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10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

A great dipping sauce can make or break your favorite recipe, or just take it to a whole new level. It’s also fun to use your favorite condiments and everyday ingredients you already have at home to make your own dipping sauce recipes right in your kitchen.

Did you know that you can even create restaurant-worthy dips, dressings, and dipping sauces of all kinds with just a handful of ingredients?

Give these 10 mind-blowing dipping sauces a try this week, and make your dishes go from delicious to dream-worthy in just a few minutes!

1. Copycat Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce

    Domestic Superhero

    Let’s face it—the classic Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce is a favorite among many people and is hard to beat when it comes to dipping sauce recipes. That’s why this copycat recipe by Domestic Superhero is a great one to try when you need an at-home fix!

    2. Comeback Sauce

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      She Wears Many Hats

      The name for this fabulous dipping sauce speaks for itself! You’ll want to come back to whoever serves you this sauce and keep it on hand on a regular basis. Feel free to sub in vegan substitutions if needed, and try it on everything from fries to veggies, served over grains or salads, or just serve it with your favorite chips!

      3. Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce

        Damn Delicious

        If you love Mexican dishes, this Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce is for you. Not only is it full of flavor, but it’s also packed with nutrition due to the fresh ingredients it contains too!

        4. Beauty-Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!)

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          The Soulful Spoon

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          Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients for making creamy sauces, dips and dressings without heavier nuts, dairy ingredients, or oil. It’s also perfect for combining sweet and savory ingredients. Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!) makes a great option for salads, chopped veggies, proteins of choice, grains, or even roasted sweet potato fries. The bonus point of this recipe? It’s packed with skin-boosting ingredients!

          5. Creamy Avocado Dip

            Gal on a Mission

            Avocado is the healthy ingredient of the decade it seems and when it comes to dipping sauce recipes, the creamy, fatty fruit makes a decadent option for your dips and sauces of all kinds. Give this Creamy Avocado Dip a try as a fun (and delicious way) to experiment with the healthy ingredient everyone is talking about!

            6. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

              House of Yumm

              If you’ve ever had the famous Chick-Fil-A sauce, you know how good it really is and how addictive it can be. So when your cravings for the fast food chain come calling, whip up this copycat recipe by House of Yumm!

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              7. Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing

                The Soulful Spoon

                Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing is a creation based on the unique flavors that miso brings to sauce recipes. Miso is a great savory ingredient and even contains live probiotics for gut health that makes it perfect for dipping sauce recipes. This recipe is sweet, spicy, and has a wonderful umami flavor that goes great with chopped veggies, fries, salads, chips, proteins of choice, and even rice or quinoa!

                8. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

                  Self-Proclaimed Foodie

                  As a Carolina girl myself, I must say that you haven’t had barbecue sauce until you’ve had it Carolina-style! Here in the south, we like to add a kick of mustard to our sauce and some versions also contain ketchup and mustard. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce can be served over your favorite protein source or even used as a salad dressing—it’s that good!

                  9. Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

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                    Averie Cooks

                    Sweet recipes make a nice option for dessert sauces, and infusing berries with wine is a great way to achieve a truly unique sauce without needing a ton of sugar to make it special. Dollop this Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce over a vanilla or chocolate cake, scones, or serve it over whole grain pancakes as a decadent breakfast-for-dinner option!

                    10. Awesome Sauce

                      Life Currents

                      Awesome Sauce features all vegan ingredients and makes a great dip for just about anything savory you can think of. It’s also the perfect way to end this round-up of mind-blowing dipping sauce recipes and is a pretty fun recipe to share with friends too!

                      For more easy dressing and dip recipes, try out these 30 irresistible options!

                      Featured photo credit: Heather McClees / The Soulful Spoon via heathermcclees.com

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                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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