Salsa Verde

This is a great sauce to be able to knock out – it goes with so many different types of food – fish, lamb, chicken.. or maybe just bread dipped into it.

Make it to your liking – if you like it strong on capers (like I do) add more capers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Fresh herbs – choose from Basil, Mint, Parsley, Tarragon – or all of them.
  • The best extra virgin olive oil you can get
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Mustard – many recipes call for Dijon but I’m an English Mustard addict so I use that instead
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper.

Finely chop the garlic. Chop the herbs, capers (of they are the large variety) and anchovies. Mix together in a bowl with the mustard. Add a good few tablespoons of the olive oil, squeeze in the lemon and season to taste.

The important bit – taste it and fine tune. Add more of whatever you think it’s lacking in.

Once you’ve made it a few times you’ll have it perfected to your liking.

It’s also worth trying other ingredients. I recently bought a pot of some amazing sweet pickled cucumber – a few spoonfuls of that chopped into my salsa verde – beautiful.

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By John Loydall


  • Siobhan says:

    This dish is incredible; I love it with bread dipped in or mackerel which is how we ate it last week – so full of flavour and the more garlic in it the better for my taste.

  • Samantha says:

    That definitely looks green! And it looks like a delicious sauce – Just curious, how long can you keep this sauce for? Perhaps the oil has a preserving effect..
    Oh, and bread was mentioned! 🙂 ~~ Someday I’ll be able to enjoy this with homemade bread. Someday.

    • John L says:

      I wouldn’t have a problem keeping it for a week or so – the lemon, pickled ingredients and olive oil are going help. But – once you’ve made it, it wont last long.

      I’ll be posting some bread recipes soon when I get a chance so keep an eye on the site.

      Quick question – did you find the anti-spam field I’ve added ok to use? I was getting hit by loads of spam – it was getting difficult to keep on top of.

      I’m not getting any spam now that I’ve added that maths question field – just wanted to make sure it worked ok for you?

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