11 No-Cook Sauces That Go with Everything

It’s too dang hot. We’ll say it again: It’s. Too. Dang. Hot.

We love to cook. And so do you (otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be here, reading this). But when the oven causes your house/apartment’s temperature to raise to something akin to an inferno, it’s time to cook selectively. By that, we mean cook what’s necessary and no-cook what’s not, like sauces.

No-cook sauce can be everything from chopped fresh tomatoes with lots of basil and garlic best tossed with pasta or peanut sauce for summer rolls (or to just eat with a spoon). Even if you don’t know what you want to cook, there will be an easy, heat-free sauce for whatever that turns out to be. Here are 11 no-cook sauces to make this summer:

1.) Fresh Tomato Sauce 

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Top a pizza or bread or toss with pasta, like penne or linguine.

2.) Mojo Sauce

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Dress a black bean salad, toss with pulled chicken for tacos, or serve with grilled shrimp.

3.) Grape Raita

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Pair with any spicy dish (the yogurt tames the heat) or grilled salmon.

4.) Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce

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Toss with rice noodles and thinly sliced veggies, serve with grilled tofu or chicken, stir into ground turkey for a different kind of burger, serve with summer rolls, or serve alongside kebabs.

5.) Chimichurri Sauce

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Drizzle over gazpacho, serve with grilled steak or chicken, use as a dressing for a tomato salad, or toss with cooked shrimp and pasta for a different kind of scampi.

6.) Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

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Serve with beef kabobs, with falafel, as a topping for lamb burgers, or with grilled vegetables.

7.) Muhammara Sauce 

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Brush onto grilled meats or vegetable kebabs, serve with roasted or grilled fish, stir into cooked grains like couscous or farro.

8.) Aji Amarillo Sauce

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Top nachos or tortilla chips, drizzle on tacos, spoon over rice, toss it with roasted potatoes, or use it as a sauce for pretty much anything, like chicken, pork, fish, summer squash, or sautéed greens.

9.) Tzatziki Sauce

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Top a sandwich or baked potato, serve with grilled vegetables, eat with pita chips, serve with roasted chicken, toss with cooked potatoes for a Greek-inspired potato salad, or serve with grilled shrimp.

10.) Avocado Sauce 

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Use on a burger or vegetable sandwich, as a dip, or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or salmon.

11.) Dandelion Greens Pesto 

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Drizzle over tomatoes, toss with cooked grains or pasta, eat with scrambled eggs, or slather on a sandwich.

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