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Recipe Redux Kitchen Garden Salsa Verde

The Laneway Vegetable PatchIt’s Recipe Redux time again – the first recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians and the theme for September is dressing for success.  Instead of a makeover, I’ve chosen a traditional and healthy favourite.  My salsa verde is so versatile and better still can be made in minutes with just a few fridge ingredients and your very own herb plot or pot.  You’ll love using it to dress up grilled fish or steak, dollop on hot baby potatoes or stir through pasta for a quick meal for the kids.  Oh, you don’t have a backyard? Or a herb garden? Well that’s no longer a problem…let me introduce you to The Litte Veggie Patch Co.

Recipe Redux Kitchen Garden Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde has many global versions, but I like this Italian style rustic cold sauce. Serve immediately or store covered in the fridge for a couple of days.  You can freeze it too, but the herbs will darken and lose their vibrant green.

SAKGF CollingwoodIngredients

2 large handfuls of flat-leaf parsley, plus 2 large handfuls of other garden herbs like fresh basil leaves and mint or a combo of what you have to hand including thyme, sage, rosemary, chives and more
1–2 cloves of garlic, peeled
small handful of capers
6 anchovy fillets

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4-8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Finely chop and then roughly grind in a mortar and pestle the garlic, capers, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Add the mustard and vinegar, then slowly stir in the olive oil until you achieve the right consistency.  Sometime’s you may want a runny sauce to drizzle and other times a coarser salsa to dip or dollop. Season and balance if needed with a little more vinegar.

Recipe Redux Rollcall

Check out the other posts by the Redux team this month:

Herbs for health

Interesting research has shown that the humble herb packs a powerful nutrition punch.  Not only do herbs have a high antioxidant activity, some researchers hypothesize that antioxidants in foods may work in combination to produce synergistic effects. In one Australian study, when spices and herbs were added to a salad dressing, the antioxidant values (measured by ORAC) of the salad vegetables increased significantly.

Yes you can

Along with our own planting, we’re lucky to have inherited the most amazing lemon tree and forever patch of contintenal parsley, self seeded from the Lebanese family next door.  Most nights my kids are sent out to snip parsley and herbs for dinner (Master 6 trying to do his “natural” smile).

Recipe Redux Giveaway

If you haven’t got a green thumb or think you have NO room to grow your own, you need to meet Mat and Fabian.  After years of success showing people how-to on tiny balconies or shared city laneways, they have turned their popular blog and business into a must-have guide book.  You can order their ready-planted crates and get them in to consult if you live locally to Melbourne or mail order their heirloom seeds too.   While designed for an Australian audience with seasonal and regional planting guides, this book has fantastic tips for all.  We have a copy of The Little Veggie Patch Co to giveaway to a lucky reader.  Entries open until 5pm Aussie EST Monday 26 September and a random winner will be selected. So for your chance to win drop us a comment below.  We’d love to hear your dressings for success? Or your own green thumb (or not) tales? Or just say hi so we know you’ve been with us.


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  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice

    Yum! Looks good. My dad loves anchovies so I think I’ll make this for him. Love the herb info!

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  • Regan @ The Professional Palate

    I am now SO envious of your cute little herb patch (and cute little Master 6 “natural” smile. Precious!)

    Great info on the herbs… spices & herbs really don’t get the health benefit respect they deserve. At least they get a lot of respect for great taste 😉

    Hate that we won’t meet up at FNCE, but definitely looking forward to seeing you here next year!

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  • Kerryn Eades (APD)

    Great post gave me the warm and fuzzies!! My herb patch is a bit dead at the moment You have inspired me to get back on track with it! THANKS

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  • Ange

    I’ve spent the last couple of months preparing my inherited & neglected veggie patch and waiting for the weather to warm. This is the first time I’ve had a veggie patch and it is read for planting. I had no idea where to start until now and have just visited the Little Veggie Patch Co website. I now have a better idea of where to start and what to do with the finished product (herbs and veggies).

  • Sarah

    Will definitely have to check these guys out – all I have to do is look at the poor herbs in my pots and they shrivel up :-( would love a never-ending supply growing merrily in the corner. Recipe sounds yum, can’t wait to try. Thanks for a great post.

  • Emma C/O The Hearty Heart

    Love the salsa…no tomatoes?!

    Hey..have you ever heard of using celery greens? Harvesting our backyard garden, and had an abundance of celery…I guess you could toss it in this recipe hey?!

  • Hannah

    Yummy Salsa verde Emma!
    I can no longer keep up the excuse that my garden is too small to grow vegies or I don’t have the skills when it’s all wrapped up in a lovely book!

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  • Emma Stirling

    Thanks for all fabulous comments and questions. Emma I haven’t tried using celery greens, but love the idea. And yes would have LOVED to be joining my US colleagues at the American Dietitians conference on now in San Diego. But drum roll please….our lucky random winner is Ange!! Off to email you now and hope you enjoy the book. It truly is a fabulous resource. Emma

  • Ange

    Hi Emma,
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the book “How to grow food in small spaces”. The book is an exceptionally balanced resource for the novice veggie gardener like myself as well that those wanting to try something new. I have healthy seedlings sprouting in Canberra now that the frost has left us for the year (hopefully). The narrative is wonderfully easy to read and a real laugh in places.
    Thanks again,

  • Natalie

    WOW I love the research behind this girls, I am going to include herbs in every salad dressing now! recipe and pictures look great. Sending love from Australia, Nat :-)

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