7 Mediterranean sauces that redefine condiments

Leave the ketchup in the fridge this time. These sauces will surely spruce up your meal.
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The perfect summer meal is always a pleasure when it’s capped off by a few of your favorite condiments. And while there’s surely a place for ketchup, mustard and mayo, for true Mediterranean food lovers, these seven sauces should take over your condiment table.

Tzatziki sauce

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The Greeks gifted the world with many delicious dishes, and tzatziki is one. The mildly tart yogurt-based sauce, seasoned with fresh herbs and a little garlic, is eaten all over the Mediterranean, but it’s easy to make at home wherever you live.

Here’s our Israeli Kitchen recipe for tzatziki sauce.

Aioli sauce

Garlic lovers, take note. (Photo from https://pixabay.com/photos/search/aioli/)

You’ve undoubtedly seen this sauce listed on a restaurant menu at one point or another. The name “aioli” is a compound of garlic and oil, and it is essentially a garlicky mayonnaise. So here’s our advice: next time you’re thinking about putting mayo on a sandwich, or mixing mayo into a parmesan mixture to coat salmon or chicken, try aioli instead.

Here’s our Israeli Kitchen recipe for aioli sauce.

Yogurt tahini sauce

Yogurt tahini sauce with roasted eggplants and bell peppers (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Tahini is a pantry staple in every Israeli kitchen, prized not only for that delicately roasted sesame flavor, but also for its versatility. Tahini is most often served savory, as part of a hummus plate, for example, or squeezed over hot falafel in a pita. Here, it’s used as a lovely accompaniment to roasted eggplant and bell peppers.

Here’s our recipe for yogurt tahini sauce.

Amba sauce

Amba sauce is typically used as a topping for Mediterranean dishes like falafel, sabich and shawarma. (Photo by https://pixabay.com/photos/search/mangoes/)

You might have seen amba sauce called by another name: mango chutney. The amba version actually originated in India, but it’s become quite popular as a topping for Mediterranean dishes like falafel, sabich and shawarma. Basically, anything you can stuff into a pita is always made better with a few teaspoons of amba.

Here’s our recipe for amba sauce.


If you like hot sauce, this is the one for you. (Photo from https://www.ubereats.com/pt/lisbon/food-delivery/tantura/V9uu9MjtTeS6iZxnANH7bA)

When Israeli Kitchen blogger Miriam Kresh makes her weekly trek to the local open-air market in her neighborhood in Israel, she tends to gravitate toward a table that primarily sells schug. This stuff packs plenty of heat, and the customers love it. It comes in red or green versions, and Kresh provides a recipe for both. View our recipe here.

Silan (date syrup)

The silan dipping sauce for the skewers is uniquely sweet and perfectly paired with spicy chicken skewers. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Silan sauce is one of several delicious ways to incorporate nutrient-rich dates into your diet. This sauce requires very little effort to make, because most of it is already made and easy to find at your grocery store. Simply add a teaspoon or two of grilling spice to serve with chicken skewers, fish tacos or a variety of other dishes.

Here’s our Israeli Kitchen recipe for spicy chicken skewers that includes a simple silan recipe.


Matbucha is a tomato-based Mediterranean spread with herbs and spices. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Imagine all the most wonderful flavors and spices of the Mediterranean roasted and blended – and you have matbucha. Serve over chicken cutlets, rice, quinoa, fish, in a pita, with crusty bread, crackers – there’s not much this spicy, savory sauce won’t enhance.

Here’s our recipe for matbucha.

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