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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