Italian Salsa Verde Recipe

Published on August 11th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Did you know that there's an Italian version of salsa Verde? Most people are familiar with the Mexican version, but the Italian version is equally delicious. Salsa Verde, or green sauce, likely originated in Europe. We know it was around during the Middle Ages and may have been present during the Classical Age. First, researchers believe the Romans brought salsa Verde to Italy; then, it was taken to France, Germany, and other parts of the world. 

To make the Italian Salsa Verde, we blended classic Italian ingredients such as fresh parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, shallots, olive oil, salt, and black pepper until it was finely chopped and combined. You can use this delicious Italian salsa Verde in many dishes, including butternut squash tacoslemon asparagus pasta, or lemon chicken pasta. Either way, your dishes will get a salty, robust, delicious flavor from the salsa Verde. 

Is Salsa Verde Mexican or Italian?

Salsa Verde belongs to both Italian and Mexican cuisine. Both types of salsa Verde translate to green sauce in English. However, they are made with different ingredients. The Italian version is made with fresh herbs such as parsley and is similar to pesto, while the Mexican version is made with tomatillos and cilantro. 

 

What is the difference between chimichurri and salsa Verde?

Italian salsa Verde has a salty, robust yet bright flavor from the capers, anchovies, and lemon juice. In contrast, chimichurri is made with parsley and cilantro, but it also has a bit of chili for a spicy flavor. 

 

Is sofrito the same as salsa Verde?

Sofrito is not the same as salsa Verde. Sofrito is a combination of fried onions and garlic, tomatoes, and other vegetables in some cases that act as the foundation for soups and stews. Salsa Verde is a green sauce consisting of parsley or tomatillos as the base. Salsa Verde can be served by itself or used to garnish a dish. 

 

Is salsa Verde good for you?

Yes, salsa Verde is good for you due to the main ingredient, parsley. Parsley contains vitamin A which is good for eyesight, as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants that decrease the risk of medical conditions such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Salsa Verde also contains olive oil, which is loaded with healthy fats, can reduce inflammation, and protect against heart disease.

 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Serves
12 persons.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fresh Parsley leaves



     

  • 1/4 cup Capers

     

  • 2 tablespoons Anchovies, roughly chopped

     

  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest 

     

  • Juice of 2 large Lemons

     

  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar 

     

  • 2 Garlic cloves 

     

  • 2 Shallots 

     

  • 1 cup Olive Oil 

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt 

     

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper 

Instructions

Place the parsley, capers, anchovies, lemon zest, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, shallots, 1/2 cup of olive oil, salt, and pepper into a blender and blend for 15-30 seconds until the mixture is finely chopped.

 

Add the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil 1/4 cup at a time and blend it until combined. 

 

You can use the Italian salsa Verde as a sauce for steak, in quesadillas, tacos, burritos, or any tortilla-based dish. You can also place the salsa Verde in a serving dish and serve it with crusty bread. 

 

The salsa Verde will last for 3-5 days stored in the refrigerator.

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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon