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Sunshine Sauce

I needed a rest day, so lucky you… you get a new recipe!

In the dino-chow world, peanuts are a big no-no. (Because they’re legumes, not nuts, and blah blah blah. Get the full explanation from Whole9Life here.)

It didn’t seem like a big deal to me to give up peanuts until I remembered the decadent deliciousness that is peanut sauce. Veggies dipped in peanut sauce. Grilled chicken satay dipped in peanut sauce. Shredded beef wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf with diced red onion and drizzled with… peanut sauce.

You get the idea.

Then Sunbutter entered my life. Creamy. Nutty. Made from beautiful, healthy-fat-filled seeds.

And I got creative.

You’re welcome.

I’ve been banned from using leopard print in cookbook photos, so this is a one-time only use of spots and food. Note that no leopard print was used in the making of my upcoming cookbook. You may all breathe easy.

Sunshine Sauce

Makes enough for 2 people to dip a serving of glorious grilled meat and some veggies

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon coconut aminos or homemade substitute
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (I like Sunbutter; no sugar added)
dash ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:
1. Place all the ingredients except the coconut milk in the bowl of a food processor and whirl until well blended.

2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper, then add the coconut milk. Process until it’s blended and smooth. Store covered in the fridge.

3. Eat with abandon and joyousness.

Note: The organic Sunbutter contains ONLY roasted sunflowers seeds, so if you’re very committed to avoiding added sugars, go for the organic. The “natural” and “crunchy” versions list dehydrated cane juice among the ingredients, which means it’s got a little added sugar. I found several online sources for organic Sunbutter, if you want to be hard routine about it. Prices range from $5-ish to $9-ish per jar, plus one place you can buy by the case!

Swanson Organic | $5.99/jar
Sungold Organic | $9.99/jar
Sungold Organic by the case | $60/case or $5.45/jar
Sungold Organic | $9.96/jar
Sungold Organic | $7.99/jar

 


I’m excited to once again join the food punk rockers on Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

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154 Responses to “Sunshine Sauce”

  1. girlblake says:

    I just made a version of this with almond butter instead of sunbutter and soy milk instead of coconut milk and it was delicious! I put it on sauteed kale, butternut squash, onions and garlic. Healthy, tasty, filling. Thanks for the delicious tip, m'lady!

    • Gwen Frazier says:

      This dressing/sauce is so good! I did not have any limes so I used lemon and it was really tasty! I used it as a dressing on a salad for lunch with sliced smoked chicken breast, spring onions and tomatoes. I plan to make it agin and again!

  2. Barbara says:

    *drool*…I need to take cooking notes from you as I'm cooking inept!

    OK..tomorrow 1st day, 5:30am Zachs class. Wish me luck!

  3. Melicious says:

    Have a great time, Barbara! You're a warrior. Believe it.

  4. LizScott says:

    Hi there! Stumbled here from Kristin's Tasty Paleo site – this looks awesome, can't wait!

  5. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Hi, LizScott! Hope you like it. Be sure to come back and post after you make it and lemme know what you think… especially if you come up with some fun modifications!

  6. Brandy says:

    Im all excited and copying down a bunch of your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing your cooking creativity!!

  7. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Brandy! I'm so glad you're finding recipes you like. The Sunshine Sauce is really good. Enjoy!

  8. Melanie says:

    So.. I had an idea earlier today and I just made it – guess what makes an amazing combo?! Organic baby spinach, tuna, a few crumbled sesame nori chips (your recipe), tossed with sunshine sauce! Stuffing my face with that now.. so good I can barely type! ~*~*~*~

  9. Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Melanie –> That sounds like such a tasty salad! I'm TOTALLY stealing that idea!

  10. Melanie says:

    Yessss! Let me know if you like it!! :))

  11. Emily says:

    Looks amazing and a perfect replacement for my beloved but cast-away peanut sauce. I’m a bit foggy on the chili-garlic paste: did you make it yourself and if so what was the ratio (i’m assuming chili flakes and garlic were used)? THANKS

  12. Matt says:

    So sunflower seeds aren’t peanuts, but are they paleo? Omega-6s are high, what about all that anti-nutrient mumbo-jumbo? I hadn’t given up PB on paleo yet, but bought a jar of Sunbutter to try and it’s mighty tasty. Probably been a month or two since I had eaten peanuts in any form anyway.

    Love the blog in general, post more! :)

    • Mel says:

      Yes, the omega-6 in sunflower seeds makes them less favorable as a PRIMARY fat source on a regular basis, but seeds and nuts as occasional condiments to add flavor are a good choice, I think. In MODERATION. And, of course, everyone has to decide for themselves what feels best.

  13. Judi says:

    Pad Thai is my favorite thing ever (mild exaggeration) and was disappointed I’d never be able to have it again after switching to Paleo (which I love)…..until I saw you had a recipe, and before I looked at it I felt dejected because I assumed there was no way to replicate the peanut sauce, and then lo and behold in walks your Sunshine Sauce. I’ve already located where around me I can get all the ingredients. I am super stoked!! On the menu for next week :) Thanks for all you do chica you are seriously AWESOME!!

    • Mel says:

      Judi, I’m so glad you found the recipe! If you have trouble finding Sunbutter, I’ve heard from other readers that almond butter tastes good, too. Be sure to let me know how you like it — and thank you for your sweet compliment. Happy eating!

