Savor the Flavor With Sauces for Cancer Survivors

HealSpring 2024
Volume 11
Issue 01

Try out these easy sauce recipes to add to a fresh salad or your favorite pasta dish, providing cancer survivors with a fun yet nutritious treat!

Want to effortlessly enhance your meals this spring? Try these quick and easy sauce recipes to add a perfectly sweet and salty touch to every meal, while offering a nutritious blend of ingredients — perfect for cancer survivors!

Recipes provided by Rachel J. Wong, RD, LD, CSO, an outpatient oncology dietician at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

New harvest of healthy fruits and vegetables, tropical organic ripe red mango and has avocado ready to eat | Image credit: © - barmalini © - 

This mango avocado dressing is so easy to make and will have you craving for more!


Serves approximately 9

Serving size: 2 tablespoons


1/2 cup mango, diced

1/4 avocado

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Pinch of salt



Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, adding water until the dressing is the desired thickness. Use as a dressing for salad.

caramelized onion jam | Image credit: © - rome2015 © - 

This savory caramelized onion sauce is super versatile, so try it with a piece of toast or your favorite pasta dish!


Serves approximately 10

Serving size: 2 tablespoons


3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

2 onions (red or white), sliced

1/3 cup white wine

Water or chicken broth to deglaze

Salt and pepper


  1. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions. Stir frequently until the onions slowly begin to brown. Caramelization is complete when the onions turn a dark brown; it may take up to 30 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and water or chicken broth. Add small amounts of liquid to deglaze (approximately 1/4 cup or less at a time).
  2. Place caramelized onions in a food processor or blender along with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Blend ingredients and use as a sauce for many dishes — salads, pasta, toast spreads, etc.
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