If you live in Houghton Bay, it’s possible that you will have so much flat leaf parsley that, at times, you fear you will wake up and be unable to open the front door – the whole house will be suffocated in a giant parsley bomb. Making salsa verde in these conditions is extremely satisfying… because you get to use up a couple of handfuls of the stuff in one go. Plus it tastes great. Especially with fish.
Nutrition wise, parsley is something of a superfood in it’s own right. It’s also a great way to get the super-duper health benefits of raw garlic on board without smelling too scary (parsley is a natural breath freshener). So since living in parsleyville I make a lot of salsa verde. As with anything, you can be experimental … and your life will just be that little bit more interesting because of it. Not as life changing as, say, a 3 month trip to India, but, you know, better than slopping out some shop bought tartar for the gazillionth time.
To make parsley, chilli, gerkin, salsa verde you chop up a few handfuls of flat leaf parsley with the zest and juice of a lemon, a grated clove of raw garlic, some chopped gerkins (you know you have some lurking in the fridge from the last time you made burgers.. and if you don’t leave them out / use cucumber / capers..), finely chopped fresh chilli and a good slug of olive oil. That’s all. It’s looks rather lovely if you have a pink bowl like mine, but the colour of the bowl really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.