  14. brianna says:

    “nothing tastes as good as health feels”….except sunshine sauce. Not the biggest fan of sunbutter to begin with, but holy frankenweenie this stuff is good!

    • Mel says:

      I used to have a… uh, problem with Sunbutter because I was eating the kind with the sugar in it. HOLY SH*T, that stuff is good. I have no such problem with the organic, sugar-free, which is great because I don’t need to banish it from the kitchen. I really like using sunbutter in savory dishes as a stand-in for peanuts… much more peanutty than almond butter. I’m working on some African stuff for when the weather turns cool again.

      • brianna says:

        That sounds fantastic! The Sunbutter I bought is someone’s house brand, so though it is organic, it still has a tiny bit of sugar in it…not exactly just cause for me to chuck it. Almond butter is an…incomplete substitute for peanut butter, but if you’re looking for teeny little packets of sinful paleo heaven…dip a prune in almond butter. Sweet baby jesus.

  15. Katie says:

    I bought the chili-garlic paste you recommended, but it seems that it has xanthan gum in it now. Any other recommendations on brands?

  16. [...] Lunch: Grilled Chicken Thighs and Sunshine Sauce + Roasted Broccoli Dinner: Dinner with [...]

  17. [...] oil 1 batch sunshine sauce, minus the [...]

  18. Renee says:

    I just had a steaming hot plate of yumminess and I feel so completely sated and happy thanks to you. I mixed up some sunshine sauce and tossed it in a saute with leftover coconut-pecan crusted chicken breasts, leftover broccolini, thinly sliced onion, shredded cabbage, and arugula. I’ve never eaten this way before “Well Fed.” It took such a few minutes to prepare and was literally one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

  19. April says:

    I was so enamored by the look of the beautiful sauce that I didn’t even notice the leopard print! I’m going to make this tomorrow for dinner. I miss Pad Thai and here you are with a replacement. Your cookbook will be on my counter soon soon soon (as in ordering as soon as I get paid tomorrow!)

    • Mel says:

      If you flip through Well Fed, you will notice a definite lack of leopard print. I was overruled every time! :-)

      The pad thai is the bomb. Hope you enjoy it! And I love that you’re going to treat yourself with Well Fed. Happy cooking!

  20. Amanda says:

    Whole foods didn’t have the garlic-chili paste…any way to sub something instead??

  21. [...] was a quick stir fry because I was beat. It had chicken, carrots, onion, spaghetti squash and sunshine sauce. Nope it wasn’t pretty but I don’t even care it was easy and filled my [...]

  22. [...] with foil, place in 350-degree oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sunshine sauce, if desired. (I tried it with and without the sauce, and it was great either [...]

  23. [...] first recipe I tried out was the Sunshine Sauce, which is a paleo spin on peanut sauce. I made my own sunflower seed butter first with just raw [...]

  24. [...] with foil, place in 350-degree oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sunshine sauce, if desired. (I tried it with and without the sauce, and it was great either way!) Share [...]

  25. Rachel says:

    Hi Melissa-
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe- how long will this last in the fridge?

  26. Sunshinelover says:

    You are quite right to already say “you’re welcome” for this glorious sauce. I had to laugh at someone who wanted to know how long it would keep. Keep? I have gotten up mid meal to make more because I ran out. All things (from chicken to green beans) taste better with this sauce. I do have one suggestion, a name change. In my house, we call it “OmNomNom Sauce”. You rock. :)

  27. We started whole30 a week and a half ago and this meal made me totally forget we are doing Paleo! Thank you!!

  28. elaine! says:

    I’ve been making this constantly ever since I got your cookbook. Z.O.M.G.!!! It really is good on EVERYTHING! Thanks for making meat and veggies yummy again.

  29. sha says:

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and your recipes look delish! But for some reason I never tried any….says a lot about staying within your comfort zone. But OMFG! I just made this sauce n practically drank the whole thing by itself! Wow! I’m in love with some sunshine….now if only I could give me a dose of Vit D too! I have the pork carnitas bubbling away as we speak! I can’t wait! Yumm-O!

  30. [...] meal is salmon/cabbage/coconut/an overly-limey sunshine sauce. I’ve also recently tried her baked fish, and while the crust needed tweaking, the fish [...]

  31. [...] had some chopped cucumbers, red pepper and Smoky Babaganoush, and some Sunshine Sauce. I’m undecided on the sunshine sauce, although I altered the recipe to use almond butter [...]

  32. Kelly says:

    So somehow I have missed out on your blog until this week. Clearly I have some serious catching up to do…I took some creative liberty with your Pad Thai recipe due to available veggies using broccoli and onions and subbed almond butter due to a sunbutter intolerance on the sunshine sauce. I didn’t have a squash but I did have cauliflower so I made coconut rice and served the Pad Thai over the rice. Holy mother of deliciousness- what an incredible meal. The sunshine sauce will definitely become a regular sauce in my rotation. Can’t wait to try more of your creations:)

    • Mel says:

      I’m so glad you found me — welcome! I love that you adapted the recipes to make them work for you… perfect! And yes, this sauce is really good with both almond and cashew butter. Hard to go wrong with smushed up nuts and garlic, right?!

  33. [...] your chicken is baking, head over to The Clothes Make the Girl and whip up some of this delicious Sunshine Sauce for dipping! Share this:PinterestEmailPrintTwitterFacebookMoreStumbleUponLike this:LikeBe the [...]

