If you have to cook at home on these hot summer days, grilling is the way to go. No oppressive kitchen to deal with and no messy stove to clean afterward. Sounds good, right? Make it better with prepared sauces such as this salsa verde. It’s actually a sauce that goes with potatoes, but as I discovered, works equally well with seafood since the sauce is light and tangy.
This condiment comes together really quickly so it’s ideal when you don’t want to slave away but still want great flavor. We used it as an accompaniment to fried yucca although it would go just as well with grilled fish or a grain salad.
slightly adapted from Made in Spain by Jose Andres
3 peeled garlic cloves
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup packed cilantro loaves, chopped
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of dried red pepper flakes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sherry vinegar
Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic and salt together until it forms a paste. Add cilantro, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Keep mashing until all is combined. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, continuing to mash the paste until the oil is absorbed. Add 1 tsp water and the vinegar, mash until emulsified.
It’s best to keep the sauce covered at room temperature until ready to use.