Healthy Sauce & Condiment Recipes

Find healthy, delicious sauce and condiment recipes including marinades, dry rubs, and salsa from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Rating: 4 stars 5
This creamy lemon-garlic dressing carries the full flavor of roasted garlic, with lemon juice and Dijon mustard rounding out the flavor.
Marianne Williams
By Marianne Williams

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
This is our go-to recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. It's simple (just five ingredients!), is lightly sweet without being too sugary and has just the right amount of zesty flavor from orange peel. Plus, it's so easy--it goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes!
By Carolyn Casner

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We could eat it by the spoonful.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don't get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.
By Adam Hickman

Mushroom Orzo with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This mushroom orzo with lemon and Parmesan is a creamy dish rich with flavor thanks to mushrooms and a velvety smooth sauce. Enjoy this cozy pasta dish with a glass of wine.
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By Amanda Stanfield

No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
Most cranberry sauce recipes add tons of sugar to mask the tart taste of the cranberries. In this simple cranberry sauce, we lighten things up by skipping the sugar and opting for a healthier combination of dates and apple cider which adds just enough sweetness without overpowering the cranberry flavor.
By Carolyn Casner

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 9
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Curly kale forms the base of this salad, but you could use chard or spinach. To the greens, add a multitude of chopped veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Finish with rich salmon for protein and a drizzle of creamy yogurt dressing to bring it all together.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Turkey Thighs with Herb Gravy

Those who love tender, moist dark meat will love these slow-cooker turkey thighs. If turkey thighs aren't available, ask your butcher to cut up a whole turkey and give you the bone-in thighs. Feel free to substitute an equal weight of chicken thighs for the turkey thighs, if desired. This pairs well with a simple side of steamed green beans.
By Cooking Light

Quick Turkey Meat Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 5
This lean meat sauce recipe is made with ground turkey meat instead of ground beef, and the result is just as delicious! Plus, finely chopped mushrooms are incorporated into the sauce (undetected!) for an easy way to eat more vegetables. Serve this healthy, hearty meat sauce recipe with your favorite whole-wheat pasta, or over polenta with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
By Carolyn Casner

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Roasted Spring Vegetables & Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This Greek-inspired chicken and vegetable sheet-pan meal is bursting with flavor. The chicken is coated in a mayonnaise and bread crumb mixture, roasted alongside asparagus, cremini mushrooms and grape tomatoes and then served with a lemon-feta vinaigrette.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Lemon-Shallot Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
This quick dressing features lemon juice and shallots for a simple, bright flavor. A touch of honey balances the acidity and tartness of the lemon. Use in a pasta salad or over leafy greens.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Whir up luscious hollandaise sauce in your blender or immersion blender for this quick asparagus side dish recipe.
Healthy Slow-Cooker Barbecue
The key to this delicious pulled chicken recipe is a finger-licking-good homemade barbecue sauce.
Cranberry Salad

This colorful and healthy cranberry salad will brighten up any Thanksgiving spread. It's sweet but not overly so, with juicy oranges, crunchy walnuts and crisp celery and apples. It's easy to make and can be prepped ahead--plus, you can use fresh or frozen cranberries, which extends the season of this salad. We call for Honeycrisp apples, but Gala or Fuji would also work well. Serve this cranberry salad with your Thanksgiving turkey, of course, or try it with chicken or pork any time of year.