Culinary Arts

Cooking From Your Kitchen Garden: Salsa Verde

Alice Waters

Lesson time 09:26 min

Alice teaches you to make one of her favorite and most versatile sauces, salsa verde. Alice demonstrates a version made with macerated shallots and offers variations on the sauce to serve with meats, vegetables, and fish.

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ALICE WATERS: I'm going to teach you how to make a very simple sauce. It's called Salsa Verde, an Italian sauce, a green sauce, made out of green herbs. And I use it a lot to just, again, bring up the flavor. It's sometimes with a fish, sometimes with a piece of chicken. Sometimes it's just, you know, dip a vegetable in it. It's basically just shallots, maybe capers which I love, maybe even anchovies. I'm going to do this one without anchovies. I'm going to use the parsley from my garden. And again, just picking the leaves off. Not extremely carefully. It wouldn't hurt if it had a stem in there or two, but I'm roughly doing that. And I'm going to use the chives as well. It's basically just a vinaigrette variation because it has both olive oil and vinegar in it, but the primary look of it is green because it has all of this parsley, could have chervil in it as well. But because of the capers, I don't want to waste the chervil. I'd rather have the chervil in my salad as that kind of little flavor, than to lose the taste of chervil with this the Salsa Verde ingredients. Sometimes when I'm serving it with like a lamb chop, you might want to put mint in the Salsa Verde. I might even do it with the tops of fennel if I'm really thinking about a fish dish. A traditional Italian Salsa Verde has olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, and capers, and sometimes a little chopped anchovy. We've taken that idea and come up with other variations. I'm going to dice up the shallots next, because it's really nice to have them macerate a little bit in the vinegar. Because it tames the strength of the strong flavor of the shallot. These are amazing shallots. They're just so firm. Feels like they just came out of the ground. But I'm probably going to use about a half of a shallot. So I'm cutting off one end, leaving the other one intact. Works better with my fingers. But the idea is to make a little tiny dice. And to do that, you have a quite sharp knife and you're making horizontal cuts that go almost to the end, and the root is holding it all together. Now I'm going to make incisions that go right down, holding it together as they go. And then the little trick is to cut this piece very, very finely. So that you get that little cubes of shallots. And my eyes are tearing as I'm cutting it, but you can always wash your hands in cold water afterwards. But there we have our little dice of shallots. And I'm going to put these right in the bowl like that. And I'm going to put some vinegar up at the top and put all those shallots way down in there. A little bit of salt, that always helps with the taming of the shallots. And just let it sit there while I chop up the rest of the herbs. And begin chopping, just comes by practice. I love this kind of knife because I can sort of scoop things back up on the spot as I'm doing them. I kind of like hearing the rhythm of it. This one's to be quite fine because you're wanting the sauce to come together, you k...

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Alice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first-ever online cooking class, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home.


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Theresa H.

Thank you for your authenticity Alice Waters! This is such an inspiration.

Andrew U.

I was rather surprised to hear criticism of Alice Waters lesson on salsa verde. If you have access to Gordon Ramsay’s lessons, listen to how he became a master of his craft. He learnt from at least three great cooks. Alice is undoubtably a great cook, award winning plus having started a movement in cooking (see Wikipaedia). I decided to do her course because her style was so different to my own. I have learnt a great deal. Only today, I went to my mothers fruit garden and picked what was available and NOW. I did it all in the Alice Waters sense of feeling... there were lots of gooseberries, very ripe, a few yellow and black looking berries which I tasted. I can’t reel you the names of them. They were great. I spread them out in my minimalist kitchen. Enjoyed the beauty of them as I topped and tailed them. I made a summer fruit crumble. I think Alice would have enjoyed it. I also made a salsa verde from the mint in my front yard, I added all of Alice ingredients plus the anchovies she mentioned. It was serve with barbecued lamb. It was not a strict salsa verde but it was totally fresh and vibrant and real. That’s what she is about. Forget double dipping, strict technique etc. She is about a few basic principles and taking the cooking where the food, it’s quality and the seasons take you. If you apply modern technique and practice to these principles or not, her way of doing things is really beautiful. It connects you to what sustains you. I am now enjoying being influenced by her.

Miruna S.

Hello, i think thé originalité of this class is about cooking with heart and sensés ,so tasting,using hands,smelling,adding salt without measuring,is part of thé poetry !Let us take it like that and be Thank full for a soulfull expérience! Go to Thomas Keller for science!!!Enjoy !!!!


Teaching bad technique are setting an example for your should NOT taste your cooking and then put the same spoon back into the food that you are preparing !!! That is so basic....if. you are making it ONLY FOR YOURSELF...then o.k...but you said you are putting the dish on the table to serve ...I assume to others and not just yourself...even if serving to your own family....not hygienic....NOT good technique...also in early lesson you placed raw whole chicken next to fresh vegetable items and potentially food that won't be cooked but eaten raw.. Very bad handled the raw whole chicken and then immediately handled the other items without washing your hands missed an important teaching point...Attention Students ...Do NOT do this....raw chicken can have salmonella.. even organic chicken .....BEWARE....

Jörg K.

Salsa Verde: Not use the Parsley stems? Shallots in it? No Mint or Basil but Chives instead? No Anchovis? No Pepper? Give me a break.

Sharon F.

I love these lessons. Alice makes everything look so easy, tasty and makes me want to try the things she shows us. I like that things are not measured, I am learning so much about cooking and combining flavors from these classes. This is my first Masterclass.

Ami G.

Her style is thoughtful and beautiful. I am not offended by her tasting more than once , she is showing us how she works, in her home kitchen. And food needs to be touched, it’s one of the senses we use in cooking and baking. When I cook at home I use a jar as my Bain Marie to put my spoons in between tastings.

Kim T.

Watching her prepare a dish and talk about food is like someone sharing their's who she is, not just a job she does. I always think Mexican when I hear salsa verde, and when I think Italian I think pesto. This is one I look forward to enjoying.


That was special. I love the pat about the salt container left to her by Elizabeth Davis. Having a bowl in your kitchen made by one of your children is very special. I have a few my daughter made for me and I'll always use them. I enjoy a plantbased lifestyle and I can tell you that salsa would be delicious on a cold bean salad. This is a must try for me.

Jennifer W.

I was just thinking I want to have my salt in a pot or bowl... fun to have one with a story. Food and cooking brings up all kinds of memories. It truly does bring people together!