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Traditional Recipe: Salsa Verde (Fresh Parsley Sauce)

Salsa Verde is a great condiment which enriches dishes with a fresh and distinctive garlic-parsley flavour. It is excellent served with boiled meat, steamed fish or vegetables dishes. Salsa Verde is prepared with a few ingredients and is very fast and simple to make.

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This sauce is widely used and appreciated in Italy, in fact, there are several versions of it. As usually happens with most traditional Italian dishes, the ingredients and flavours vary depending on the region or town in which they have been prepared.
It is a very tasty sauce, however, to further enrich the flavour of this wonderful sauce you can also add pine nuts, capers and olives.

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Salsa Verde.

Preparation: 5 minutes (+ the time to boil the eggs)

Difficulty: very easy

1 big bunch of parsley.

1 clove of garlic

1 anchovy (preserved in oil)

A little bit of soft bread (with no crust), soaked in white wine vinegar

2 hard-boiled egg yolks

100 ml of extra virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of very cold water

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Method

1. Mix the parsley leaves, the garlic, the egg yolks and the anchovy in a food processor, with 2 tablespoons of cold water but without the extra virgin olive oil.

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2. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Add the extra virgin olive oil, season with a little salt and pepper and mix well.

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3. Serve in a small bowl with fish, vegetables or meat dishes (boiled or steamed).

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Salsa verde.

Tempo di preparazione: 5 minuti (+ il tempo di bollire le uova)

Facilissima

1 mazzetto di prezzemolo.

1 spicchio d’aglio (senza l’anima)

1 acciuga sott’olio

la mollica di un panino medio-piccolo, inzuppata nell’aceto bianco

2 tuorli d’uova sode

100 ml d’olio extra vergine d’oliva

sale e pepe macinato fresco q. b.

2 cucchiai d’acqua molto fredda

Metodo.

1. Tritate (utilizzando un tritatutto) le foglie di prezzemolo, i tuorli d’uova, l’acciuga e l’aglio con due cucchiai d’acqua fredda, senza aggiungere l’olio.

2. Versate il composto ottenuto in una ciotola, aggiungete l’olio extra vergine d’oliva, condite con poco sale e pepe e mescolate bene.

3. Servite la salsa in una piccola ciotola accompagnando piatti di pesce, carni o verdure bollite (o cotte a vapore).

8 thoughts on “Traditional Recipe: Salsa Verde (Fresh Parsley Sauce)

    1. Thank you Oksana! It’s so popular here and so easy to make. It works really well with steamed fish and vegetables. Give it a try and let me know🙂

  1. Ooh, salsa verde is one of my favorites! So fresh and colorful! Interesting how you made yours with parsley; I’ve only seen tomatillos! Looks lovely🙂

    1. Hi Lisa! This is the traditional Italian salsa verde. It is very different the tomatillo salsa verde. Here is widely used to enrich mild dishes, such as boiled meat and steamed fish and vegetable dishes. It is very nice, I personally really like it with steamed fish…It’s perfect with fish!

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