Alert
Close

Donate now to get your name on the hood of Jeff Gordon's car! Learn how to Ride With Jeff

Highlights

Open

SEARCH RECIPES

Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

 

AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and
Sweeps

Boomer Superstar Contest 

Chance to win $5,000 in contest powered by American Idol Live! Ends 09/05/14. No purchase necessary. Rules.

most popular
articles

Viewed

10 Toppings You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Sauce recipes, salad dressings and other flavorings will make your summer meals special

Mussels and clams with pesto on outdoor grill, a 10-minute topping recipe for grilled fish

A quick sauce, topping or marinade can add flavor to a meal, such as this pesto sauce for mussels and clams. — Photo by: Lisa Hubbard/Getty Images

Tangy marinades, simple salad dressings, fruit toppings for frozen desserts. These sauces can certainly make a meal. Rather than relying on oil, sugar or salt, these recipes use inventive herbs, spices and exotic ingredients to provide vast margins of flavor. And making a sauce or marinade in your own kitchen can save time and money, as opposed to reading labels in the supermarket.

See also: Find a farmers market near you.

For savory dishes:

Summer cooking should highlight simple preparations: good quality meats speak for themselves with just a char from the grill, and fresh, seasonal produce is delicious presented raw. These six vinaigrettes, pestos and creamy sauces take meals made of just a few ingredients over the top, and all of them take around 10 minutes to make.

Anchovy Red Wine Dressing by Nigella Lawson: In this recipe, the salty brine of the anchovies is cut by the bite of red wine vinegar.

Light Lemon Mayonnaise by Julia della Croce: Fresh, homemade mayonnaise boasts a depth of flavor and light, velvety texture unlike anything that comes in a jar.

Spinach Pesto by Diane Rossen Worthington: This pesto, delicious on pasta, meat or as an add-in for soups and sauces, can be made a week in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette by Sheila Lukins: This sweet and sour sauce will serve well on chopped salads or as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers or onion rings.

Cucumber-Mint "Raita" by Lorna Sass: This dairy-free dressing, based on the yogurt-based raitas common in Indian cuisine, is made from tofu, lime juice, cilantro, mint and cucumber.

Sweet Plum Vinaigrette by Martin Yan: This tangy, spicy vinaigrette works its magic on everything from cooked greens to grilled lamb.

Next: Sauces and toppings for sweet dishes. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members receive 25% off regular price menu items at Papa John's

Outback Steak

Members save 15% Mon-Thurs & during weekend lunch at Outback Steakhouse.

McCormick and Schmicks (McCormick and Schmicks)

Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.