  34. Michelle says:

    OMIGOD! I knew this was going to be good, but I was surprised at just how good. Thanks! This made my day!

  35. Chilloften says:

    I’ve been trying out your free recipes, Secret Chicken, Tandori Chicken, Egg Fu Yung, Mel’s Fav Chili and now this Sunshine Sauce. All I can say is YUM! I have never used so many spices and my grown kids are asking why I didn’t cook like this when they were here…ha! Thanks for sharing. I have got to find your book! I do wish it had nutritional info though. Can’t wait to see what I find in the book to cook up.

  36. Jessica says:

    I made this tonight and it was GREAT! I left out the cayenne and it still had a bit of a kick but not so much that my 2 year old couldn’t eat it (he loved it with his grilled chicken and raw pepper strips). I found that using an immersion blender worked much better than a food processor since the quantity of sauce that this recipe makes isn’t that large. This is definitely going in the rotation. Question, though — how long does it keep? I’m trying to make all my sauces, etc. for the week on Sunday and use as needed… Thanks!

  37. Laura Maxwell says:

    Can I just tell you that this sauce is a literal lifesaver in our house? I am forever struggling to eat right and love spicy, sweet, savory & salty. This sauce is my go to when I need some flavor to keep from reaching for something much worse.

    And then there is my daughter. She has severe tree nut and peanut allergies, something we discovered when she had some chicken satay and dunked it in peanut sauce at a friend’s house. She loved the taste of that peanut sauce just not her reaction to it. When I whipped up the first batch of sunshine sauce and served it to her with grilled chicken skewers she was thrilled. Thank you!

    • Mel says:

      Oh! YAY! I’m so glad to know this recipe is working for you and your daughter. Thanks for sharing! Sunbutter is pretty amazing stuff.

  38. [...] Joulwan’s Sunshine Sauce: I’ve mentioned this before (like, twelve times), and I really can’t get enough of this [...]

  39. [...] Stir fry – bbq chicken thighs, baby bok choy, snow peas, carrots and broccoli   with sunshine sauce [...]

  40. Jen says:

    The Marantha sunflower butter is sugar-free also. And I can’t wait to try this! I might make it with soy sauce, but will probably wait until I can pick up some more coconut aminos on Thursday.

  41. Tammy says:

    Totally. Addicted. Yeah, my last batch only lasted, oh, about 36 hours…

  42. Nicole says:

    Amazing! I used almond butter (because 3 stores had sugar laden sun butter!) and a pinch of fresh ginger instead of dried. This was also the first time I used coconut amines. I am in heaven!!! Can’t wait to try it on my pad Thai tonight. Thanks for the recipe, I will share it with my Paleo friends :)

  43. Tianna says:

    I will be honest….I made it a while ago with tamari, because I didn’t have coconut aminos and I really didn’t like it. Far too salty and soy sauce-y. BUT. I got a bottle of coconut aminos recently and found it far milder in flavor. I decided to try again, and make pad Thai, and all I can say is the rest of the ingredients are lucky they saw the sauce. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I actually licked out the food processor.

    • Mel says:

      So glad you tried it again! And yes, coconut aminos aren’t always a 1:1 swap, esp. with tamari. But YAY for licking the food processor!

  44. Cavequeen says:

    Now, a kitchen staple! I don’t even miss my precious peanut butter anymore. I use it on everything meats, salads, dips. Oops, that might be a bad thing. I also don’t share. Lol

  45. Teresa says:

    This is so delicious!

  46. [...] but the end result was amazing and I am STOKED about using it for pad thai tomorrow. I also made the Sunshine Sauce from Well Fed* and it’s delicious, so I can’t wait to throw that dinner together when I [...]

  47. [...] Chicken breast pieces with ‘peanut sauce’ dip [...]

  48. [...] after work I came home and put the spaghetti squash in the oven and pre-mixed the Sunshine Sauce for the Pad Thai. Turned off the oven just before the squash was cooked, and headed out to WOD and [...]

  49. [...] topped our chicken off with this Sunshine Sauce using almond butter instead of sunbutter.  It was delicious!  P.S. I’d make at least a double [...]

  50. [...] thought of this as I ate my “treat” for lunch….carrots with this sauce, which I swear is the best thing ever on ANYTHING. It sounds crazy as I type it. But it is true, [...]

  51. Heather says:

    This was so delicious! I added a bit of red curry paste and made it in a sauce pan over low heat instead of a food processor. My daughter could not stop licking the spoon while helping! Thanks for a new staple!

  52. [...] japanese sweet potato topped with a fried egg, sweet peppers, and a little Sunshine Sauce. So [...]

  53. [...] I tried out Sunshine Sauce from The Clothes Make the Girl! I actually fluked and made a very similar sauce to hers with  my veggies the other day but it was [...]

  54. Jen says:

    Mmmmmmmm, this is so yummy! It tastes marvelous and it is indeed like sunshine in your mouth. I followed the recipe exactly. How do you come up with these things? And thanks for your wonderful blog!

  55. [...] stumbled upon this sauce from the Clothes Make the Girl and could not wait to try it. You can definitely say the family loved it (thank you, Melissa!) [...]

