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The Perfect Summer Sauce: Goodbye Marry Me Chicken, Hello Marry Me Salad Dressing

Use this multi-purpose sauce on chicken, fish, and even tofu.

Sunny days are finally here, and whether you have school-age kids or not, it suddenly feels like summer vacation. It’s the time when we’d all rather laze in the heat with an icy drink than  sweat over a hot stove. But when dinner time comes, grilling a plain pork chop or some chicken breasts can get a little boring and bland. That’s the beauty of this sour-sweet sauce that you can slather over everything and anything.   

Awesome Sauce is a game-changer for a few reasons. It’s interchangeable: make a batch (or two) of the dressing and you have a salad dressing for lunch, a marinade for a simple grilled dinner, and a spread to spruce up your sandwiches. Dunk chicken tenders into it like an upgraded fast-food sauce. Spread some on a burger for an instant flavor explosion. The possibilities are endless.  

Second, this is a no-cook sauce. That means no need to heat up the kitchen when the weather is oppressive. Unlike other relish recipes, this one doesn’t require any fancy equipment or tricky sterilization. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy it immediately or use it later as a marinade for protein and veggies.  

Last, but certainly not least, we have to talk about the taste. It really is awesome. Fresh parsley and tarragon add a fresh pop of green color and bright, herby flavor. Sour, briny pickle juice adds an unexpected zing, while dried apricots balance with sweetness. At the finish, a dash of hot sauce  rounds out the party with a little kick of heat. It truly is the must-taste sauce of the season.  

For more simple sauces and relishes to save your summer, check out these recipes, plus more from our issue online.    

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Breasts with Awesome Sauce 

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