Great question with some nice ideas already from the responses!
I’m always racking my brains when cooking/providing menu examples for the custom nutrition plans for sauces/dressings.
When it comes to sauces/dressings, this is a great time to add more nutrients to your meal. Your food choices already sound great.
Fresh herbs E.g. Coriander, parsley, basil, dill, fennel, garlic, mint
(The green herbs are packed full of nutrients such as calcium, iron and antioxidants so I would encourage adding plenty into your sauce/dressing or even just sprinkling on the top of your quinoa dish with a dollop of greek yoghurt/quark/dairy free yoghurt and squeeze of lemon/lime juice).
Spices: E.g. Turmeric, curcumin, cumin, chilli, fresh ginger, paprika, pepper
(you can make up a delicious marinade using mint, yoghurt, turmeric and paprika to coat meats/tofu/veggies to roast in the oven)
Nuts and seeds: E.g. Linseeds (aka flaxseeds), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios etc
(I always suggest adding a dessertspoon of seeds or nuts to the top of oatmeal/yoghurt/salads/stews to add flavour and bite. You can mix seeds in with any sauces and dressings or you can blitz in a blender or pestle and mortar to make a paste (just add a little olive oil and herbs for extra flavour). These all provide a great source of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, fibre and vitamins/minerals.
Lemon/lime juice (full of vitamin C and antioxidants), pomegranate (amazing in salads/dressings), parmesan cheese (this is a high protein cheese and can be added to nuts/seeds and herbs to make a pesto).
Tahini paste can be used to make your own hummus/dips such as mixed bean dip, beetroot and pepper dips.
Landers2189 has already made a great suggestion of satay/peanut sauce
Yoghurt based sauces/marinades
Can also use honey/maple syrup/nut butters/olive oil/vinegar/mustard.
All of these sauces/dressings/dips can be made adding your own great nutritious ingredients and there are lots of recipes online on how to make your own.
Let us know what you make.
Rebecca – Uphill Athlete Dietitian