  56. SJ says:

    I cooked a 3ish lb chuck roast in the crockpot the other night, so I’ll be eating beef for the next few days. I just had some (cold) with julienned zucchini and carrots, Sunshine Sauce, and cilantro. Delicious! And it’s still summer here, so anything I can make without using heat is extra awesome.

  57. [...] chicken) with bell pepper strips, snap or snow peas, carrot and cucumber coins, along with Sunshine Sauce for dipping. Bonus if you have some Caramelized Coconut Chips on the [...]

  58. [...] the afternoon, I took out my trusty stick blender to make some of Mel’s Sunshine Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed, which I love! Think of Sunshine Sauce as peanut sauce without the [...]

  59. [...] with cauliflower mash. Roast chicken breast with cauliflower mash and broccoli/carrot slaw with sunshine sauce (ok, I do not like) and brussels sprouts [...]

  60. Nancy says:

    Just made this and used in a chicken stir fry. Oh my goodness will be making again! Had to portion it out as was greedy to keep some for crackers. thank you!

  61. [...] has, on several occasions, made this one from the ever trustworthy Ina Garten and then I saw this one which got all my salivary glands pumping! The second one is Paelo whiwch I’m not to savvy on [...]

  62. [...] raw cabbage & carrot salad with a variation of sunshine sauce [...]

  63. [...] 12pm: Cauliflower mash w/ cottage cheese, kale and tomato salad w/ Sunshine Sauce – OMG, SO FRIGGIN [...]

  64. [...] raw cabbage & carrot salad with a variation of sunshine sauce [...]

  65. [...] We threw a giant spaghetti squash in the oven, made some light cucumber salad, and made a double batch of Sunshine Sauce.  [...]

  66. [...] sunshine sauce [...]

  67. [...] crust made out of?” Uh. MEAT! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s biology lesson and me shoving sunshine sauce in my [...]

  68. [...] also trying my hand for the first time at Melissa Joulwan’s Sunshine Sauce. B has been going through a particularly busy period at work, so between his long hours and my [...]

  69. [...] weather, the hormones or what it is- but I have been craving Thai food!  Melissa Joulwans sunshine sauce usually gets me through, but I finally caved and went out for a Thai dinner.  I have had Jai Thai [...]

  70. [...] my Asian noodle secret weapon tonight, Shirataki noodles, and smother them in a couple spoonfuls of Well Fed’s Sunshine Sauce, topped with fresh scallions. I adore this cookbook and this sauce will make a believer out of you [...]

  71. Jess says:

    Can’t wait to try making this tonight! Can I use coconut vinegar instead of rice vinegar? Or is it too strong?

  72. Michelle says:

    Oh dear God in Heaven…this stuff is the bomb. Seriously. I made your 5 spice pork (used pork roast instead of ribs) last night. Took some of the leftover meat at lunch, put it in a lettuce leaf, poured sunshine sauce on top. I also used it as a dip for bell pepper slices. Brought all of this to work for co-workers today and we all agree….awesomely, amazing, creamy goodness! THANK YOU for sharing your adventures in the kitchen!!

  73. I’m surprised you don’t advocate for making your own sunbutter. It is dead easy. I regularly make sunbutter, almond butter and walnut butter with my food processor.

    Love your cookbook!
    best,
    Ursa

  74. Kirsten says:

    Melissa, for real, this is the BEST condiment EVER. I just made it to top my kalua pig and an Asian slaw I copied from a local resturant. I used almond butter because I am not a big fan of sunflower seeds, and added a little extra rice vinegar because I like things tangy. I could eat this on anything. I’m going to make a huge jar of it to keep in the fridge for salads. When Paleo is as tasty as this, who could possibly miss grains?

  75. Chrissie says:

    Hi! Just started the paleo diet along with crossfit. How important are the coconut aminos to this recipe? Thanks a bunch!

    • Mel says:

      Think of it as soy sauce — it adds saltiness and zing. Without the aminos, it will be OK, but kind of flat. If you can’t get your hands on coconut aminos, you can use fish sauce instead (as long as it has no garbage ingredients) or a mashed up anchovy (or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste).

  76. Shelly says:

    I am excited to try this with chicken satay! Any suggestions on how to make the chicken? Love all your recipes that I have tried so far!

  77. [...] Sauce adapted from theclothesmakethegirl [...]

  78. [...] Chicken breast pieces with ‘peanut sauce’ dip [...]

  79. [...] I went on the hunter for a good recipe that I could adapt to use the kelp noodles.   And I found Sunshine Sauce.   It is, in my opinion, the perfect paleo “peanut” sauce, using another new thing for [...]

  80. [...] the best ever chicken with some roasted sweet potato, green beans and one of my new favorites: Sunshine sauce from Clothes Make the Girl. The chicken did take some planning ahead, and that is not my best feature to be honest, but I [...]

  81. [...] this month, (I skipped the sugar and honey). I’ve been turning half of it immediately into Sunshine Sauce, which is why my kids have been wolfing down two pounds of baby carrots a day. (No [...]

  82. Susannah says:

    I totally dig the leopard print. ;)

    • Mel says:

      FINALLY! Someone else who appreciates the leopard print! I think the Leopard Print Ban on cookbook photos is totally unfair. Right?!

  83. Mystilda75 says:

    I’ve been following Paleo for a week and a half now. I have the kindle version of your book..sunshine sauce…yum. I love goma ae..I can still have it…as for your other ideas etc in your book..I have an egg and lemon juice sitting in my blender! Thanks for your inspiration!

