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6 Easy Whole30 Sauces (Mayo-free)

One of the keys to a successful Whole30 is finding some easy and versatile Whole30 sauces to go with your meals. If you have the right sugar-free, Whole30 compliant sauces, you can really throw any protein and veggie combination together and have a satisfying and healthy Whole30 meal.

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Easy homemade Whole30 Sauces

It’s very easy to make your own Whole30 sauces at home. With some basic pantry ingredients (coconut aminos, fish sauce, vinegar), a handful of fresh items (herbs, lemon, lime, garlic) and some simple seasonings, you are well on your way to mixing up some delicious sauces!

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Why no mayo?

We know that you can make your own mayo at home and a lot of Whole30 sauces are mayo based. Personally, we find that making mayo at home can be challenging. In addition, Erica can’t eat eggs and making a mayo without eggs doesn’t really work. We have also found two brands with excellent Whole30 compliant mayo options:

Both of these brands have excellent regular mayo that can be found in a lot of stores. They also have flavors like chipotle lime, garlic aioli, harissa and black garlic that are perfect for sauces and dipping.

Onto these easy Whole30 Sauces

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Get ready for a flavor explosion! Don’t be surprised if a few of these sauces make it into your regular rotation, even after your Whole30 is over. You’ll be amazed at how a sauce, made with healthy fats and simple ingredients, can add so much flavor and variety to any meal.

1. Whole30 Stir-fry Sauce

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A staple that can be used with just about any mixture of protein and veggies. Some of our favorite, quick and easy combos are:

  • Shrimp, bell pepper, bok choy + stir-fry sauce
  • Flank steak strips, broccoli, green onion + stir-fry sauce
  • Chicken cubes, zucchini slices, mushrooms + stir-fry sauce

TIPS:

  • Have leftover protein? Sauté it in a pan with some veggies and stir-fry sauce for a quick lunch.
  • Add the sauce to some wilted greens for extra flavor.
  • Stir some in with cauliflower rice, it will soak up all the savory goodness.

2. Whole30 “Cheesy” Pesto Sauce

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Packed with flavor from fresh basil, artichoke hearts and lemon juice. This pesto sauce gets a “cheesy” flavor boost from nutritional yeast. Some common ways to use it:

  • Mix with chicken and zoodles for some creamy pesto zoodles
  • Mix with eggs, spinach and sausage for some “green eggs” (see our Jambalaya post for a bunch of Whole30 compliant sausage options)
  • Mix with spaghetti squash noodles and your protein of choice

TIPS:

  • Use as a dip for chopped up veggies for an easy snack
  • Slather on cooked chicken, fish or beef for extra flavor
  • Use as a topping for any bowl or salad meal (veggies + protein + pesto)

3. Whole30 BBQ Sauce

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We created this Whole30 BBQ sauce because we couldn’t find any at the store without added sugar. We use it for recipes like:

TIPS:

  • Use this to replace any standard store bought BBQ sauce in recipes
  • It’s great slathered on any grilled meats
  • Use it to add BBQ flavor to leftover protein like shredded chicken

4. Whole30 Creamy Garlic Sauce

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This sauce is like a creamy garlic alfredo sauce – but totally Whole30 compliant! It will fill that creamy sauce craving if you are looking for some “comfort” food. Some ways you can use this sauce:

  • Make creamy chicken alfredo zoodles
  • Mix it with any sauteéd veggies and protein
  • Add it to coleslaw for a creamy, mayo-free sauce
  • Mix it into soup for extra flavor
  • Use it as a dip for chicken wings

TIPS:

  • You don’t have to soak the cashews for this sauce, it’s a time-saver!
  • It’s best to heat this sauce up over low heat in a pan on the stove
  • You can mix it with some bone broth when heating if you want to thin it out

5. Whole30 Creamy Herb Sauce

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This is a tangy, herby sauce that perfect for spring and summer! It’s kind of a mix between a chimichurri and a tangy mustard sauce. You can use it for:

  • Salad dressing
  • A sauce for grilled meats
  • Marinating chicken or pork

TIPS:

  • You can use any kind of mustard you prefer
  • Different vinegars can be used for different flavors (red wine, coconut, balsamic)
  • If it’s too tangy for your taste, add a little more salt

6. Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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This last sauce is the easiest of all! Just toss 5 ingredients into the food processor and you’ll be enjoying this delicious sauce in no time. We like to use it for:

  • A topping for any bowl meal (greens/veggies/protein)
  • Mixed with sauteed greens and chicken
  • As a dip for pretty much anything

TIPS:

  • Since it has avocado in it, it’s best to use it within 3-4 days
  • You can extend the life of the sauce by adding some lime juice
  • If you want to thin the sauce out, add a little olive oil or juices from the jar of roasted peppers

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6 Easy Whole30 Sauces

3.5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Justin + Erica Winn
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Ingredients

Stir-fry Sauce:

“Cheesy” Pesto Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 7 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup arugula
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or avocado oil)

BBQ Sauce:

Creamy Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw whole cashews
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Creamy Herb Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup parsley (packed)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (packed)
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • pinch salt & pepper (to taste)

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

Instructions

For the Stir-fry Sauce:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or jar and mix well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For the "Cheesy" Pesto Sauce

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the olive oil to a food processor or high-powered blender. Pulse until smooth. With the processor running, slowly add in the olive oil to get a creamy consistency. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

For the BBQ Sauce:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or jar and mix well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For the Creamy Garlic Sauce:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For the Creamy Herb Sauce:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. If the sauce is too thick, add some avocado/olive oil or juice from the roasted pepper jar and blend again. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

For the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, if you can’t find or don’t have a jar of roasted peppers, you can make your own.
Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the stems and seeds from 2 bell peppers and slice them into strips. Place them on the baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Toss to coat.
Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes before using in the sauce in place of the jar of peppers. 
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