Salsa Verde - a verde verde good sauce

Couldn't resist the bad joke - apologies!


My family and I LOVE salsa verde - its piquant flavour helps to lessen the richness of meat (although I also love it with fish), the green looks so good on a plate and also adds some extra vitamins and minerals.

I like to make salsa verde a couple of different ways.


The Nutty Version:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint (approx 30g)

  • 2 bunches fresh flatleaf parsley (approx 60g)

  • 30g anchovies

  • 2 tbsp capers

  • 2 tbsp pine nuts

  • 1 lemon - zest and juice

  • 1 garlic clove

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • salt

Using a small food processor, whizz together all the ingredients barring the extra virgin olive oil and salt. Scrape into a bowl and add olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency (I can use up to 8 tablespoons) and add a pinch of salt.


The nutritional benefits of this salsa verde include:

  • Antioxidants - from the raw herbs, capers, lemon, garlic and extra virgin olive oil

  • Omega 3 - from the anchovies

  • Vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, vitamin K, zinc, copper and phosphorus - from the pine nuts


The super-herby version

  • 1 bunch fresh basil (approx 30g)

  • 1 bunch fresh mint (approx 30 g)

  • 2 bunches fresh flatleaf parsley (approx 60g)

  • 30g anchovies

  • 30g capers

  • 40g cournichons/small crunchy sour gherkins

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • extra virgin olive oil

Using a small food processor, whizz together all the ingredients barring the extra virgin olive oil. I don't use salt in this recipe as the cournichons add that extra saltiness. Scrape into a bowl and add olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency (I can use up to 8 tablespoons).


The nutritional benefits of this salsa verde include:

  • Antioxidants - from the raw herbs, capers, red wine vinegar, mustard, garlic and extra virgin olive oil

  • Omega 3 - from the anchovies

  • Aids digestion - pickles (if they are fermented, then they also add beneficial good bacteria)


Enjoy!!!

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