  84. [...] 6. Sunshine sauce. This was one of the first recipes I made after feeling sad about my lack of different textures on Thursday night and it was really good. I dipped cucumbers and celery in it, which I ate along with a hard-boiled egg for a snack on Friday afternoon. It’s spicy and nutty and really great. [...]

  85. Linda says:

    Is there a substitute that can be used for the sunbutter? I’m allergic to sunflower seeds.

  86. [...] on condiments so I had to make some more.  I made Paleo Tomato Sauce, Paleo BBQ Sauce, Paleo Mayo, Sunshine Sauce (from Well Fed) and Paleo Worcestershire [...]

  87. [...] I threw lettuce, tomato, onion, olives and chicken into a bowl and gave it a nice sized blob of sunshine sauce, it was a just [...]

  88. [...] with broccoli, red peppers, and sunshine sauce, plus [...]

  89. [...] by The Well Fed cookbook’s Sunshine Sauce, this sauce is one of my absolute faves. It is so versatile I use it in a stir-fry, on salads, and [...]

  90. [...] my pulled beef.  And then I saw RG this morning and she was telling me how great sweet potato and sunshine sauce were together so I had that mashed with my beef for lunch.  I love the sharing and ideas I get from [...]

  91. Jane says:

    Mel – I’m relatively new to the Paleo world. Fortunately, your web site is one that I happened on early. I tried the Sunshine Sauce last night and figured if I didn’t put the lid on, I’d eat it right out of the jar! I actually used it as a salad dressing AND a dipping sauce for our burgers. Now I can hardly wait for my copy of “Well Fed” to come so that I can start cooking out of that.

    Thanks!

  92. [...] up on everything she’s eating!) was making Melissa’s (of The Clothes Make the Girl) Sunshine Sauce, I went over to check out the [...]

  93. [...] out Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook, “Well Fed” and made some homemade mayo and some Sunshine Sauce.  There are two tangents I’m going to go on here, so hang [...]

  94. [...] my pantry. I paired it with the Sunshine Sauce from the Well Fed cookbook (recipe can also be found here) and D said this combination is another [...]

  95. Jennifer says:

    holy shit balls, this sauce is awesome! I made it with the pad thai and it is seriously one of my most favorite meals I have ever made. ever ever!!! thank you so much! I’m new to Paleo, and so far I can’t believe how delicious everything tastes. I’m the girl who used to eat bland boring flavorless FAT FREE food. No MORE!!! Your recipes are awesome, and I’m in LOVE with your cookbook. Picked it up at SW Austin Costco the other day and cannot put it down! Thank you!!!

    • Mel says:

      Right on! I’m so excited you got Well Fed at Costco — they just started selling it, and I’m SUPER excited that people will find it there. YAY!

      Congrats on making the switch… goodbye, plain grilled chicken and steamed broccoli… and good riddance!

      So glad you like the Sunshine Sauce and Pad Thai. You are awesome to take the time to let me know… really appreciate it. Happy cooking and eating to you!

  96. [...] Dinner: Chicken “Satay” (using Sunshine Sauce) [...]

  97. [...] so I used it again. If I was doing this on a whole 30 or being more careful about ingredients, Sunshine sauce would be [...]

  98. [...] 1 batch Sunshine sauce 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons coconut aminos 2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1/2 medium onion, [...]

  99. [...] stir-fried asparagus, onion, yellow squash, broccoli and some crab meat, then whipped up this sauce. I tripled the garlic and ten-millioned the hot pepper, resulting in a magical, tangy, flavorful, [...]

  100. [...] Beet stem “noodles” (Boodles?) and tilapia with this lick-the-blender-good pad thai sauce… [...]

  101. [...] contributed by making a double batch of Sunshine Sauce.  We used half for this recipe and now we have some extra in the [...]

  102. [...] “hot plate” made with ground beef, snap peas, onions, mushrooms, spaghetti squash and Sunshine Sauce.  This wasn’t a very photogenic meal but it tasted great.  I can’t believe I waited so long [...]

  103. Rita says:

    Any substitute for the rice vinegar? I have ingredients on hand except the vinegar. Wanted to make today but too lazy to run out for rice vinegar:)

    • Mel says:

      You can substitute any mild vinegar — cider would work — or just leave it out and add an additional squeeze of lime juice. You just want the acid to add zing to the sauce.

  104. [...] lunch with no real cooking time. Bonus points if you bring along something to drizzle on top like Sunshine Sauce, Tahini Dressing, or Moroccan Dipping Sauce. It’s not a 4-star Michelin experience, but we all [...]

  105. Jen says:

    I made Sunshine Sauce for the first time tonight. Since I didn’t have Sunbutter, I subbed in homemade (raw) cashew butter. OH MY VARIOUS GODS. Just mindblowingly wonderful. I can only imagine how gorgeous this is with Sunbutter.

    Incidentally, I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. I’m halfway through my first Whole30, and I think it’s safe to say that Well Fed is carrying me through it. Your recipes are epic. So are you.

    • Mel says:

      I bet it was awesome with cashew butter. Right on! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Congratulations on Whole30-ing! And thank you for the sweet compliment. I’m going to brag about being “epic” all day long!

