Punchy basil salsa recipe

This is a cross between a pesto and a salsa verde. It’s great with fish, chicken and pasta or with cream cheese for a baked potato topping

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  • Serves 10-15

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Skill level Easy

  • Calories 100-66 per serving


  • 90g (3 1/2oz) basil
  • 25g (1oz) flat-leaf parsley
  • 50g (2oz) whole blanched almonds
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 cornichons
  • 2tsp capers
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 100ml (4fl oz) olive oil


  1. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. With the motor running slowly, pour in the olive oil until you have a thick sauce. Season and serve with grilled fish or steak, or thin down with extra olive oil and use to dress cooked new potatoes.