Sauce vierge

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Sauce vierge
Place of originFrance
Main ingredientsTomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, basil

Sauce vierge (French; in English: literally, "virgin sauce") is a French sauce made from olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomato and chopped basil.

Frequently, crushed coriander seed is added, and variations may include the addition of other herbs such as chervil, chives, parsley, etc. The ingredients are combined and allowed to infuse or macerate (depending whether heat is applied or not) in the oil to create the sauce.

The sauce is usually served with shellfish, delicately flavoured white-fleshed fish such as cod, sole, etc.; it is sometimes served over pasta.

The sauce was popularised in the 1980s by Michel Guérard,[1] a French chef, author, one of the founders of nouvelle cuisine, and the inventor of cuisine minceur, from Eugénie-les-Bains, Aquitaine, in south-western France; the sauce has since become a modern classic.[1]

In its original form, the sauce was intended as a Mediterranean preparation and contained a lot of garlic. It was served either hot or cold after infusing the herbs in the oil.


  1. ^ a b Raffael, Michael (6 September 2007). "Marco Pierre White Prepares Lobster with Sauce Vierge". Retrieved 3 February 2011.