  106. [...] I served my rolls with Umami Mayo but I think they’d be killer with Melissa Joulwan’s Sunshine Sauce or my Paleo Sweet and Sour Sauce on the side for dipping. Dipping [...]

  107. [...] what Sunshine sauce is? Only the best dipping sauce ever. It goes with everything: veggies, deli meat, grilled meat, [...]

  108. Sonya says:

    Amazeballs!! I finally made this and am kicking myself for waiting so long! I had to put it up before I ate the whole batch!

    Love your blog and Well Fed!! Thanks for all you do!

  109. [...] green wraps filled with ham, chicken, avocado, tomato, basil, cucumber and sunshine sauce.  Strawberries & Cream Banana Ice Cream and Magic Shell made with about 1/3 semi-sweet chips [...]

  110. Steph says:

    Oddly enough, I think I like the leopard print background on this one. Going to try this with almond butter – never cared for peanuts and find sunbutter to resemble that taste too closely.

  111. [...] the case, I ran out of time and didn’t get to cooking up any other parts in advance: mayo, sunshine sauce, mini frittatas. Just enough time for regular old dinner and [...]

  112. [...] recipe from the amazing cookbook Well Fed. You can also find the recipe on Melissa’s blog The Clothes Make the Girl. Didn’t change a single ingredient. Whipped it up in a mason jar with an immersion blender [...]

  113. Alyssa says:

    Will this recipe work in a blender? I don’t have a food processor (yet!) so wondering if I can ‘whip’ some up that way instead?
    Thanks!

  114. SugaarBaybee says:

    Hi!!!

    I just had to say that your recipes are giving me wings (aka life)!!!! I was getting so bored w/my regular/basic Paleo eats but your yummy recipes have added the “umph” and flavor back to my taste buds! I give you kudos beyond kudos!

    P.S. I never even had peanut sauce that many times (2 or 3) but your Sunshine Sauce is saucy gold!

    THANK YOU BUNCHES!!!! {{{huggles}}}

  115. SugarBaybee says:

    Hi!!!
    I just had to say that your recipes are giving me wings (aka life)!!!! I was getting so bored w/my regular/basic Paleo eats but your yummy recipes have added the “umph” and flavor back to my taste buds! I give you kudos beyond kudos!
    P.S. I never even had peanut sauce that many times (2 or 3) but your Sunshine Sauce is saucy gold!
    THANK YOU BUNCHES!!!! {{{huggles}}}

  116. Adriana says:

    Oh my God, this was so delicious I had to lick the food processor jar !! Cake batter effect !! Peanut dressing has nothing on it! Thank you sooo much for sharing !

  117. Judith says:

    Although I have made the Sunshine sauce with sunflower butter and like it, I tried it with almond butter and really like that too. I am more sensitive to “hot” spices, so don’t usually put in much if any red pepper flakes. I think the pepper flakes go really will with the sun butter version, and I like the almond version better without it. I love your book Well Fed and am so looking forward to your next one. Thanks to you I have tried many new spices and enjoyed them all. Oh, by the way LOVE your new hair!

    • Mel says:

      Glad you’re having fun playing around with the recipe — right on! It’s pretty good with cashew butter, too.

      Thanks for the sweet words about Well Fed — and for the enthusiasm for Well Fed 2. I’m excited for everyone to start making the new recipes!

  118. Carlynne McDonnell says:

    Pad Thai to die for! I made it with shrimp. Awesome. I was wondering can sunshine sauce be frozen?

    • Mel says:

      Hmmm… I’m not sure. My gut reaction is that it wouldn’t defrost well, but why don’t you make a 1/2 batch and try freezing it to see? Be sure to defrost it in the fridge.

  119. Carlynne McDonnell says:

    I think I will not be lazy and just make it fresh – its really easy and delicious. Your cook book is a real life saver. It turned my first Whole30 from hard hard to hard delicious. Thanks!

  120. […] chicken with The Clothes Make the Girl’s Sunshine Sauce and bok […]

  121. Ellen says:

    Wow! We made this sauce last night for the first time and served it with our paleo version of Pad Thai. My goodness!!!! It was so delicious, thank you for creating such wonderful recipes that everyone can enjoy. I cannot thank you enough!

  122. Teresa says:

    Is it wrong to just eat this with a spoon?

  123. Jane says:

    Not at all! I’ve been known to do it.

  124. […] I’ve been eating egg whites, veggies, curry chicken, nuts, a banana and orange. I also made Sunshine Sauce, which is amazing! I want you all to know that I was at a conference all day today (that I was not […]

  125. Lindsey says:

    Can you make a bunch of your seasoning sauces ahead of time and freeze portions?

    • Mel says:

      Sauces on their own don’t generally freeze well. They get ice crystals that make the sauce watery when they defrost. You’re much better off making them fresh. Sorry!

  126. […] perhaps Melissa Joulwan’s (of TheClothesMakeTheGirl.com) delicious-looking and popular “Sunshine Sauce,” which I also still haven’t […]

  127. Alice says:

    Firstly: Yum. This is amazing. And I second what another commenter said about licking the food processor. It’s that good.

    Secondly: Any recommendations on how to re-heat this deliciousness the next day? I really like its consistency when it’s all warm and drizzly from the food processor, but when I tried to nuke it (just a few seconds at a time, with lots of stirring) the next day, it got clumpy. I also tried adding more coconut milk, but that just diluted the flavor ratios…any suggestions?

