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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

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 Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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