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Salsa Lizano, known in English as "Lizano Sauce" (Salsa means "sauce" in Spanish), is a Costa Rican condiment developed in 1920 by the Lizano Company. It is now a product of Knorr. It is a thin, smooth, light brown sauce (akin to such condiments as HP Sauce). It is meant to be used while cooking or — popularly — at tableside to flavor one's food when serving. It is slightly sweet with a hint of spiciness lent by black pepper and cumin.

The ingredients include water, sugar, salt, vegetables (onions, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers), spices, pepper, mustard, and turmeric.

Many Costa Rican dishes are prepared with Salsa Lizano, and it is ubiquitous on restaurant tables in its country of origin. It is commonly used with gallo pinto and tamales, and is also considered particularly complementary with eggs, rice, beans, cheese, curries, and as a marinade for meat.

Salsa Lizano is increasingly available commercially throughout the North American Continent, including the United States through online retailers such as CostaRicaProducts.com.

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