5 Clean Eating Sauce Recipes

Clean eating encourages devotees to eat whole foods adorned only with simple, fresh sauces that contain as little refined sugars and processed ingredients as possible. If you select in-season produce, organic, all-natural animal products and minimally processed whole grains such as millet, farro, quinoa and amaranth, you're on your way to enjoying all of the nutrient-rich, energy-boosting benefits the clean eating lifestyle offers.

But, even produce picked at its peak, grass-fed beef and chewy, nutty brown rice can benefit from flavorful sauces. The following five clean eating sauce recipes provide crowd-pleasing, versatile ways to spice up your meals. Ordered from least labor- and time-intensive to most, all of the sauces are easy to make—some just take more time to simmer than others.

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30-Second Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

3 vine-ripened tomatoes, with seeds and juice, cut into quarters
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
1 small bunch cilantro
1 garlic clove
1 lime, for juice and zest
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and pulse until at your desired consistency.

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Tzatziki Recipe

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane or chopped finely
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
1 cup organic, low-fat Greek yogurt, strained
1/2 cup organic, low-fat sour cream
1 large hothouse cucumber, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, yogurt and sour cream. Stir in cucumbers and dill. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.

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Sabrina Tillman Grotewold

Sabrina Tillman Grotewold is the running editor for active.com, and the creator and author of the Active Cookbook. She runs nearly every day, enjoys cooking and developing recipes, and taking her son for long walks in his stroller.

Sabrina Tillman Grotewold is the running editor for active.com, and the creator and author of the Active Cookbook. She runs nearly every day, enjoys cooking and developing recipes, and taking her son for long walks in his stroller.

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