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Simple, Spicy Green Herb Sauce

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This fresh, herby green sauce with jalapeno and garlic takes just 5 minutes to make, but adds a big spark to just about anything you put it on.

Here’s an endlessly versatile condiment you’ll want to put on everything — use it morning, noon and night on eggs, sandwiches, grilled meat and vegetables.

A gray bowl filled with pureed salsa verde, an herb sauce with jalapeno pepper, olive oil and cilantro leaves.

Fresh green sauce, or salsa verde, is a flavor building-block and takes just a few minutes to make.

It’s open to tweaks, too:

  • Throw in a couple anchovies and some fresh basil for more of an Italian-style salsa verde.
  • Add a teaspoon of toasted cumin seed and grated fresh ginger for an Indian-style chutney.
green sauce salsa verde

Simple Spicy Green Herb Sauce

Karen Tedesco
The BEST everyday sauce made with green cilantro, parsley, chili pepper, garlic and olive oil. This sauce makes food tastes magically delicious.
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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small green jalapeno or serrano chili pepper, thinly sliced (seeded if you prefer less heat)
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh Italian parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) extra-virgin olive oil


  • Put the vinegar or lemon juice in a small food processor and add the salt, chili pepper and garlic. Pile the herbs on top then pour in the oil.
  • Process until the herbs are finely chopped and the sauce comes together to the consistency you prefer – loose and chunky or creamy and smooth.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and/or lemon juice if you like.


  • You can make this sauce just as quickly by hand – chop the herbs finely and stir everything together in a bowl in the order listed.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1157IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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