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Italian salsa verde in wooden bowl on white granite.
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5 from 3 votes

Italian Salsa Verde

Italian salsa verde is a tangy and garlicky parsley based green sauce that goes well on a variety of dishes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 2 large lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes


  • Zest 1 lemon and juice 2 lemons.
  • Wash parsley and remove any large stems.
  • Add 2 cups of parsley to a blender along with lemon juice, lemon zest, 1/4 cup capers, 1/2 tsp chili flakes, 2 cloves garlic and a 1/2 cup of olive oil.
  • Pulse blend for 15-30 seconds. The salsa verde should be fairly loose. Add as much olive oil as necessary to achieve a loose consistency, a 1/4 cup at a time. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!


  • Capers are very salty, so no extra salt was added.  Taste test and adjust salt levels accordingly.
  • Chili flakes are optional.
  • The recipe starts with a 1/2 cup olive oil, but add as much as it takes to create a loose salsa verde that can be spooned easily.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.2g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 25.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg