This Recipe includes
|Can of whole peeled tomatoes
Spices, herbs and flavoring ingredients:
|Garlic powder or flakes
|(Optional) Balsamic vinegar
|Salt and pepper
Why we love it
This easy Vierge sauce recipe is a delicious and simple French sauce that is usually served with fish or seafood in France. That being said, it is such a light and airy sauce that is so much like a salsa, it can be served with a lot of other dishes as well.
Sauce vierge, which is French for “virgin sauce”, is meant to evoke a sense of freshness and summer. The basic tomato sauce is one of the five mother sauces of classical French cooking. Sauce tomate is one of the most popular sauces around, along with tomate provençale sauce that originates from the south of France.
Unlike those other sauces however, the sauce vierge doesn’t involve any cooking. It is a tasty mix of chopped tomatoes, aromatics and herbs, usually with a bit of vinegar and lemon juice added. And best of all, it can be prepared in just 5 minutes.
What to serve with sauce vierge?
In Mediterranean and French cuisine, sauce vierge is generally served with shellfish or fish.
It is also good as an accompaniment to a salad or white meat such as chicken. You can also serve it as an appetizer as chips and salsa.
What drinks to serve with it?
Can you freeze it?
Sauce vierge can easily be kept in the fridge or freezer. Drain some of the excess liquid from the sauce and put it in an airtight glass jars or plastic containers designed for freezing. (The container will have a snowflake which signifies that it can be frozen.)
The entire jar must be thawed out when using, and cannot be refrozen, so keep each portion of the sauce small.
French Salsa: Sauce Vierge (Recipe)
- 1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 1/4 lemon, squeezed for juice
- 2-3 leaves of chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Open the can of whole peeled tomatoes in a large bowl.
- Using a fork and a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes into small chunks.
- Chop the onion and parsley and add to the chopped tomato mixture.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix in.
- Place in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
- Serve while cool.
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If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French recipes that are easy to prepare. Bon appétit and à bientôt !