Aillade Toulousaine


A while back when I was making the beet ravioli out of the cookbook Mange Tout, by Bruno Loubet, I checked out the other recipes that I had bookmarked. And this recipe really popped out at me, even though it’s not a dish per se, but a sauce.

Actually, this sauce is not really a pesto or a gremolata, and Mr. Loubet suggests serving it with roasted lamb. He unfortunately doesn’t give any history on this sauce, although from the name you can guess garlic and perhaps Toulouse?!!

I was quite intrigued by the ingredients – essentially walnuts, garlic, and herbs.

It’s not the prettiest sauce, but that will be forgiven as soon as you taste it. I made it to top a filet of salmon, but I can see myself spreading this stuff on just about everything.
One note: If you’re not fond of fresh garlic, cut the amount in half.

Aillade Toulousaine
from Mange Tout

100 grams walnuts
6 large garlic cloves
1/2 sage leaf
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons water
100 milliliters walnut oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Black pepper
Begin by placing the walnuts, garlic, and half of sage leaf in a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth.

I honestly didn’t taste the sage because of the strong garlic flavor of this sauce, so I’d recommend using a whole sage leaf. My sage was still alive and thriving outside, but I’m also wondering if the flavor was subdued slightly being that it’s January.
Add the mustard and water, then drizzle in the walnut and vegetable oils while the machine is on.
Once fully processed and saucy smooth, pulse in the parsley and chives.
I didn’t season the sauce until I tasted it. It definitely needed salt. I passed on the pepper.

I pan-fried the salmon in butter, and seasoned it well with salt and pepper. Then I placed the salmon over a bed of lightly-dressed lettuces.
Then came the sauce. It’s very fragrant of garlic and walnuts, and it just fabulous with the salmon. I can’t wait to have it with beef or lamb.

Heck, I could have this on roast chicken as well.

Whatever you serve this room-temperature sauce with, have extra on hand. You will need it!

40 thoughts on “Aillade Toulousaine

  1. Mimi — Oh yum, this is just the type of sauce I need for January. I made Parmesan crusted haddock last night, and needed a quick sauce so I made aioli with tons of garlic! I might try this with hazelnuts since I currently have a bottle of hazelnut oil in the fridge. Cheers!

  2. I love the sounds of this sauce and would not have thought to put it on salmon but I can see how that would work very nicely. I also love the idea of doing this with hazelnuts. Beautiful salmon too. For some reason we just haven’t need getting very much salmon up here lately, at least not fresh.

  3. The delicious but ugly sauce… Had similar issues when I made a type of vinaigrette/mayonnaise with Balsamic vinegar. Normally I would shake the dressing in a jar but was after a thicker consistency so I used the stick blender…disgusting looking brown. Even the kids looked at me sideways! Maybe next time I’ll try a white balsamic? Cooking lamb tomorrow will try your Aillade.

    • That’s exactly why I don’t use balsamic in dishes like many people do. Just mostly as is on salads. Color is important to me in food and in life. you mix brown and green together and you get brownish green. but it is good!

  4. I think I’d heat that sauce up and call it soup! Looks really lovely. Not a sauce I’d encountered before–especially with the walnut-mustard combination. I’ll give it a shot. Nice photos. Thanks. Ken

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  5. Walnuts, sage and garlic? Yum! I actually had a similar verision of this sauce in a restaurant just yesterday. It was a chesnut, sage and garlic sauce. On vacherin raviolis..

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