In French cooking, there's a such thing as the "mother sauces" - 5 sauces that, with slight modifications, are building blocks for many other types of sauces, and are used on all types of dishes. When it comes to vegan cooking, the 3 sauces listed below are just as essential, and can be used on countless types of dishes, from salads, to tofu, to grilled vegetables, and even on nachos! Nuts like cashews and walnuts add thickness and a creamy consistency to vegan sauces, and taste great when used to dress bright, fresh vegetables, like in a leafy kale salad. These sauces can be used as a dip for raw vegetables, thrown on top of tacos, or simply served with a pile of tortilla chips when you feel like a salty snack.
Once you try the maple-mustard vinaigrette with chia seeds, you'll be hooked. Chia seeds can be added to almost any vinaigrette or sauce recipe, as long as there's enough water content to in it to allow the chia to expand! Unlike flax, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to profit from their nutritious benefits. They have a neutral taste, which means that they can be added to almost any type of dish, and they add a satisfying crunch, like poppy seeds!