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What makes a good dish great? It’s all in the sauce, if you ask us. Just think how a tangy dressing can transform a boring salad or how a dry meat dish can be elevated into something mouthwateringly delicious with a spicy marinade or rich gravy. And let’s not forget those creamy cheese sauces that, well, just make everything better. Here, 23 keto-friendly sauces sauces that will take your dishes to the next level.

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1. Homemade Basil Pesto

Serve with zoodles and shaved Parmesan for a delicious low-carb meal.

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All Purpose Easy Mustard Keto Salad Dressing
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2. All-Purpose Easy Mustard Keto Salad Dressing

Tangy, flavorful and can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

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Erin McDowell

3. Spicy Lemon Herb Sauce

Try drizzling it over roasted chicken and veggies to take a standard weeknight meal up a notch.

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Sugar Free Keto Diet Caramel Sauce
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4. Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce

You didn’t think we’d forget about dessert, did you?

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Low Carb Garlic Avocado Caesar Dressing Recipe
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5. Low-Carb Garlic Avocado Caesar Dressing

So much better than the store-bought version.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

6. No-Cook, Keto Avocado Hollandaise

Reasons we can’t get enough of this avocado hollandaise recipe: It’s lusciously creamy, it takes just ten minutes to whip up, it's vegan, it's keto and it's no-cook. Need we say more?

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HALF BAKED HARVEST

7. ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WHITE PIZZA DIP

No one—not even your 10-year-old—will believe it's made from cauliflower, trust us.

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PHOTO: ERIC MORAN/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

8. LEMON-HERB SAUCE

Give your steak a touch of zest with this bold sauce. Marinate the steak before it hits the grill, and then hit it with a second round of tangy sauce.

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DAMN DELICIOUS

9. Garlic Butter

We love garlic. We love butter. This combo is a match made in tastebud heaven.

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PHOTO: MICHAEL MARQUAND/STYLING: JAKE COHEN

10. TAHINI RANCH

Drizzle this on top of a pile of roasted cauliflower, and you've got yourself a knockout meal.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

11. Coconut-Herb Sauce

Serve this creamy sauce next to your chicken meatballs for some dipping action. (And it's great on cauliflower rice, too!)

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THE MEDITERRANEAN DISH

12. Mango Salsa

Turn your salmon recipe up a notch with this bold salsa.

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13. CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Oooh, fancy. If you love your herbs, you'll be making this sauce time and time again because it's 1). delicious and 2). easy.

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40 APRONS

14. CREAMY TOMATO SAUCE

Paired best with meatballs and served over a bed of low-carb zoodles.

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THE DEFINED DISH

15. BUFFALO MAYO

Swap those buns for some crisp, crunchy lettuce leaves and add a nice big dollop of this spruced-up mayo.

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THE DEFINED DISH

16. Mushroom Sauce

Thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms doused in balsamic brings the French bistro to your kitchen.

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17. LOW CARB KETO CHEESE SAUCE

You're just three simple ingredients away from rich, creamy perfection.

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18. EASY GREEK TZATZIKI SAUCE

Honestly, we’ve never met a tzatziki sauce we didn't love. This recipe has just seven ingredients and takes under five minutes to make.

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19. GLUTEN-FREE ENCHILADA SAUCE

Simple, yet oh-so-flavorful! All you need is garlic, oil, tomato sauce, chicken broth, a handful of spices and sea salt.

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20. SUGAR-FREE BBQ SAUCE

This sauce is so sweet and tangy, your guests won't even know it's sugar-free.

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21. CAESAR DRESSING

Whip up a batch of this creamy dressing to use all throughout the week on chicken, roasted vegetables, salad—you name it!

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22. ALFREDO SAUCE

You didn't know you needed this garlic Parmesan cream sauce in your life until now.

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23. CRANBERRY SAUCE

A Thanksgiving side no more! This low-carb, sugar-free version is a surprisingly good complement to any chicken or meatball dish.

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