  128. […] options, try these: • Slice it and include it in a crudité. Serve it with sunshine sauce. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/ This sauce also makes fabulous pad thai. I will cook some up soon and pass along the pictures. • […]

  129. jenni says:

    I am allergic to coconut. Is there an substitution to the coconut aminos and coconut milk?

    • Mel says:

      You can use fish sauce (make sure there are no junky ingredients) instead of coconut aminos, but you might want to cut it back to 1/2 tablespoon… or if you don’t care about being paleo, you can use gluten-free soy sauce, but fish sauce is a better healthy choice.

      For the coconut milk, replace it with water. Start with 2 tablespoons, then add more to get to the consistency you want. The sauce will be less creamy than the original, but it will still taste good.

  130. Danielle says:

    You my dear are a genius. I made a recipe of the comfort noodles, added some of the Sunshine Sauce, some chicken and sliced small onions. Absolutely unequivocally stupendous!!!

  131. Linda says:

    Mel. My birthday is April 30th. I thought you might be interested in that, because you and I are going to be together for a really, really long time :)

    Ps Can you make the comments section run with ‘most recent comment’ first? I burned off a whole calorie scrolling to the bottom of the screen! This counts as exercise right?

  132. […] bell pepper, grilled chicken thigh, and bacon. I sautéed all of that up and then mixed in a little Sunshine Sauce that I reserved from our Pad Thai last night. Sweet potato with butter on the […]

  133. Nicole says:

    Made this today to liven up my lunch and it is seriously yummy! I only had almond butter on hand and it was delicious. I’ll have to try it with sunflower seed butter as a comparison. Thanks for this simple yet delicious recipe.

  134. Lauren says:

    I love love love your recipes. I’m starting the Whole 30 today and I’ll be using many of your ideas. I am a little confused when your Sunshine Sauce calls for coconut milk, I know the canned one is the preference. But before I measure the 1/4 cup do I shake the can and blend it or remove the creamy top layer and measure that or the water below? Help please!

    • Mel says:

      Congratulations on Whole30-ing!

      For my recipes, unless I say otherwise, you want to shake the can to combine the cream and water so it’s MILK not cream.

      The only recipe that I call for the can to be separated is whipped coconut cream.

      Happy cooking!

  135. […] sunshine sauce […]

  136. […] sliced red cabbage and red bell pepper instead of the spaghetti squash and snap peas, and for my Sunshine Sauce, I left out the vinegar and doubled up on the coconut […]

  137. […] few tablespoons salad dressing, paleo pad thai sauce, or salsa. Whatever you […]

  138. […] are fantastic dipped in Sunshine Sauce from The Clothes Make The Girl, and are a great HEALTHY escape from the holiday indulgences that so […]

  139. […] Sunshine Sauce: Like Asian peanut sauce without the peanuts. […]

  140. […] 6. Sunshine sauce. This was one of the first recipes I made after feeling sad about my lack of different textures on Thursday night and it was really good. I dipped cucumbers and celery in it, which I ate along with a hard-boiled egg for a snack on Friday afternoon. It’s spicy and nutty and really great. […]

  141. Kim says:

    I was reading the earlier comments and they talked about chili paste but I don’t see it in the recipe. did it change? just wondering. CAN NOT wait to try this. I am BRAND new to this and a lil nervous but your website makes it seem doable.
    Thank you!!!

  142. Daniel says:

    any tricks for storing unused coconut milk? I ‘m having ok success by putting leftover C-milk in a freezer baggie and breaking off what i need as i go.. oh and the sunshine sauce is brilliant !!! TYVM

  143. Lesley says:

    I am on my first day of Whole30 and made the Sunshine sauce, which is yummy. I put it in the fridge and it has hardened? Is this normal? I followed the recipe, but did use almond butter. Thank you!

    • Mel says:

      I haven’t heard of this before, but it may be that the fat in the coconut milk solidified in the fridge. No biggie! Just bring it to room temp and whisk it — it should be fine.

  144. […] Dinner: Crock-pot chicken, cabbage, halo, Sunshine Sauce […]

  145. […] raw cabbage, pork chop, Sunshine Sauce, clementine, a bit of leftover […]

  146. Frances says:

    This recipe sounds awesome! I’m allergic to both soy and coconut (sigh). Do you know a substitute for the coconut aminos in this recipe? Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      The soy/coconut aminos adds that Asian flavor and underlying saltiness/umami. How about fish sauce? The Red Boat brand doesn’t include any sugar, so that’s the one I recommend. If you don’t want to do that, you might try mashing 1/2 an anchovy and adding that instead of the soy/coconut aminos.

  147. Anya says:

    Hi Mel,
    Quick question. I made Sunshine Sauce for the first time and was all ready to fall in love with it after reading all the fabulous reviews. I found it to have a bit of a strong vinegar taste to it. I didn’t add extra vinegar or anything, is this normal? I must admit I’m not a lover of vinegar at all. Any suggestions? Did I just mess up horribly?
    Thanks!!

    • Mel says:

      It doesn’t taste overly vinegary to me, but I really like vinegar. I recommend you throw it back in the food processor/blender and add more sunflower seed butter until it tastes good to you. You might need to add more garlic/red pepper flakes if it tastes too bland after adding more sunbutter.

