Amazing Chimichurri Sauce AKA green unicorn sauce that you can pretty much put on anything!
Packed with fresh herbs and veggies, this easy chimichurri sauce recipe will quickly become a staple sauce in your house.
We’ve got alotttttta great sauces and dips on Fit Foodie Finds — I’m looking at you, homemade BBQ sauce and you, homemade teriyaki sauce and you, vegan cheese sauce.
But today, we’re here with one of our new absolute favorite sauces — chimichurri sauce. Ever heard of it? Wondering how to make it? Let’s do this.
What is Chimichurri Sauce?
Chimichurri sauce is an un-cooked green sauce that hails from Argentina and is commonly used as a meat marinade and sauce, or served with veggies.
The most prominent flavors you’ll often find in chimichurri sauce recipes are parsley and garlic — and this FFF recipe leads with these flavors (+ a few other fun ingredients!) as well. This sauce pairs well with so many things, but we’re especially partial to this sous vide steak recipe that is finished to perfection on the grill.
What does chimichurri sauce taste like?
Chimichurri sauce tastes fresh and earthy thanks to all the fresh herbs, citrusy because of lemon, with a hint of vinegar. Oh, and don’t forget the notes of garlic and onion.
Basically, chimichurri sauce is heaven in sauce form because the flavors go so well together.
Chimichurri Sauce Recipe Ingredients
Take a look at this super clean, super flavorful ingredient list, friends! The combination of TONS of fresh herbs and veggies with the perfect tang from apple cider vinegar and lemon juice = absolute deliciousness.
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh oregano
- Fresh red pepper
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
How to Make Chimichurri Sauce – Step by Step
You can seriously have this sauce whipped up and ready to eat in 15 minutes or less.
For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card for a list of ingredients and instructions.
Place (almost) Everything in a Food Processor
Place all ingredients except for the red pepper into a food processor or high-speed blender.
Blend on high until all ingredients are combined and it’s the consistency of a thick salsa.
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Add Chopped Red Peppers
Add chunked red pepper and pulse blender or food processor until the red pepper pieces are finely diced, but not pureed.
Jar and Enjoy!
Transfer the sauce into a jar and cover. Because of the fresh ingredients in this sauce, it will keep for 7 days tightly sealed in the refrigerator. But we’re betting it won’t even be that long before it’s gobbled up and you’re making another batch.
What is the difference between chimichurri and pesto?
The main difference between chimichurri and pesto is that pesto does not call for vinegar, which gives chimichurri its signature tang.
How to Serve Chimichurri
Chimichurri sauce is so versatile. It can be used as a dipping sauce, marinade, etc.
- Serve this delicious chimichurri sauce over a protein like steak or baked chicken.
- Drizzle on top of roasted veggies.
- Thin it out with more olive oil and use it as a salad dressing.
- Swirl into homemade hummus for a fresh flavor blast.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days in an air-tight container.
Can you freeze homeamde chimichurri?
- Transfer cooled chimichurri sauce into an ice cube tray and spread out evenly.
- Freeze the ice cube tray for around 2 hours.
- Then, transfer the frozen cubes into an airtightcontainer.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup packed fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons minced shallot
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped red peppers
- Place all ingredients except for the red pepper into a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Blend on high until all ingredients are combined and it's the consistency of a thick salsa.
- Add chunked red pepper and pulse blender or food processor until the red pepper pieces are finely diced, but not pureed.
- Transfer the chimichurri sauce into a jar and cover.
- Serve over protein, with veggies, or swirl into a hummus. The options are endless!
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.
I would like to taste that chimichurri!!
This chimichurri looks so tasty!!