Fresh and delicious Chimichurri Sauce is packed with flavor from fresh herbs, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Drizzle this sauce on salads, grilled veggies, grain bowls and your favorite proteins! As an added bonus, this easy chimichurri recipe is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, & vegetarian – so anyone can enjoy!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, it’s probably no surprise to you how much I like sauces. I think they add so much flavor and complexity to dishes. And nothing beats a sauce that’s homemade!

This chimichurri sauce is no exception to my love of sauces. While it’s not 100% authentic to Argentina chimichurri, it’s my favorite take on the famous herb sauce.

What is chimichurri?

If you aren’t familiar with chimichurri, it’s an uncooked sauce that’s typically paired with grilled meat (often as a marinade and/or sauce).

Chimichurri sauce originated in Argentina and Uruguay and comes in green and red versions. Over time, chimichurri has spread, and most Latin American countries have their own version. Typically, the sauce is made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and red wine vinegar. The dominant flavors are usually parsley and garlic. My chimichurri has the added flavors of cilantro and lemon or lime juice

Similar to a basil pesto, chimichurri is vibrantly green in color and filled with bright herby flavors, however it boasts a signature zippy flavor, thanks to the red wine vinegar. It’s seriously so delicious!

Homemade chimichurri sauce in a green bowl.

Ingredients needed

This simple, flavorful sauce is made with mostly pantry staples that you probably already have on hand. Here’s the lineup:

  • Herbs. This sauce recipe uses a blend of fresh parsley, cilantro, and oregano. Sub the fresh oregano for 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, if you’d like.
  • Shallot. Much like an onion, but with a more delicate, sweet flavor.
  • Garlic. For that classic garlicky taste. 
  • Red wine vinegar. Gives the sauce the perfect amount of tang.
  • Lemon or lime juice. For bright, citrusy flavor.
  • Fine sea salt. To bring out all of the flavors!
  • Red pepper flakes. Optional, for a bit of heat! Use as much or as little as you prefer.
  • Olive oil. Balances out the bold ingredients and is the base of the sauce.
Fresh herbs and other ingredients needed to make chimichurri sauce.

How to make this sauce recipe

This homemade sauce recipe could not be easier to whip up! Scroll down to the recipe card for the full, printable recipe.

  1. Blend herbs. In the base of a food processor (or blender), add in the parsley, cilantro, oregano, shallot, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse about 4-5 times to lightly blend.
  2. Add olive oil. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in all of the olive oil. Blend until the sauce is slightly smooth.
  3. Enjoy! Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Tips

A few tips for the perfect chimichurri sauce!

  • Chop the herbs. While it’s most convenient to prepare this sauce in a food processor, you can make it by hand-chopping the herbs. Doing this creates a more textured and coarse sauce.
    • You’ll simply want to very finely chop up the herbs, shallot, and garlic and whisk everything together in a bowl. Whisking is important for this recipe (when not using a blender) so that the oil can get properly emulsified.
  • Make ahead of time. If you’re planning meals for the week (or meal prepping), I recommend making the sauce a day or two ahead. You might even want to double it and add it to whatever else you’re eating during the week (see ideas below). This herb sauce just gets more and more flavorful as it sits!
  • Adjust red pepper flakes. If you don’t like any heat to the sauce, leave the pepper flakes out. On the flip side, add more red pepper flakes for additional heat.

Ways to use this sauce

Chimichurri sauce is SO versatile! I add it to a variety of different meals and dishes. It’s generally served as a condiment, but it is wonderful as a flavor booster for protein marinades, grains and salad. Here are some of my favorite ways to use this sauce:

  • Grains. Tossed in couscous, cooked quinoa, or cooked rice
  • Veggies. Added to grilled vegetables or roasted vegetables
  • Salads. In a salad (as the dressing) with avocado, tomato, and red onions
  • Grilled protein. Over every type of grilled meat (and even tofu) you can imagine (fish, chicken, beef, steak)
  • As a spread. Stirred into mayo or Greek yogurt to create a delicious herb spread for sandwiches and wraps
  • Cream sauce. Stirred into sour cream or Greek yogurt for a cream sauce to drizzle over tacos and other Mexican dishes

How to use as a marinade

Chimichurri is a great marinade for meats, veggies, or tofu. To use as a marinade, combine the following: 1/4 cup chimichurri, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and a hearty pinch of salt. Stir together and add to your protein, veggies, or tofu to marinate for an appropriate amount of time, depending on what type of food you’re marinating.

Storage recommendations

Storing leftovers. Place any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge and it will keep fresh for 5-7 days.  

Freezing. Yes, you can freeze this sauce! Pour leftover chimichurri into an ice cube tray and freeze (tightly covered) until solid. Transfer cubes to an airtight zip-top bag or container. It will keep in the freezer for approximately 3 months without losing flavor. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using.

Green herby sauce served in a bowl.

As usual, PLEASE PLEASE let me know if you end up making this sauce recipe (or any of my recipes!). I love when you tag me on Instagram @foodwithfeeling!

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Using a spoon to serve Chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri Sauce


  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Fresh and delicious Chimichurri Sauce is packed with flavor from fresh herbs, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Drizzle this sauce on salads, grilled veggies, grain bowls and your favorite proteins! As an added bonus, this easy chimichurri recipe is naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, & vegetarian – so anyone can enjoy!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano (or 1 tablespoon of dried)
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • Optionals 1/41/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

Instructions

  1. In the base of a food processor (or blender), add in the parsley, cilantro, oregano, shallot, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse about 4-5 times to lightly blend.
  2. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it’s all in. Blend until the sauce is slightly smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Notes

This recipe can be made without a food processor or blender. You’ll simply want to very finely chop up the herbs, shallot, and garlic and whisk everything together in a bowl. Whisking is important for this recipe (when not using a blender) so that the oil can get properly emulsified.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Blending time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Argentinian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 258
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 301.7 mg
  • Fat: 28.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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