All you need is 10 minutes and 5 fresh ingredients.

Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Wouldn’t it just be nice to have that one secret ingredient that could pull together about any type of dish if you needed it to? A secret ingredient so quick, easy, and delicious that it was swoon-worthy? Well, you’re in luck. This summer—already so abundant with ripe farmer’s market produce and endless fresh recipes to accompany—we have the secret summer sauce for you.

Just like a fresh pesto, yet more refreshing and summery, this Summer Sauce is about as versatile as Duke’s mayonnaise, but with a little more refinement and lightness. Five easy, flavorful ingredients come together to form this oil-based herb condiment that can be throw on or tossed with about any type of dish. This Field Pea, Corn, and Bacon Salad is a favorite side for any summer barbecue, and this Squash Tart is a deceptively simple dish for any get-together. Spread the Summer Sauce on your Tomato Tea Sandwiches, and mix it in this Eggplant-Yogurt Dip. We are telling you, it goes with just about anything (unless you get a little too crazy with it).

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The great thing about a versatile condiment like this light sauce is that it doesn’t require a recipe for every use. Sure, it’s conveniently included already in many recipes, but it’s not limited to those. You can create your own recipes, and that’s pretty cool. Whip together a meal using your wits, ingredients on hand, and a little of this Summer Sauce, and you’ll be feeling like a bonafide Paula Deen (or Barefoot Contessa, whatever you like). This is your show now. 

Get the recipe for our Summer Sauce here and then mix it up with these variations.

1. Add to plain yogurt to make a chicken or seafood sauce.

2. Replace tomato sauce on a pizza.

3. Stir into scrambled eggs.

4. Toss with roasted vegetables.

5. Drizzle over hummus or white bean dip.

6. Dress potato salad.

7. Serve with grilled steak.

8. Use as a sauce to dip pieces of warm, crusty bread.