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Healthy salsa verde
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Herbalicious is a delicious salsa verde that is a great accompaniment to any meat, chicken or fish. It takes a simple meal to the next level (taste and nutrition wise).
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 sprig rosemary -leaves pulled off the stem (if you have it, not essential)
  • 1 clove/s garlic -crushed
  • 1 tbsp capers -drained
  • 2 cups mixed fresh herbs and leaves (approx. of mixed leaves like parsley, basil, oregano, chives, thyme, sage, tarragon, lemon sorrel, kale and or spinach.  I like to use mostly a selection of as many different herbs so that no one flavour dominates. Though if you love a particular flavour, then let it shine! The kale or spinach should add a bit of bulk but no real flavour)
  • 1 lemon/s -zest and juice
  • 60 ml olive oil (¼ cup) extra virgin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a processor or Thermomix, place the garlic, herbs (picked off the woody stems), leaves and capers and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the lemon juice, zest and olive oil and mix through the chopped greens until combined. Thermomix 30 seconds, speed 2.
  • Taste, season and add more olive oil or lemon juice if necessary until the flavour is just right.

Use it...

  • Over any meat, chicken or fish, grilled, barbequed or roasted.
  • Mixed through, pasta, rice or quinoa.
  • As a salad dressing or over steamed vegetables.
  • Stirred through tuna in a sandwich or salad.
  • Drizzle over eggs at breakfast, it's seriously versatile.
  • I just wouldn't use it with any Asian-inspired dish or a dish that already has very strong flavours.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Can also be frozen.


Make it spicy

By adding a red chilli.

Make it go further

Add nuts and parmesan to make a pesto or a thicker accompaniment.

Kids in the Kitchen

Get the kids to pick the leaves off the stems into the salad spinner and let them wash and spin the leaves.  They are more likely to try it if they've been involved in making it and once they do try it, I'm sure most will love it.  You can also cut a deal with fussy small people to try it and then name it.  Kids often respond to fun names.  My son calls this his green power ranger sauce (for super fast legs and super-strong muscles).

I'd love to hear what your kids come up with (even the not so complimentary ones)! Post a comment below.