4 Must-Make Power Bowl Sauces

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Want to know the secret to creating a delicious power bowl? It’s all in the sauce. The sauce is what sets apart the power bowl from it’s lighter cousin, the salad. Power bowls are a meal prep favorite around here, and I’ve got four must-make power bowl sauces for you to choose from for a hearty and nutritious easy weeknight meal.

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Power bowl versus salad – which makes you more excited? When I think salad, I think of a big bowl of leafy greens with light toppings. Something I usually crave when I know I haven’t been eating enough veggies.

Related post: 30 Plant-Based Power Bowl Recipes to Fuel Your Day

Power bowls on the other hand make me crave a hearty meal made up of leafy greens, beans, roasted veggies and maybe some whole grains. The real differentiator is the creamy, decadent sauce.

Salads = raw

Power bowls = cooked

Did you know that I’ve got a whole power bowl section in my book SIMPLY SWAPPED Everyday? Grab your copy here!

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Create your own power bowl night is always one of my favorite cooking class menus. The guys are happy because the sauce gives the meal a richness, while the ladies are happy because it’s still light and plant-powered!

In my opinion, the perfect power bowl is made of up leafy greens, ½ cup whole grains and/or beans, a mix of roasted and raw veggies, avocado, nuts/seeds, protein, and of course, a heavy drizzle of the sauce.

You can use any kind of protein to finish off your bowl that you like – salmon, grilled chicken, meatballs, beans or even hemp seeds would all work well!

Without further ado, let’s get into the four must-make sauces shall we?

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Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup filtered water (or more to thin)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Keywords: power bowl, meal prep, cheesy dressing, roasted red pepper, avocado cilantro, lemon tahini, sauce, roasted vegetables, meatless monday

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 whole roasted red peppers
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Keywords: power bowl, meal prep, cheesy dressing, roasted red pepper, avocado cilantro, lemon tahini, sauce, roasted vegetables, meatless monday

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Cheesy Cashew Herb Dressing

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons chives
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons basil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to thin.

Notes

In this recipe we are swapping a dairy-based ingredient for soaked cashews to achieve the creamy texture. We are also swapping cheese for nutritional yeast – a food that has a slightly nutty and cheesy flavor!

Keywords: power bowl, meal prep, cheesy dressing, roasted red pepper, avocado cilantro, lemon tahini, sauce, roasted vegetables, meatless monday

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Avocado Cilantro Crema

  • Author: FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

A lot of Mexican restaurants use sour cream to achieve a creamy avocado dressing. We are swapping sour cream for lighter dairy-free milk and utilizing the buttery texture of the avocado for a creamy texture!

Keywords: power bowl, meal prep, cheesy dressing, roasted red pepper, avocado cilantro, lemon tahini, sauce, roasted vegetables, meatless monday

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Now, which one are you going to try first? That’s the tough question.

Enjoy!

-Carly Paige

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