Raw Salsa Verde With Cucumber and Mint 4.000

(Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Apr 16, 2019

Chef Enrique Olvera defines a raw salsa verde as one that is made with tomatillos and used to brighten and freshen heavy dishes.

Use well-chilled ingredients, and make this as close as possible to when it is to be served.

4 - 8

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Tested size: 4-8 servings; makes about 2 cups

  • 5 large chilled tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut into quarters
  • 1/4 of a large chilled white onion
  • 2 chilled serrano chile peppers (stemmed and seeded), or more as needed
  • 1 unpeeled garlic clove, charred and then peeled
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and cut into small chunks (1 cup; peeled or unpeeled and rinsed well)
  • Salt


Combine the tomatillos, onion, serranos, garlic, cilantro and mint in a blender. Pulse just long enough to achieve a coarse consistency (not quite a puree, because it should still have texture). Alternatively, combine those ingredients in a molcajete, starting with the garlic and salt, then mash until chunky.

Transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in the cucumber until well incorporated. Taste, and season with salt and/or more chiles (finely chopped), as needed.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook,” by Enrique Olvera with Luis Arrellano, Gonzalo Gout and Daniela Soto-Innes (Phaidon, 2019).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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