Salsa Palermitana (Palermo-Style Sauce)

November/December 2009

Your rating: None Average: 3.3 (78 votes)

This wine-based sauce of cherry tomatoes, olives and capers gets a tangy punch from plenty of lemon. Serve over pasta or grilled or roasted fish. Have some warm, crusty bread on hand to soak up any extra sauce.

"My sauce did look like the picture but it took me more than 25 minutes for it to reduce. Too much lemons and wine... A bit disappointed! "
Salsa Palermitana (Palermo-Style Sauce)

13 Reviews for Salsa Palermitana (Palermo-Style Sauce)

Not a fan favorite

as a recently diagnosed T2 diabetic, I've been searching around for healthy, homemade pasta sauces. While this one is very healthy, it's not very well put together. First, it takes a long time to quarter 6 cups of cherry tomatoes. Second, it takes much longer to reduce down into a real sauce than the recipe suggests. Third, the sauce is far to acidic and tangy to really be palatable. I didnt care for it and my wife didnt like it at all. I realized that at the last minute and tried to balance it out with baking soda, bonito flakes and extra spices, but I just couldnt overcome the ridiculous amount of lemon flavor. That combined with the olives and capers just made for a mouth-puckering dinner. For the left-overs, I had to buy a jar of store bought sauce to pour over it. :(


Too many lemons! My sauce turned out very bitter and I followed the exact instructions! Don't know how to set it right. Will try adding a little sugar and butter to remove the bitterness. Very disappointed. Too much wine too which made the sauce watery :(

Good with a Few Modifications

We made 1/2 batch, and halved all ingredients except we used only 1 cup wine, and 2 quarters of only one lemon. For the tomotoes, after quartering we mushed them a little in the strainer to squeeze out the seeds. We also rinsed the capers. We simmered the ingredients (except lemon) for about 20 minutes, then added the 2 lemon quarters for the last 10 minutes. We liked this recipe a lot with these modifications.

Liked olives very much in this sauce

My sauce did look like the picture but it took me more than 25 minutes for it to reduce. Too much lemons and wine... A bit disappointed!


This sauce was fabulous! Since I only had enough cherry tomatoes to make a half batch, and based on others comments, I only used 1 cup wine and 1 lemon. After simmering, the sauce was a little bitter so I added 1/2 tsp. sugar. Perfect! We'll make this one again and again.


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