up on veggies.

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1. Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

This sauce is tangy and outstanding. It tastes especially wonderful on steamed carrots. (From EatingWell Magazine)


  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of minced garlic

Method: Puree cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper and garlic in a blender or food processor until smooth.

2. Basil Vinaigrette

Another pretty green dressing, this one is ideal if you have a prolific basil plant at home. (From Fine Cooking Magazine)


  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3 Tbs. red-wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup canola oil

Method: In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. With the machine running, gradually add the oil until completely incorporated.

3. Avo-Ziki Sauce

This one truly rocked my big fat Greek world. Dairy-free, soy-free tzatziki sauce? Your gyro will never be the same. Warning: this recipe produces green, not white sauce, but the taste is indistinguishable from the original. (From Practical Paleo — a highly recommended cookbook!) 


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup grated cucumber
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Grated juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped

Method: Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or with a hand blender.

Photo (cc) via Flickr user Glory Foods.


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