Three Summer Herb Sauce Recipes to Transform a Grilled Dinner

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Today is my first time participating in the #SundaySupper recipe group who post delicious recipes every Sunday for you to share around your family table. This week’s theme is The Farmer’s Market and/or Locally Made Food and I’m sharing three summer herb sauce recipes that you serve with a simple grilled meal of salmon, potatoes and corn for a fun and interactive feast.

Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

Easy herb sauce recipes are a great thing to have in your cooking repertoire. I especially like having sauce recipes that I know can take ordinary food and make it rave-worthy.

Whenever we’re having friends over this summer, I’ve mixed up some sauce recipes made with summer herbs from the Farmer’s Market. I’ve come up with a basic meal concept that everyone has a lot of fun with.

Christine Pittman chopping herbs to make the three summer herb sauce recipes.

Me in my messy kitchen making the sauce recipes to serve to friends for dinner.

How to make a grilled meal where the herb sauce recipes take the food from simple to wonderful:

– Make your standard Grilled Meat or Fish.

– Make your standard baked or grilled potatoes.

– Make your standard corn on the cob.

– Make three easy sauce recipes like the ones below.

– Serve everything at once. Tell your lucky friends that all the sauces work with all the food and they should mix and match to discover which pairings they like best.

It’s turns into a fun and interactive meal as everyone voices their opinion. My favorite such opinion so far was when our friend D said:

“My favorite is the parsley oil and the dill butter on the fish at the same time.” And then with her mouth full and a blob of sour cream on her lip she corrected herself, “Oh no, wait! It’s even better if you add the sour cream sauce too!”

 Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

Today I’m sharing the three easy herb sauce recipes that I serve with grilled salmon. The recipes are below. When I’m doing steaks instead, I substitute 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (chopped) for the dill in the butter recipe and 1-2 tablespoons hot prepared horseradish sauce for the capers in the sour cream sauce. The parsley sauce stays the same because it’s delicious on every food I’ve ever put it on.

Here’s my Instagram pic of our sauce-enhanced easy grilled dinner:

I’ve never had so much fun eating the most basic grilled dinner. A good herb sauce recipe (or 3 good sauce recipes!) really can transform your simple grilled dinner!


Three easy summer herb sauce recipes that will take a simple grilled meal and make it spectacular.

Here are my three summer herb sauce recipes:

3 Summer Herb Sauce Recipes

These sauces are all easy to make and they go well with freshly grilled meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables.


Parsley with Garlic Oil

This is such an easy sauce to make and yet it's fresh but garlicky flavor will wow your friends and family when the drizzle it over baked potatoes or hot corn on the cob.

  • 1 cup loosely packed Italian flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Dill with Lemon Butter

Another simple sauce that will delight everyone. This butter is equally lovely spread on hot corn on the cob as it is plopped onto a hot grilled salmon where it slowly melts into and around the fish creating a luscious sauce.

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh dill fronds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • zest from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper

Capers and Chive Cream

This Caper and Chive Cream is like a classic sour cream and chive topping for a baked potato but the addition of capers gives some extra salt and acidity and pairs really well with grilled salmon.

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp capers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice



Parsley with Garlic Oil

  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.

Dill with Lemon Butter

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and keep at room temperature until serving or up to 2 hours. If serving later, cover and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Take it out of the fridge 1 hour before serving so that it has time to come to room temperature.

Capers and Chive Cream

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Tell me, what are your favorite sauce recipes to make in the summer months?

Here are the fresh Farmer’s Market and Locally Made recipes from the other Sunday Supper participants for today:


Appetizers & Salads

Garlic Scape Dip from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n’ Brie from Gotta Get Baked
Kale & Pepita Pesto from girlichef
Garden Quinoa Salad from The Urban Mrs
Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad from Pescetarian Journal
Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle from The Weekend Gourmet

Soups & Sides

Watermelon Gazpacho from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Classic Gazpacho from Curious Cuisiniere
Pea Soup from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Pickled Garlic Scapes from kimchi MOM
Cheesy Zucchini Hodge Podge from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Succotash from Magnolia Days
3 Easy Japanese Spinach Recipes from
Michigan-Made Meal with Seasoned Potato Chips from Foxes Love Lemons


Summer Veggie Pizza from Country Girl In The Village
Tomato Pie from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry from What Smells So Good?
Margherita Pizza from Growing Up Gabel
Cheesy Zucchini Fritters from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Three Sauces with Summer Herbs to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner from Cook the Story
Vegetable Quesadillas from Cookin’ Mimi
Mushroom Scallion Risotto from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Lemony Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables from Neighborfood
Pasta alla Norma Nuda from Juanita’s Cocina
Arugula Pizza from Family Foodie


Peach Cobbler from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Cherry Bars from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Cherry Brandy Cobbler from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Peach Maple Ice Cream from Pies and Plots
Cherry Clafoutis from Food Lust People Love
Roasted Figs with Caramel, Honey Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Peach Ice Cream Paletas from Basic N Delicious
Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

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59 Responses to “Three Summer Herb Sauce Recipes to Transform a Grilled Dinner”

  1. Cindys Recipes and Writings — August 3, 2013 @ 10:48 am (#)

    Love swapping meals up with different sauces!

  2. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — July 31, 2013 @ 10:49 am (#)

    I really need to work on my sauces, and this looks like a great place to start! Thanks!

  3. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — July 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Amazing sauces and LOVE your kitchen.

