Raw marinara sauce made with raw tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs is quick and easy to make, and perfect on salads, zucchini noodles or pasta!
This raw marinara sauce has been a great recipe to come back to again and again! I’ve been making this raw tomato sauce for years and think you’ll love it as much as I do.
It’s raw, oil-free, super simple to make and tastes fresh and delicious. This is easily customizable so you can come up with different variations using herbs and spices to suit your taste.
I think you’ll find this raw tomato sauce with a mix of tomatoes to be flavorful, healthy and so easy to put together. And it’s great with raw zucchini pasta!
In this recipe, a mix of tomatoes are blended with garlic, onion and herbs for a thick and flavorful tomato sauce.
Here is everything you will need:
- Tomatoes – the best tomatoes to use are roma, cherry, or on the vine, but you can use your favorite
- Sun-dried tomatoes – not packed in oil
- Garlic – use fresh or garlic powder
- Shallot –
- Herbs – change it up using cilantro, parsley or basil
- Salt + pepper
How To Make Raw Marinara Sauce
(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)
- Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in cool water for at least 20 minutes, up to 2 hours.
- Add the tomatoes, soaked sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, onion, fresh herbs, salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend until desired consistency, leaving it a little chunky or pureeing until smooth.
And that’s it! Now your marinara sauce is ready to use.
How To Store
- Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
- Freezer: Raw marinara sauce is freezer friendly and freezes well for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, store in freezer safe containers (affiliate link), leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. Let thaw before using.
This homemade raw tomato sauce is versatile and can be used for all types of pastas, as a dressing or dip.
- Serve this sauce with fresh zucchini noodles or cooked pasta.
- Use it in Raw Pasta Primavera + Meatballs.
- Use in this Raw Spaghetti + Vegetable Pasta.
- It’s great on this Farmers Market Salad, just thin it out a little and use in place of the Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette.
If you try this raw tomato sauce recipe, please let me know! I’d love to hear any tips or changes you made to the recipe in the comments below!Print
Fresh and super simple to make, this raw marinara sauce tastes delicious on salads or zucchini noodles. It’s even great on cooked pasta!
- Prep Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 25 min
- Yield: Serves 4
- Category: Sauce, Condiment
- Method: food processor
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 lb. tomatoes (roma, grape or cherry, on the vine, etc), chopped
- 1 cup (3oz.) sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)
- 1 clove garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 2 tablespoons shallots
- 1/2 cup herbs (cilantro, parsley or basil), medium packed
- salt + pepper, to taste
Soak sun-dried tomatoes: Start with softening the sun-dried tomatoes. Do this by placing them in a small bowl of warm, not boiling, water, and let soak for about 20 minutes. Drain water.
Make the sauce: Once tomatoes are ready, place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, and blend until mixture is fairly smooth. You can also leave it a little chunky if you like. Taste for flavor adding more of anything you like.
Store: Leftovers sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.
Makes 2 cups.
This can be served with zucchini ‘noodles’, regular pasta, or whatever you come up with. Here’s a few serving suggestions to get you started: this Raw Pasta Primavera and this ‘Raw’sta Vegetable Pasta.
Feel free to substitute any herbs and spices in the sauce, make it your own. You can use parsley, thyme, basil, or red pepper flakes to spice it up. Have fun creating and enjoy often!
Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.
Updated: Marina’raw’ Sauce originally published July 2012 and has been updated June 2020 with new photos and helpful tips.