The 3 Essential Vegan Sauces

The 3 Essential Vegan Sauces

The 3 Essential Vegan Sauces

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Servings: 3 x 200 ml
In French cooking, there's a such thing as the "mother sauces" - 5 sauces that, with slight modifications, are building blocks for many other types of sauces, and are used on all types of dishes. When it comes to vegan cooking, the 3 sauces listed below are just as essential, and can be used on countless types of dishes, from salads, to tofu, to grilled vegetables, and even on nachos! Nuts like cashews and walnuts add thickness and a creamy consistency to vegan sauces, and taste great when used to dress bright, fresh vegetables, like in a leafy kale salad. These sauces can be used as a dip for raw vegetables, thrown on top of tacos, or simply served with a pile of tortilla chips when you feel like a salty snack. Once you try the maple-mustard vinaigrette with chia seeds, you'll be hooked. Chia seeds can be added to almost any vinaigrette or sauce recipe, as long as there's enough water content to in it to allow the chia to expand! Unlike flax, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to profit from their nutritious benefits. They have a neutral taste, which means that they can be added to almost any type of dish, and they add a satisfying crunch, like poppy seeds!

Ingredients

Creamy cashew, lime and cilantro sauce

  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or water)
  • 1/2 cup non-roasted cashews
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper, ground, to taste
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime

Walnut and basil sauce

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 to 4 tbsp water

Maple-mustard vinaigrette with ProactivChia

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp PRANA organic whole black Proactivchia seeds

Preparation

Creamy cashew, lime and cilantro sauce

  1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a high-speed blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Season to taste. 

Walnut and basil sauce

  1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a high-speed food processor and mix until smooth and creamy. Season to taste.

Maple-mustard vinaigrette with ProactivChia

  1. Put the maple syrup, mustard, and olive oil in a bowl and whisk to combine and emulsify. Add the lemon juice, garlic, and ProactivChia. Mix well and let sit for several minutes so the chia expands. 
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