Salsa Verde

August 25, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Makes 3/4 cup
Author Notes

On a recent day when an acquaintance asked me what he should serve with grilled black bass, I instinctively said salsa verde. You can’t go wrong with salsa verde. There is no other sauce that extracts summer resources so vividly, or that pairs so well with other summer foods like grilled fish, chicken or steak. Salsa verde doesn’t have the heft of pesto, thanks to the acidity of vinegar and lemon, but it has plenty of kick from anchovy, garlic and red pepper flakes. You could add some basil or mint, but why should you? —Amanda Hesser

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup packed parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped capers
  • 1 anchovy filet, chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  1. In a small bowl, stir together everything except the lemon juice, then add the lemon juice to taste.

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Recipe by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.

6 Reviews

Pickle August 19, 2019
This was delicious! Really good. I made a salsa verde last week and enjoyed the taste. I couldn't find the recipe so I tried this one - over the top! I can't wait to make it again. I added about a tsp. of lemon juice, just as an fyi. I served it over swordfish. But loved it so much that I slathered it all over the steamed veggies that I had cooked alongside.
jeankyung April 12, 2015
I just dropped in to thank you for this recipe, I've lost track of the number of times I've made it as it's now a staple in my refrigerator. It goes so well with everything - roasted or grilled beef, chicken, lamb, eggs, or just roasted vegetables or plain boiled potatoes. I love this sauce!
Amanda H. April 12, 2015
I'm so pleased to hear this! I'm a bit of a green sauce addict in the warm months and put it on everything as well.
Sam579 September 20, 2013
Making this for the second time - I may amp up the red pepper flakes this time - really terrific with fish!
Amanda H. September 21, 2013
Glad you like it!
Lizthechef August 25, 2010
Lovely and best of all, no cilantro! These flavors sound terrific-