If there is one sauce that my kids are obsessed with that would be ranch dressing. But have you looked at the food label of ranch dressings you find at the store? Anything but healthy. Which is why I choose to make my own. I’ve had a few recipes I’ve tried out but All Day I Dream About Food has come up with delicious recipe that also happens to include bacon. Hello! Bacon! Sign me up!
I have always been a lover of salads. It’s a great refreshing way to get some healthy greens and veggies into your diet. Sadly most dressing you find are not healthy and negate the healthiness of veggies. That is unless you make your own dressing! Stop working about added sugar or processed ingredients with these delicious homemade Paleo salad dressing by My Paleo Pal.
Let’s face it, there are certain sauces and dips that are everyone’s favorites. When I first started my journey with Paleo eating I had a hard time saying goodbye to things like mayonnaise, my favorite barbecue sauce, and especially ranch. Now obviously we don’t need these sauces and once I learned how to cook using real foods I found myself not missing these sauces as much as I thought I would… but even still, it’s nice to have these Paleo recipes for your favorite go-to sauces and dips.
1. Paleo Spinach Artichoke Dip
There is nothing quite like a delicious spinach artichoke dip. This is a great hit as an appetizer or to take to parties! Find the recipe here.
2. Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce
I thought I had to say goodbye to alfredo sauce for good once I went Paleo – but this dairy free recipe is delicious and perfect to put on top of veggie noodles. Find the recipe here.
3. Paleo Pesto-Avocado Sauce
I feel like to be a good cook I have to have a good pesto sauce on hand and ready to cook up when needed. This paleo pesto-avocado sauce is delicious. Find the recipe here.
4. Spicy Guacamole Recipe
I. Love. Guacamole. I’m always surprised by how many store bought guacamole’s actually have fillers or processed ingredients. This recipe is my favorite go-to homemade guacamole recipe. Find the recipe here.
5. Mango Chutney
You heard me right – Mango Chutney. This is so simple and easy to make and so delicious. Find the recipe here.
6. Buffalo Ranch Dip
This is another great hit to take to parties and people will be surprised to find out that it’s all Paleo and actually not bad for you! Find the recipe here.
7. 5 Minute Paleo Mayo Recipe
It wouldn’t be a list of sauces and dips without a Paleo Mayo recipe – I love how quick and easy this one is to make! Find the recipe here.
8. Fermented Thai Basil “Pesto” Recipe
The thai influence with this basil “Pesto” sauce adds some great flavor and is great to use in Southeast Asian cooking. Find the recipe here.
9. Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Ranch. I feel like I grew up on ranch dressing. I sorta shudder to think of what was actually in the ranch I was eating. This is a great guilt-free all Paleo Ranch recipe. Find the recipe here.
10. Go-To Meat Sauce
Sometimes you just need a good hearty meat sauce when you are feeling low on ideas on what to cook. This is a great sauce you can put on just about anything! Find the recipe here.
11. Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Tomatillo salsa is one of my favorite types of salsa – grab some gluten and grain free tortilla chips and have yourself a delicious snack. Find the recipe here.
Fresh, homemade pesto is such a wonderful and versatile thing! It may have gotten its starts in pasta, but it’s also amazing on grilled steak, lamb, chicken or fish. A little homemade pesto goes a long way in hummus, salad dressing, or in a dip. I like to have homemade pesto on hand, and I’ve found that if you freeze it in an ice cube tray you can pop out pesto-cubes any time you want to spice something up!
Most pesto contains a good deal of cheese, but I’ve found that with a bit of creativity it’s just fine to leave it out. Hard cheeses like Parmesan or Romano add a distinct umami flavor to food (umami is the “savory” flavor that we can taste in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter). To make up for the lack of cheese, we just need to add a little umami from a different source! I used a good, thick aged balsamic vinegar, but a balsamic vinegar reduction would work just as well (you can make this by letting a cup of vinegar simmer until it thickens). Just puree fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic and a little of the vinegar with a good quality oil…extra-virgin olive oil and avocado oil are both great.
Once the pesto is smooth (you may need a tiny bit of water to get the right consistency) you can either serve it, or put it in an ice cube tray to freeze. When the garden is going crazy with basil, I make several large batches and freeze it…I pop out the pesto cubes, put them all in an air-tight container, and then use them all year round. It’s amazing how much flavor one cube of pesto can add to a pan of sauteed vegetables!
- Four cups fresh organic basil leaves, washed
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar, or balsamic vinegar reduction
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2-4 tablespoons water
- In a food processor, combine the basil and pine nuts. Blend well.
- Using a rubber spatula, push the mixture down in the food processor and blend again. Add the oil as you continue to puree the pesto.
- Add the garlic cloves and balsamic vinegar and continue to puree.
- Add the salt, and the water a tablespoon at a time until the pesto reaches the desired consistency.
- If you'd like, you can put the pesto into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Pop the pesto cubes out and keep them in the freezer in an airtight container to use later.