Easy and Delicious Cold Sauces for Savory Dishes

Savory, cold sauces are not only a great change of pace but also very convenient since you can make them way ahead of time. Cold sauces are perfect for warm weather cookouts; they don't require any last-minute heating and go so well with all kinds of grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables.

  • 01 of 07

    Steakhouse Garlic Butter

    Steakhouse Garlic Butter

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    Nothing beats the sight of a melting dollop of garlic butter slowly disappearing over a perfectly cooked steak! This easy to make garlic butter recipe is perfect for steak, chops, chicken, and even seafood recipes. Garlic butter will keep in the fridge and can be made well in advance.

  • 02 of 07

    Classic Cocktail Sauce

    Shrimp cocktail sauce
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    There is no reason to buy cocktail sauce when the recipe for making a homemade cocktail sauce is so simple. While usually used on cold seafood, cocktail sauce is also delicious on things like crab cakes and fried calamari.

  • 03 of 07

    Horseradish Sauce

    Basic Horseradish Sauce for Roast Beef

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    Horseradish and beef are great together, and this steakhouse horseradish sauce recipe could not be easier. Be sure to use a fresh jar of horseradish so that this classic cold sauce will have that signature kick.

  • 04 of 07

    Fresh Tomato Salsa

    Fresh salsa
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    What better way to enjoy fresh tomatoes than in a salsa recipe? Take a break from that jarred stuff, and enjoy salsa like it's supposed to taste. This classic tomato salsa recipe is great on everything from a grilled chicken breast to your favorite chips.

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  • 05 of 07

    Honey Dijon Dressing

    Honey dijon dressing
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    This popular honey Dijon salad dressing recipe is great for all types of salads, but especially good with the more bitter greens, as the sweetness in the dressing works well with those more pronounced flavors. This honey Dijon salad dressing recipe is also a great basting sauce for grilled meats.

  • 06 of 07

    Basic Aioli - Garlic Mayonnaise

    Basic aioli garlic mayo recipe

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    Garlic mayonnaise, or aioli, is one of America's most popular cold sauces. This simple aioli recipe has unlimited uses; from a super sandwich spread, to a great dip for vegetables, to a sauce for grilled seafood. There are many variations of this garlic mayonnaise - aioli recipe, but this is a standard base recipe, from which you can add any number of herbs and spices.

  • 07 of 07

    Classic Ranch Dressing

    Ranch salad dressing
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    Ranch dressing is not only one of America's most popular salad dressings, but it's also probably its most popular dip. Ranch dressing is delicious served with everything from raw vegetables to fried chicken wings.