Chimichurri


January 22, 2018

This is the best chimichurri recipe. It’s so easy and loaded with fresh flavors from the olive oil, herbs, citrus juices, and garlic. Serve with grilled veggies for an awesome dinner.

The Best Chimichurri

How to make the best chimichurri: Use good quality olive oil, fresh herbs, lemon and lime juice, and garlic! This recipe is super easy and really delicious!

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How do I make vegetables more interesting?” My answer: chimichurri! This super easy sauce is fresh and flavorful, and packed with nutrients from the fresh herbs. And the best part is, you can throw in whatever fresh herbs you have on hand. There are so many combinations that work well. But, the one I’m sharing today is my favorite.

To make my chimichurri, I use a mixture of lemon and lime juice, and then add lime zest, which is milder than lemon zest. Then, I spice things up with some fresh chile or dried red pepper flakes.

Some people like a fully blended chimichurri, but I prefer to keep mine loose to get some texture from the fresh herbs. I blend the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes on high until the sauce is emulsified and the zest, garlic, and pepper flakes have been completely pulverized. Then I add the fresh herbs, and pulse on low for 5 to 10 seconds just to break down the herbs, but keeping the dressing very loose and not completely blended.

If you prefer a fully blended chimichurri, just throw all of the ingredients in at the same time, and blast on high until smooth and creamy.

A loose chimichurri is fantastic drizzled over grilled tofu, tempeh, raw avocado, or over a bowl of raw, steamed, or roasted vegetables. Sometimes I just dip raw cucumber and celery sticks into a bowl of chimichurri as a fantastic healthy snack.

You could also blend in half of a small avocado for a delicious green goddess dressing.

Either way, this chimichurri goes down well with just about anything.

Other Sauces and Dressings You Will Love

Cilantro Mint Chutney
Lemon Garlic Aioli
Green Goddess Dressing
Basil Pesto
Herb Tahini Sauce
Raw Vegan Mayo

Please let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

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Chimichurri

How to make the best chimichurri: Use good quality olive oil, fresh herbs, lemon and lime juice, and garlic! This recipe is super easy and really delicious!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 1/3 cups (306g)
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon  Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (30g) firmly packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup (30g) firmly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup (15g) firmly packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup (23g) firmly packed finely chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Throw the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes into your blender, and puree on high for 10 to 20 seconds, until the sauce is emulsified and the zest, garlic, and pepper flakes have been completely pulverized.
  2. Add the basil, parsley, cilantro, and chives, and pulse on low 5 to 10 seconds just to break down the herbs, but keeping the dressing very loose and not completely blended. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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