      Next time, just skip the vinegar. Good luck!

      • Anya says:

        Thanks so much for the super fast reply! I’ll give it a try. Loving all your recipes! I’m one week into my Whole30 and your website has been an absolute life saver. It makes me think I can make it through 30 days no problem.

  148. […] with foil, place in 350-degree oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sunshine sauce, if desired. (I tried it with and without the sauce, and it was great either […]

  149. […] Bora bora fireballs with sunshine sauce and roasted cauliflower.  I couldn’t find sugar-free sunbutter and I’m out of homemade […]

  150. Deb says:

    when you say Coconut Milk, I am assuming you meat the kind for cooking? not the kind for drinking?

    making this tonight, can’t WAIT to try it!

  151. […] here is the recipe: Ingredients, serves 2 1 batch Sunshine Sauce  (follow the link for this) 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons coconut aminos 2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon […]

  152. […] First, the delicious sauce.  It also appears on Melissa’s blog, The Clothes Make the Girl. […]

  153. […] zoodles with sunshine sauce and sunflower seeds.  I nixed the garlic (fodmaps) and used tamari instead of coconut […]

  154. […] I’ve been eating egg whites, veggies, curry chicken, nuts, a banana and orange. I also made Sunshine Sauce, which is amazing! I want you all to know that I was at a conference all day today (that I was […]

  155. Claire says:

    Kia ora from New Zealand
    I made this sunshine sauce and sweet salty brocolli salad yesterday for a food group and they were ace!! everybody loved them, Im currently doing my first whole30 so it was so nice to be out socialising but still have delish food to munch on
    thanks heaps! :)

    • Mel says:

      Hello, New Zealand! I’m really glad the Sunshine Sauce and broccoli salad were a hit! Congratulations on Whole30-ing! Hope you’re feeling awesome. Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

      • Claire says:

        Tonight’s dinner was defiant Mel-afied… Your beetroot pastashio salad, sweet potato mash with coconut milk roast chicken (bones are no simmering in broth) and left over broccoli salad and sunshine sauce! Phew that’s a lot of big flavours it certainly wasn’t boring!

  156. […] Sunshine Sauce to add to almost anything! […]

  157. Darcy says:

    I have just discovered your wonderful site and have downloaded all the recipes, purchased all the food ready for a hot plate cooking extravaganza on the weekend. I have a question – can I substitute tahini for the sunbutter in the sunshine sauce recipe? Thanks again

    • Mel says:

      YAY for Hot Plates! Hope you have fun in the kitchen.

      I’ve never made this tahini sauce, so I don’t know how it will taste — but I do know it won’t taste like Asian peanut sauce. The tahini has a very different flavor than the sunflower seed butter.

      It will definitely *work* but I don’t know how it will taste. I’ve never tried lime juice with tahini, only lemon.

      I know that almond butter and cashew butter work very well in this recipe. If you want to make something with tahini, this might be better: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/18/open-sesame/

      Or you can experiment and let us know how it tastes!

  158. Margaret says:

    Downloaded your cookbook on my kindle, and made this last night. It is delicious! I am sitting here at work today just thinking about it when I get home tonight. That’s how I know something is good. Thanks!

  159. Dani says:

    Seriously — This sauce is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  160. […] 1 batch of well feds sunshine sauce […]

  161. Melissa says:

    This stuff is amaze-balls! Made my second batch in a week. I’ve used it to dip Bora-Bora Fireballs in, and then I used it as the sauce for a pad thai! Mmm mmm mmm. Thank you so much!

  162. Michelle says:

    You and nom nom paleo have basically gotten me through my whole30 and my introduction to paleo, but this sauce? Basically the best thing ever. I could eat the whole thing with a spoon.

  163. Kim says:

    So I’ve have your cookbooks(they are both awesome), and I made this sunshine sauce last night. It’s probably the best sauce I’ve had in a while. It’s recipes like this that will get me through my whole 60(I’m doubling up this round). Yum Yum Yum

  164. umekanzah says:

    This was yummm!

  165. […] If you want the original recipe for Sunshine Sauce it can be found HERE. […]

  166. Stephanie says:

    I made your pad Thai last week. It was the first time I made spaghetti squash! All four of kids ate it and I loved it , too. Your books are awesome. Trying to convert four kids to Paleo is easier with your help!!

  167. […] batch sunshine sauce from Well Fed (http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/) I have found that Sunflower Seed Butter is very similar in taste to Peanut Butter.  I’m a fan. […]

  168. kmwingler says:

    I’ve tried making this sauce twice. once in the food processor and once in the blender. it doesn’t blend smooth (looks like vomit). anyone have any advice?

    • Mel says:

      I haven’t heard from anyone else who has this problem so I’m not sure how to help you. A few questions/suggestions:
      1. Are you using homemade sunflower seed butter? If it’s not as smooth as the commercial kind, that might explain it.

      2. Are you scraping down the sides and re-running the processor/blender a few times? I don’t really understand how, eventually, it wouldn’t get smooth. Maybe you just need to run it all longer.

  169. tookytooky says:

    This sauce is amazing! Aside from what you mention in Well Fed, what else would you recommend to eat with the sauce?

  170. Nadder01 says:

    Hi, this sounds great, but is rice vinegar okay for the whole 30 since you are not supposed to have rice? Just want to make sure I am being compliant, thanks!

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