Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

chimichurri sauce 2.jpgMost chimichurri sauce has either a little or a lot of parsley, many have cilantro in varying amounts, and a few even have oregano or other curious herbs.  This chimichurri sauce is the closest I could come to recreating one from memory that I had at a catered birthday party which then haunted me for weeks; it has more cilantro than parsley and no other green herbs.

This bright tart sauce is an excellent foil for beans and rice, which is how I like to eat it, but is most commonly used to accompany meat such as steak.  I plan to try it brush on grilled vegetables and as a marinade for tofu. 

Chimichurri Sauce


1 cup cilantro, finely minced
1/4 cup parsley, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 small red onion very finely diced  


Combine all ingredients in a jar or a dressing bottle and shake well.  That’s it. 

Alternatively you can make a slightly creamier version by using an immersion blender.  Blend everything but the onion together.  Once it has achieved a creamy texture add the onion and shake well before using to make sure the onion is evenly distributed.


Recipe notes:  don’t double this unless you think you can use it fairly quickly.  The pretty bright green will darken, as it has in my photograph, by the next day.  Fresh herb dressings are best used within a couple of days.  If you like things spicy you can add a tsp of crushed red pepper or a pinch of ground cayenne.

This recipe is gluten free only if your vinegar is specifically gluten free.
This recipe is vegan.

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6 thoughts on “Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

  1. happy zombie

    Hi Angelina!!!
    Your Chimichurri sauce looks divine! My Aunt Lupe makes what we call “green noodles” (cilantro/jalapeno pesto, bathtub cheese, spaghetti noodles and baked like a lasagna), and I’ve tried to duplicate it but can’t. I suspect she starts with a Chimichurri pesto like this. Now I’m hungry!
    Happy New Year!!! And if you come to Astoria… I hope you’ll come see me/we get to see each other!!!!!

  2. NM

    Howdy stranger,
    Want to try to set up this lunch of which we’ve been vaguely speaking for the past year or two?
    How does your schedule look on Wednesday, January 12, at 12:07 p.m.?
    … I’d send this in an e-mail, but the computer gods refuse to deliver it…
    - that Nicole woman

  3. angelina

    Monica- that sounds really good! Also: I LOVE the name Lupe.
    Nicole- Yes- let’s do it. This Wednesday the 12th at 12.07 is great! (That’s a charmingly specific time) but where shall we meet? At the entrance to the library? If it’s not raining we can eat lunch on the bench in that little garden in front of the library- but where will we go if it’s raining? I’m going to write myself a note right now and put it on the fridge so I won’t forget…done! Maybe your computer hates my email address?

  4. NM

    Hurrah! Yes, I like the entrance to the library.
    My computer said your mailbox was “temporarily disabled.” Goodness knows what that meant.
    If it’s raining … uh, under the library porch? My computer claims that it may be hailing, so we may want to bring dent-proof lunches.
    See you Wednesday!

  5. angelina

    Karmyn- I just checked it out- really cool site! Now I really want to make that salve. I think my friend Nicole took me foraging for these a couple of years ago. Now I want to go find some more!

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