Time Saver of the Week: Italian Salsa Verde

Alex Van Buren
Food Features Editor
January 10, 2014

Photo credit: Food52

Pantry staples like canned tuna, boxed pasta and bread can save dinnertime when the weather turns brisk and a dash to the store is simply not gonna happen. 

But so can a great condiment. One we often forget about—since its Old World sibling tomato sauce steals the spotlight—is Italian salsa verde.

This is one of those rare sauces that can be blended in two minutes using almost anything you have on hand—soft, fresh herbs, a bit of garlic, olive oil, capers and some sort of acid such as lemon juice (our fave) or white wine vinegar—plus anchovies or hot peppers, to taste. 

Jam-packed with piquant, bright, incredibly satisfying flavors, here’s how to use it:

Best of all: it keeps in the fridge for several days or as long as several weeks, if stored in a tightly sealed jar and covered with a layer of oil, like pesto. Here’s one of our favorite salsa verde recipes:

Salsa Verde

courtesy of Caroline Fidanza and Saltie: A Cookbook


2 cups mixed herbs: parsley, mint, dill, scallion, cilantro

1/4 cup capers

1 fresh red chile (optional), seeded andthinly sliced

2 large cloves garlic (optional), thinly sliced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1–2 lemons

Sea salt


In a bowl, toss the herbs with the capers, chile and garlic (if using), and olive oil. Add the juice of 1 lemon and a small pinch of sea salt. Taste. The flavor should be bright and lemony. Adjust as necessary with lemon and salt.