Ketchup, Hummus And More: 5 Healthy Condiment Recipes To Try

Condiments like mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, garlic dip, hummus and more are a part of our everyday life, but did you know that packaged and chemical-loaded condiments can have several drawbacks and health concerns? Many packaged condiments are loaded with added sugars, associated with health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Moreover, many condiments available in the market contain artificial additives, including preservatives, colourings, and flavor enhancers. 

Many condiments, especially ketchup and some types of mayonnaise, can be very high in sodium which is linked to high blood pressure and can increase the risk of heart disease. It is also believed that some market-based condiments also contain unhealthy trans fats or excessive amounts of saturated fats, which are associated with cardiovascular problems. Worst part? Most of these condiments lack significant nutritional value. Making your own condiments at home using fresh ingredients to have more control over the quality and nutrition of the condiments you use. 

So, here are 5 recipes to make your favourite condiments at home.

Tomato Ketchup

To make homemade and healthy ketchup, all you need is a tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, honey or maple syrup, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and a pinch of cinnamon. Just mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, simmer until the mixture thickens, and let it cool. Adjust the sweetness and acidity to your liking.

Garlic Herb Greek Yogurt Dip

Be it any part or get together, this dip is the companion of your perfect party starter. Why don’t you make it at home? Just mix Greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh herbs like chives, parsley along with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and let the dip chill for an hour.

Hummus

This classic condiment is known for its bold flavours. To make it at home, grab some chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, cumin, and salt and blend them together until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding water as needed and enjoy.

Pesto Sauce

From pasta to chicken sandwiches, pesto sauce can be enjoyed in several ways. Take some fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and blend them. Adjust with more olive oil or water if needed and have your homemade pesto sauce ready.

Salsa Fresca

All you need is some tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Dice all the fresh ingredients finely, mix them together, and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator for a few hours. Amazing, isn’t it?