How to make sauces and dressings from dried tomatoes with your own hands

sun-dried tomato sauce

The classic sun-dried tomato sauce can be made yourself at home, and we have put together a small selection of the most successful and simple recipes.

Pesto from sun-dried tomatoes

Fresh or canned pesto sauce with sun-dried tomatoes can be added to almost all meat dishes, and can also be used as a spread on toasted bread. The classic sauce recipe is as follows.


  • Oil-dried tomatoes – 1 ½ cups;
  • Garlic – 2 medium cloves;
  • Basil – 1 fresh bunch;
  • Hard cheese – 100 g;
  • Black pepper, salt, olive oil – to taste.

How to cook:

  1. Grind the ingredients in a blender: sun-dried tomatoes without separating from the oil, basil, garlic, previously passed through a press, salt and pepper. Grind until you obtain the required consistency at your own discretion;
  2. Grate the hard cheese, add to the mixture and blend again. To obtain a more liquid composition, add oil;
  3. Transfer the sauce into a glass jar with a tight lid and store in the refrigerator. You can use the prepared sauce immediately, but it is recommended to preheat it before serving with pasta.

Sauce with mayonnaise

sun-dried tomato sauce with mayonnaise

An original and unusual-tasting sauce, the consistency reminiscent of the usual mayonnaise. You can serve it with meat, fish or season vegetable salads, and making the sauce yourself is quite simple.


  • Table egg – 2 large pieces;
  • Sunflower oil – 300 ml.
  • Paste mustard – 1 tsp;
  • Vinegar 9% – ½ tsp;
  • Parmesan cheese or other hard cheese – 50 g;
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – 50 g;
  • Canned olives – 7-10 pcs.;
  • Salt, pepper, basil – to taste.
  • Salt – to taste.

Step by step recipe:

  1. First you need to prepare homemade mayonnaise. To do this, mix eggs, mustard, spices and vinegar in a blender. It is necessary to mix the products until a thick foam forms, and then pour in the oil in a thin stream;
  2. Grate the cheese on a fine grater, add to the sauce, mix thoroughly;
  3. Chop the basil, add to the mayonnaise, stir;
  4. Chop the olives and tomatoes, add to the sauce, mix everything again.

For a more dietary option, you can prepare PP mayonnaise and even lean.

For salad

jerky sauce for salad

In this format, the sauce is most often used as a flavorful salad dressing. It is easy to prepare at home, and the taste is always rich, juicy and pleasant.


  • Large sun-dried tomatoes – 2 halves;
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1 ½ tbsp. l.;
  • Red wine vinegar – 1 ½ tbsp. l.;
  • Garlic – ½ clove;
  • Sol – ½ tsp;
  • Olive oil – 1/3 cup;
  • Fresh or dried basil – 1 tbsp. l.

How to cook:

  1. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a container with boiling water and leave for about 3 minutes. After this, pour out the mixture and chop the tomatoes as desired;
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Basil can not be mixed initially with other products, but added later;
  3. Pour the sauce into a container and close with a tight lid.

For a variety of tastes, you can add different ingredients to the composition at your own request, for example, crushed cashew nuts.

Italian dressing

A classic Italian sun-dried tomato sauce that’s great as an extra sauce for many types of pasta and pasta.


  • Dried tomatoes – 6 pcs.;
  • Olive oil – 125 ml;
  • Balsamic vinegar – 2 tbsp. l.;
  • Garlic – 2-3 cloves;
  • Basil, thyme or other favorite herb – 1 tbsp. l.;
  • Fine salt – to taste;
  • Shallot – 2 heads;
  • Pitted olives – 6-7 pieces.

How to cook:

  1. Peel the onion and chop into four equal parts. Cut the garlic in half, chop the tomatoes larger;
  2. Puree the onion and garlic in a blender;
  3. Add tomatoes, olives, vinegar and herbs to the blender, salt and pepper;
  4. Pour the mixture with vegetable oil, continuously grinding with a blender;
  5. Adjust taste with salt and pepper as desired.

Yogurt-mustard dressing

Greek yogurt

The word dressing, new in our language, is already quite actively used in cooking, denoting in fact a simple sauce. And this is one of the options yoghurt-based sauce.


  • Sun-dried tomatoes – 100 g;
  • Greek yogurt – 250 ml;
  • Mustard in paste – 1 hour. l.;
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tbsp. l.;
  • Dried greens (dill, parsley) – 1 h. l.

How to do:

  1. Place all the listed ingredients in a blender or other grinding equipment for the kitchen, puree until smooth;
  2. Transfer to a glass container with a lid and refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse thoroughly.

We offer a variant of salad dressing with sun-dried tomatoes, which goes perfectly with hearty salads of poultry, meat, fish and vegetables. 

Training in Japanese

In Japan, salad sauce made from sun-dried tomatoes is called “wafu”, and now this Asian product is quite popular here too.


  • Sun-dried tomatoes – 6 pcs.;
  • Rice vinegar – 6 tbsp. l.;
  • Soy sauce – 6 tbsp. l.;
  • Sesame oil – 6 tbsp. l.;
  • Red onion – 1 small head;
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp. L.;
  • Sesame – 1 tbsp. l.

Cooking steps:

  1. Chop the onion as finely as possible, you can grate it, strain the mixture through a fine sieve, obtaining 2 tablespoons of liquid;
  2. Beat the remaining ingredients with the resulting liquid with a blender until a single mixture is obtained;
  3. Transfer the dressing into a bottle or sauce boat and serve. It is not recommended to store the sauce for more than 13-14 hours in the refrigerator, since in the future the taste of the dressing will be significantly distorted.

You can prepare Japanese dressing in a matter of minutes, and the end result is always a tasty, rich and aromatic sauce.

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