Easy Chimichurri Sauce: Recipe & 5 Uses

Easy Chimichurri sauce
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Chimichurri sauce is easy to make and is packed full of flavor. Learn how to make this herby sauce and get inspired with our suggestions for 5 different ways you can use it.

Chimichurri is a raw herb sauce from Argentina, that is used in much traditional South American cuisine. Fresh parsley, fresh oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and red pepper chili flakes are the main ingredients in this tangy, spicy, and full-of-flavor sauce.

Chimichurri can be used in a number of different ways in the kitchen. As a marinade, a condiment, or even as a dip, there are so many possibilities to start incorporating this Argentinian delicacy into your cooking. 

Chimichurri is also a sustainable way to use up any leftover parsley you may have in the fridge or overgrowing in your garden. 

Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Chimichurri is very easy to make and can be blitzed-up in no time.
Chimichurri is very easy to make and can be blitzed-up in no time.
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This easy chimichurri sauce recipe could not be more simple and quick to make. All you will need is a food processor, and that’s it! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. fresh oregano 
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic 
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar (can easily sub for white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper chili flakes

Instructions:

  1. Add the fresh parsley, oregano, and garlic into a food processor. Blitz several times until a rough paste is formed. Place the herb paste into a bowl (Note: if you do not have a food processor, you can finely chop the ingredients and it will work just as well).
  2. Into the bowl, stir in the olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper chili flakes. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Serve straight away or refrigerate in an airtight container. 

This easy chimichurri sauce recipe will keep in the fridge for one to two weeks.

5 Uses for Chimichurri Sauce

There are so many uses for Chimichurri sauce, like as a topping for roasted potatoes.
There are so many uses for Chimichurri sauce, like as a topping for roasted potatoes.
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There are many ways to use this chimichurri sauce that will add flavor and color to your dishes. Here are some suggestions of how you can serve this herby Argentinian sauce:

  1. Baked cauliflower: Use the chimichurri sauce as a marinade for a baked cauliflower before it goes in the oven. Top the baked cauliflower with fresh, chilled sauce when it is ready to serve.
  2. Fresh lentil salad: Add extra spice and zing to your lentil salad by using chimichurri sauce as the dressing. Top with fresh, crunchy vegetables and more fresh parsley.
  3. Roasted potatoes: Once your roasted potatoes are out of the oven and ready to serve, spread over some chimichurri sauce. You may never want plain roasted potatoes ever again. 
  4. Garlic bread: Take your garlic bread that one step further by spreading chimichurri sauce over the bread before you toast it. 
  5. Herby pilaf: Mix in chimichurri sauce with rice to make a herby, fresh rice pilaf dish. 

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