Homemade Healthy Tartar Sauce Recipe- Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

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Some like their fish sticks with ketchup; I like my fish sticks with tartar sauce, because it tastes even better, in my opinion. Tartar sauce can be bought in the store, it can be made "from scratch" by mixing sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise, or it can be made entirely from scratch, as I did in this recipe.
You can use tartar sauce as a dressing for fish, like beer battered fish, on top of pasta, as a dip for vegetables, etc...
Either way, worth a try. And this tartar sauce not only is chemical free, it's also sugar free, vegan, soy free, gluten free, etc... And containing some terrific probiotics- what more can you ask for in a yummy condiment?

Keep in mind that the ingredients listed are approximations, and you should add everything to taste, because some mayonnaises have ingredients that others don't, some are more sour, some saltier, some more vinegary, etc... so they may not need the extra flavorings if the mayonnaise is strongly flavored enough.

Homemade Healthy Tartar Sauce Recipe- Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

2 pickles, ideally homemade lacto-fermented pickles, but you can also use store bought pickles
1/8 cup sucanat, sugar, or honey to taste
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
3/4 cup mayonnaise (I use my homemade flax seed based vegan mayo but you can use regular homemade mayo or store bought)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1. Blend the pickles in a food processor or blender.

2. Mix with sucanat, sugar, or honey, and vinegar.

3. Add the mayonnaise.

4. Taste, and, if necessary, add salt and garlic. If not sweet enough, consider adding a bit more sweetener.

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Are you a fan of tartar sauce? If so, do you buy it or make it? If you make it, how do you make it?
What is your favorite way to use tartar sauce?

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  1. And I try yet another recipe of yours...all have been excellent. Thanks, Penny!

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