Smooth rich olive oil. Fruity pitted olives. Liberal handfuls of all your favorite herbs. While some may cite cacio e pepe, pasta primavera, or any other pasta dish as their fave, this Italian salsa verde is my go-to when I want to bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to the table.
Traditionally known as “green sauce,” Italian salsa verde is filled with fresh chopped herbs like basil and parsley and plenty of garlic for added flavor. Luckily, we got to sample the sauce in all its glory when we visited Alison and Jay Carroll at their Joshua Tree home.
Alison Carroll’s Italian Salsa Verde
Typically, the popular Mexican version of salsa verde has a tomatillo base, which brings forward a less acidic, more tomato-like flavor. This salsa focuses more on mellow-toned ingredients like green olives and rich olive oil. The Carroll’s leaned on the rich and smooth olive oil that they produce for Wonder Valley to bring this Italian salsa verde to the next level.
Alison’s recipe is perfectly simple and serves as a colorful addition to any table. As she says of the sauce, “My salsa verde always has a variety of fresh herbs, always something salty, and always Wonder Valley olive oil.”
Convinced? Let’s take a look at this simple, but game-changing, recipe.