While some claim that the dish itself is the most important part of a meal, I would have to respectfully disagree. For me, the condiments used in the dish have always been the star of the show. From the dressing tossed on top of a salad, to the sauce used between the buns of a burger, it is those condiments that truly give your dish something special and particularly flavorful. And this is no different with vegan food!

Check out these toppings that every vegan should know, and utilize, when planning and preparing their next meal!

Sriracha

After having countless people tell me that I needed to try it, I finally gave Sriracha sauce a chance this year, and boy am I glad I did! Made with chili, this hot sauce gives a nice spicy zest to dishes ranging from veggie burgers, to sandwiches, to steamed or roasted vegetables.

Hampton Creek Just Mayo Awesomesauce

Out of all of the vegan mayonnaise sauces that I’ve tried, this one is by far my favorite. With a delightful dill taste to it, this spread has tasted great on everything that I’ve paired it with. Make your own chickpea “tuna” using this sauce, put some on top of a Beyond Burger, or simply put a dab on your plate and dip some crisp french fries in it. You cannot go wrong with Awesomesauce!

The Beyond Burger topped with both Awesomesauce and Sriracha.

The Beyond Burger topped with both Awesomesauce and Sriracha.

Frank’s RedHot

A staple in many vegan pantries, Frank’s RedHot is a must have. This piquant cayenne pepper sauce is perfect to pair with vegetables, put in a sandwich, or mix together with other spices and sauces to create your own spicy condiment. You must try making buffalo cauliflower with Frank’s, you won’t be disappointed!

Hampton Creek Just Caesar

If you’re looking for a creamy, pungent vegan version of a Caesar dressing, that also happens to be store-bought, then this is the Caesar for you. Conveniently packaged in a squeeze-out bottle, making it easier to portion out, this dressing is superb on salads, wraps, sandwiches and as a dip for fresh veggies!

Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Last, but certainly not least when it comes to importance, the original flavor of Earth Balance’s Buttery Spread is an essential for any vegan refrigerator. This mostly vegetable oil based product tastes great spread out on a bagel, melted on a baked potato, and works perfectly as a butter substitute in baking and cooking recipes.