Summertime Salsa Verde

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Salsa verdeSummer is finally here! It seems like this year has flown by, and I’m trying not to let the same thing happen to summertime.  Its beautiful outside, the sun is finally beating down on us, and there is produce everywhere.  Spring and summertime get me very excited to get into the kitchen and try new fun recipes and ideas, but the heat of summer makes me want to get in and out and enjoying my new food somewhere outside with a glass of rose in hand.  But I digress.

Last weekend I made a simple salsa verde I wanted to share, showcasing some of the ingredients of this current season: Lovage and green garlic.

For anyone who hasn’t come across either of these ingredients, never fear: They’re everywhere at farmers markets. Lovage is a green leaf with a flavor similar to celery, but sweeter and more substantial.  Green garlic is just garlic in its younger stages, still young and sweet.  It can also be called spring garlic.

This simple salsa is perfect for literally anything. I used it on steak, but it can also used it as a topper for chicken, seafood, and grilled veggies. You could also use it as a dressing for summer pasta salads. I recently used it as a topping for mozzarella cheese last weekend and it was magical.

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Lovage- Green Garlic Salsa Verde

2C Lovage leaves, picked

1 whole bulb and stem green garlic, chopped

1 tbsp white balsamic

zest of 1 lemon

3 C olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Add all ingredients except Olive oil to a blender and pulse.  Add Olive oil slowly in a thin stream until sauce becomes emulsified.  Season to taste and enjoy!

Happy Summer!

-L

 

 

 

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