Your plant-based plate presents quite a stunning image—bursting with vibrant colors from across the spectrum. It literally embodies the beauty and bright flavors of the garden. This bouquet of freshness and light couldn’t possibly be improved upon. Unless… maybe… a contrast of creamy goodness? Sounds like a perfect opportunity to serve up Plant-Based Whole30 sauces and condiments as delightful counterpoints.
Contrasting Crunchy with Creamy on a Plant-Based Whole30
Plant-based eaters don’t lack creamy, dreamy options. As long as avocados still grow on trees, there’s always a source of rich, smooth, creamy texture. You can turn to coconut milk (or cream), nut butters, mashes of starchy veggies, and much more.
But some suppliers of rich smoothness are simply essential. Plant-based sauces and condiments—like mayo or pesto—elevate a meal or snack into the succulent stratosphere. And there are delicious, DIY versions of your favorite creamy counterpoints to enjoy during your Plant-Based Whole30.
11 Essential Plant-Based Whole30 Sauces and Condiments
Ranch dressing wears many hats. It’s a dip for your carrot sticks, a dressing for your salad, a condiment on your portobello burger. It’s the same with mayonnaise. Absolutely a condiment, but also considered a sauce or dip.
It’s kind of a fun culinary riddle to unravel. For your taste buds, what a food is called certainly doesn’t matter much. So think of mayo, ranch dressing, or even BBQ sauce, however you’d like. As long as you’re picking the right application to enhance your plant-based plate, you can call it whatever you want.
And these eleven Plant-Based Whole30 sauces and condiments—or dips or dressings, depending on your usage and preference—add the creamy smoothness to take your dish to the next level.
Plant-Based Whole30 Mayo
Your typical mayonnaise is a creamy emulsion of oil, acid, and egg yolk. It’s smooth and tangy—a perfect condiment on its own or as a base for dressings, dips, and sauces. Everything you want from mayonnaise is waiting for you in this exceptional plant-based version. Except for the eggs, of course. And if you were looking forward to the yolks for some reason, you simply won’t miss them.
Plant-Based Whole30 Pesto Sauce
Pesto is so much more than a pasta sauce. Don’t limit what this basil-forward force of flavor can bring to your table. As you may expect, the plant-based Whole30 sauce ditches the cheese but remains rich and delicious. So slather it on roasted veggies or drizzle a little—OK, a lot—on your next pureed soup.
Plant-Based Whole30 Red Pepper Pesto
With only five ingredients and mere minutes of prep, this upscale little sister of the classic sauce above is an easy, flavorful way to elevate meals!
Fresh basil and garlic bring bright and bold flavor, cashews give incredible texture, and jarred roasted red peppers make this a fast and easy no-cook sauce you won’t stop reaching for.
Plant-Based Whole30 Sour Cream
Not possible. Can’t happen. It’s just… really good? And it has all the creamy, cooling qualities without even a dab of dairy. Cashews provide thickness and richness. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar supply the tanginess. And this Plant-Based Whole30 condiment is well worth the little bit of effort it takes to make your own compatible option.
Plant-Based Whole30 Ranch Dressing
For some, ranch dressing goes with—or on top of—just about anything. Even if you don’t eat ranch with every meal, it’s not hard to find many uses for a plant-based dressing this good. Fresh dill and chives are the herbaceous high notes in a silken symphony that makes salads, veggies, or casseroles sing a song of flavor.
Plant-Based Chipotle Ranch
Plant-based ranch, but make it smokey. Full of flavor, and easy to make in just five minutes when using the recipe above as the base. Just stir in the bonus ingredients and you have a bold new condiment to sauce up your savory favorites.
Plant-Based Caesar Dressing
This plant-based twist on a creamy classic uses a clever blend of mayo, hummus, lemon juice, caper juice, Dijon mustard, and simple seasonings to achieve the zippy Caesar taste you know and love.
Plant-Based Whole30 Miso Sauce
This Plant-Based Whole30 Miso Sauce is a great all-purpose topping for salads, power bowls, wraps, and silken tofu, or dipping sauce for veggies.
Cashew Creme Fraiche
Discover the creamy, tangy, and oh-so-indulgent experience of creme fraiche—reimagined. This Plant-Based Whole30 recipe is a culinary revelation, transforming just five simple ingredients into a luscious topping or ingredient that elevates any dish.
Whether dolloped on stuffed sweet potatoes, drizzled on plant-based tacos, or used as the secret ingredient in your favorite savory soups, this plant-based wonder is just as rich and flavorful as the original.
Whole30 Lemon Tahini Sauce
Unveil the zesty allure of this Whole30 Lemon Tahini Sauce—a harmony of earthy richness and citrusy tang that’s set to dazzle your dishes. Crafted from ground sesame seeds, tahini lends an understated nuttiness to this versatile dressing, amplifying its creamy texture. Transform otherwise ordinary salad, elevate your crudité platters, or add a sumptuous drizzle over your go-to, plant-based proteins.
Make a jar of plant-based sunshine.
Plant-Based Whole30 BBQ Sauce
You can have a sweet, tangy BBQ sauce without the extra sugar of bottled options. Tomato paste, apple juice, and cider vinegar provide plant-based balance to this staple sauce. Big smoke flavor makes this a must for dipping rutabaga fries or slathering on your shredded jackfruit.
Senior Manager, Whole30 Recipes