35+ Vegan Sauces

Vegan sauces can transform everyday dishes into something special. These tasty vegan sauce recipes can make any bland meal taste amazing! Here are over 35 plant-based sauces you can use for dinner, snacks, or even dessert to add delicious to your day!

A hand holds a spoonful of chimichurri sauce, hovering over a bowl full of it. There are fresh green herbs in the background.

Make the very best plant-based dishes using these vegan sauce recipes. You’ll enjoy everything from condiments, dipping sauces, and more!

What is a Sauce?

A sauce is something that adds flavor or texture to other dishes. It can be liquid, creamy, or even in a semi-solid form.

These sauces are all vegan and can be used to enhance your plant-based meals. I love having several sauces available to add flavor to my favorite recipes.


Let’s begin this sauce journey with condiments. Having the right vegan condiments available can make any meal better, especially if you’re serving vegan black bean burgers. A dollop of BBQ sauce or even hummus on a veggie burger makes all the difference.

Sandwich Sauces

Of course, a sandwich sauce may also be considered a condiment, but I felt these deserved their own category. Why? Because spreading cashew cheese sauce over a sandwich adds more than just flavor and texture, it adds happiness, too. At least that’s what it does for me! And that vegan big mac sauce is a game changer when it comes to making your vegan sandwiches shine!

Dipping Sauces

Whether you’re serving vegan spring rolls, black bean burritos, or a bowl of air fryer tortilla chips, these dipping sauces are amazing.

Other Savory Vegan Sauces

Some sauces are not served on their own so much, but they are a great ingredient in other dishes. Or they are perfect as marinades. Vegan Worcestershire sauce and chimichurri are two great examples!

Dessert Sauces

Many sauces are savory in nature, but these dessert sauces are meant to be served after the meal. Add some strawberry puree over vegan chocolate ice cream. You can also serve it with fresh fruit, coconut whipped cream, and a slice of vegan pound cake. What a lovely combination!

These sauces can also be served for breakfast over your favorite vegan zucchini pancakes or whole wheat waffles.

  • Cherry Sauce

    This cherry sauce is a sweet and tart sauce you can drizzle over ice cream, waffles, or even cheesecake. It adds pizzazz to an everyday dish!

  • Strawberry Purée

    You’ll love having this fresh, lightly sweet strawberry purée on hand. Drizzle it over ice cream, waffles, pancakes, and even yogurt!

  • Vegan Caramel

    Make this easy vegan caramel sauce with only 6 ingredients! It’s the perfect caramel topping for sliced apples, ice cream, or any dessert!

  • Blueberry Sauce

    Transform pancakes into something spectacular thanks to this Blueberry Sauce. It takes only 10 minutes to make and it adds gorgeous flavor and flair to everything it touches!

  • Date Caramel Sauce

    This date caramel sauce is a creamy, refined sugar-free sauce. Drizzle it over sliced bananas, ice cream, popcorn, sliced apples, and more!

Salad Dressings

Salad dressing is another form of sauce that I love to make. The right dressing is like magic on your salad! Take, for example, vegan thousand island dressing served over a simple vegan wedge salad. Of course, vegan caesar salad dressing is perfect drizzled over vegan caesar salad and vegan croutons.

And I love drizzling vegan ranch dressing over vegan cottage cheese. The flavors together are the best! Whichever one you choose, I hope you love these vegan sauce recipes!

Bread Spreads

I realize the stuff you spread over bread may not technically be a “sauce”. But if you’re willing to go there with me, a sauce can be a semi-solid food, making these bread spreads the best sauce to serve on your favorite bread, like cinnamon bread, vegan bran muffins, whole wheat banana bread, and more.

I have even been known to dip my vegan pizza crust in a little bit of vegan honey butter. So good!

Frequently-Asked Questions

What sauces can a vegan eat?

There are a number of sauces that are vegan naturally, such as tahini sauce. However, you can make many of your favorite sauces vegan by using vegan cheese, dairy-free butter, olive oil, and more.

Is tomato sauce vegan?

Tomato sauce, including ketchup, is made with tomatoes and other ingredients like vinegar, and salt. Some marinara sauces will have added dairy and even meat, so be sure to read labels when buying any form of tomato sauce.

Is teriyaki sauce vegan?

You can comfortably add teriyaki sauce to your vegan stir-fries, because most teriyaki sauces are naturally vegan. But as with any product, unless it says “vegan” on the label, I recommend reading the label as some may add ingredients like fish sauce that are not vegan-friendly.

In Closing

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between, you can magically make your plant-based recipes better with the right vegan sauces.

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20+ Vegan Sauces + Vegan Chimichurri Sauce

Transform your plant-based diet with the best vegan sauce recipes! A good sauce can make the difference between a good finished dish and a great one! In addition to these amazing vegan sauces, enjoy this healthy herb-infused Chimichurris Sauce to use as a marinade for tofu or as a condiment with veggie burgers or grilled tofu kabobs.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 133kcal


  • cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, stems removed and leaves finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, stems removed and leaves finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Stir ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and set it aside for 5 to 10 minutes (or refrigerate for up to 24 hours).
  • Use it as a marinade for tofu (for Vegan Kabobs), as a baste for grilled veggie burgers, grilled veggies, grilled corn on the cob, and more.

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You can substitute a spicy red pepper or red jalapeno for the bell pepper. They’re harder to find which is why I think the red bell pepper works as a great substitute.
Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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