  4. Family Foodie — July 30, 2013 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    We are so happy to have you join us for Sunday Supper! Your sauces look delicious, and that dill butter would be amazing on a piece of fish! This would be so fun for a dinner party or even just with my kids.

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:20 am (#)

      Thanks Isabel. It was so much fun participating in my first Sunday Supper. I’m doing another post with y’all next week and can’t wait. Tested out a nice spiced up dish this weekend just for the group, in fact.

  5. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) — July 29, 2013 @ 10:48 pm (#)

    Welcome to Sunday Supper Christine!

    Love this trifecta of sauces especially the caper and chives sauce!

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Thanks Amy! It was so much fun participating. And so great meeting you at the conference. I adore your blog!!

  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 29, 2013 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    Christine, welcome to Sunday Supper! You’re going to love it here – everyone is super friendly, supportive and talented. And the themes get my creative juices flowing all the time. Your three sauces look so tasty. I’m a huge fan of sauces and the magical way they transform any dish. I love the reaction of your friend, good call of her to use all three!

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Nancy, Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I really enjoyed my first week and can’t wait to dive in again.

  7. Stacy — July 29, 2013 @ 12:51 am (#)

    Welcome to Sunday Supper, Christine! Your sauces are beautifully fresh and would definitely kick any grilled item up several notches into fabulous. I want to be your friend, stuffing my face at your generous table and mixing all these sauces together in one delicious mouthful.

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:24 am (#)

      Thanks Stacy! I really enjoyed my first Sunday Supper. Can’t wait to join in on another one.

  8. The Wimpy Vegetarian — July 28, 2013 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    Great idea! I like to keep a few sauces around too, for exactly the same reason. It makes a meal so special. Love all yours and plan to try them. I always keep a chimichurri around – great for my husband’s steak, and great tossed with my legumes or farro.

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:24 am (#)

      Yes, sauces can really add that special touch to any meal. I also love chimichurri. Do you make your own? I don’t think I ever have and would love a great recipe, if you have one.

  9. Heather @girlichef — July 28, 2013 @ 7:51 pm (#)

    Yes, this is such a fun idea! And I so love how all of them can be interchanged and mingled. I’m giving this a go next time I fire up the grill :)

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:25 am (#)

      Heahter, SO happy you like the idea. It was great meeting you at Food and Wine. Looking forward to participating in more Sunday Supper events with you.

  10. Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes — July 28, 2013 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    Hi Christine,

    It was great to meet you at the Food and Wine Conference. Welcome to Sunday Supper. I love what you do with food here on your blog. The caper sauce looks like it would be a favorite of mine. I can’t wait to try it.


    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 6:46 pm (#)

      It was great meeting you as well! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment to my recipes. Your words mean the world to me, truly.

  11. The Ninja Baker — July 28, 2013 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    Salmon and all three of your sauces make a happy marriage of flavors! Such a great idea to present guests/family with options.

    So glad to have met you last weekend at the conference and happy to see you at the SundaySupper =)

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 6:46 pm (#)

      It was so great to meet you too! Always a treat to meet someone you know online in person. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  12. Renee — July 28, 2013 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    So glad you joined us for Sunday Supper and I look forward to seeing you in the lineup often!
    You are after my sauce loving heart and tummy with these recipes. Sometimes I think I’d rather have the sauce than what’s under it.

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 6:47 pm (#)

      Renee, So true! Gotta say that one of my favorite things about being the cook is that I’m taste-testing as I go. That means spoon in hand and let me at those sauces!

  13. Joanne — July 28, 2013 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    These sound so tasty! I love how they have so many uses…pasta sauces, grain salad sauces, roasted veggie sauces.

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 3:21 pm (#)

      Thanks Joanne. You’re right, they are very versatile and mix and match well together with all kinds of things.

  14. Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) — July 28, 2013 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    That butter is CALLING me!! I bet it would make awesome fish

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 6:48 pm (#)

      The dill butter really is amazing on fish. And on corn on the cob too. Very versatile.

  15. Susi — July 28, 2013 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    These all sound delicious. I like having an assortment of sauces to try with different types of food. Yum!!!

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 6:49 pm (#)

      Thanks Susi! It is totally the mix and match aspect of this dinner that I adore. Getting to have each mouthful being slightly different than the last. Yum!

  16. Debra Elliott — July 28, 2013 @ 1:03 pm (#)

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try…

  17. Liz — July 28, 2013 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    These all look terrific! And what a fun idea to have a variety of sauces at a dinner party! You’ve outdone yourself, Christine!

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 3:22 pm (#)

      Thanks Liz! The idea has turned into several fun dinner parties this summer, and more to come!

  18. Courtney @ Neighborfood — July 28, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Ahhh what a great dinner party idea! I love stuff like this that gets people talking and experimenting. So glad you joined the #SundaySupper team!

    • Christine Pittman — July 28, 2013 @ 3:22 pm (#)

      Thanks for the warm welcome, Courney. I’m so excited about participating in #SundaySupper!

  19. Jen @JuanitasCocina — July 28, 2013 @ 10:55 am (#)

    Okay…the caper and chive cream??? Just give me a spoon!!!

  20. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 28, 2013 @ 9:45 am (#)

    Love all of the herb sauces! Not only would they be good with grilled dinners, it would be great to dip chips and veggies in! Yum!

  21. Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite — July 28, 2013 @ 8:27 am (#)

    It is about time you joined us. ;) I love these sauces, especially the parsley and garlic oil

  22. T.R. — July 28, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#)

    I want that parsley and garlic oil so bad! I love your photography, everything looks amazing!


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