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Salsas, Sauces, Spreads, Dips, Dressings

Healthy Sauces, salsas, spreads, dips, dressing recipes from The Roasted Root, a nutrition-focused food blog. Simple, quick, nutritious!

Basil Marinade for Chicken, Beef, Seafood, and Pork

Basil marinade recipe for chicken, seafood, pork, and beef. Use it on any cut of animal protein for any cooking method! Made with only a few simple pantry essentials, this amazing marinade takes seconds to prepare and is magically versatile!

Are you rich in basil and/or in search of a unique and flavorful marinade to incorporate into your daily grilling, roasting, or Instant Pot-ing routine?

This basil marinade is EVERYTHING you need and more!

I love it so much, I could drink it.

This versatile basil marinade recipe is AMAZING on chicken and salmon (tried and true in my household multiple times and tasted by many), and I imagine it will also be great on pork and beef.

What does it taste like, you wonder?

Great question.

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Best Steak Marinade

The best steak marinade (or Tri Tip marinade)! This easy, flavorful marinade recipe can be used on any type of animal protein for any cooking method! Marinate steak, chicken, pork, or even seafood in advance for amazing dinners throughout the week!

Ribeye, tri-tip, sirloin steak, round roast? Whatever your favorite cut of beef, this easy steak marinade recipe will knock your socks off!

While a great cut of beef only really needs some sea salt and pepper, it can be fun to flavor it up with an amazing marinade. 

Truly, this may be the only steak marinade you’ll ever need! You can tweak it depending on what you already have on hand and your desired level of sweet, spice, umami flavors and/or your love for herbs and garlic.

Let’s dive in!

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Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing

Lemony Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing made dairy-free and paleo-friendly. This may just be the best Caesar Salad Dressing recipe you’ve ever tasted! For YEARS, I have been in hot pursuit of the perfect homemade Caesar salad dressing recipe. Well. By George, I think I’ve got it! Obviously “the best” and “perfect” are up to individual …

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Easy Stir Fry Sauce (Paleo & Keto Options)

Humble brag alert, but this is the BEST easy stir fry sauce you’ll ever encounter! With paleo and keto options, this soy-free, refined sugar-free stir fry sauce is perfect for any type of stir fry using any animal protein or vegetable.

I do try to avoid the “The Best” nomenclature when referring to my recipes, but this truly is the best and easiest stir fry sauce I’ve made to date.

It can be used in ANY stir fry using any form of animal protein or vegetables. Recently, I’ve been using it to make beef stir fry with a vegetable medley, but it is also particularly amazing for chicken or shrimp stir fry.

All ingredients added together yield a salty, sweet, umami, thick and sticky stir fry sauce with the perfect amount of heat. 

There are plenty of options or adaptations included in this recipe, so be sure to read through it all if you follow a special diet and need to make replacements.

Let’s hop to it!

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Paleo Chipotle Aioli

Creamy spicy paleo chipotle aioli is quick and easy to make! Use it as a condiment, spread, or sauce for so many of your favorite dishes.

Who here is ALL about a great condiment?

Even the most humble meals can be drastically improved by a basic, fresh and funky homemade sauce or spread. 

Enter: chipotle aioli.

Elixir of the Gods.

It’s thick, creamy, zesty, tangy, with a nice little kick. It can go anywhere a mayonnaise can go, and let’s face it: if homemade aioli could sprout legs, it would run circles around mayo IMHO.

Let’s have words.

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Spinach Pesto Sauce (Low-FODMAP, Paleo)

Spinach pesto sauce made dairy-free and low-FODMAP. This easy pesto sauce recipe is vegan, and can also be adapted to include parmesan and garlic for a more classic approach.

Spinach Pesto Sauce - a paleo recipe for pesto using spinach for a nutrient-dense sauce - dairy-free with a Low-FODMAP option |

Hypothetical situation: You have a massive hankering for something pesto-y, but don’t have any pesto on hand, nor do you have basil to make your own pesto. But you do have spinach!

Hypothetical situation #2: You have kids who love pesto sauce but don’t enjoy eating leafy greens. In walks: spinach pesto.

Case in point: I wanted to make pesto salmon a couple weeks ago, but found the basil in my refrigerator had gone bad, and I didn’t have any pesto sauce on hand; however, I did have a huge tub of spinach.

So I gathered up some nuts from the pantry and tossed them in my food processor with spinach, dill, and oregano – essentially whatever I could find that was pesto-appropriate.

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Paleo Teriyaki Sauce

Paleo Teriyaki Sauce for all your teriyaki needs! For those of you who love a great teriyaki sauce but prefer to keep it clean, this paleo teriyaki sauce recipe is for you. It’s refined sugar-free, soy-free, and doesn’t contain any weird preservatives or unnecessary ingredients. When I first started eating a paleolithic diet, I missed …

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