Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Lindsay Landis | Love & Olive Oil

Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce is a bright garlicky sauce that's so versatile. Use on meats, vegetables, and anything else you can think of!

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Chimichurri is a traditional parsley-based sauce with roots in Argentinean cuisine. You could very well call it an Argentine version of an Italian pesto, with an herb, garlic and olive oil base, although the addition of vinegar makes it much bolder and brighter in flavor.

While the sauce is traditionally parsley-based, our cilantro version has a pleasantly fresh, herbal flavor, with plenty of kick from the red pepper flakes and red wine vinegar. If you happen to be a cilantro hater, feel free to substitute the cilantro with more parsley, another mild herb like basil, or even another leafy green like arugula for flavor.

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Chimichurri is incredibly versatile and will impart its bold flavor on whatever it is drizzled, doused, or smothered on. It is most commonly used as a marinade or seasoning for steak, chicken, or fish, but we like to use it as a sauce for vegetables like green beans or potatoes, a quick and flavorful salad dressing, or a zesty topping for tacos (even better: marinate or brush your steak, chicken, or fish with chimichurri first, then top the final tacos with a dollop or two for double the flavor).

Like pesto, this recipe gets a lot of its flavor from the olive oil, so don’t use pure or light olive oil which are made from second pressings and not as flavorful. At the same time, since it does use a full 1/2 cup of it, so don’t waste your super premium stuff either.

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Once prepared, the sauce will keep decently well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, though do note it may lose some of its color and flavor overnight.

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Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

  16 Servings


  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Oregano
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Or more to taste
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To taste
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. In a food processor combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, shallot, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Pulse to roughly chop.
  2. Add vinegar and olive oil and pulse until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.



Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Author: Lindsay Landis
Recipe Yields: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 54
Calories 65

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 3mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lindsay Landis

About Lindsay

With a blog name like Love & Olive Oil, it's pretty obvious why Lindsay is our Olive Oil fanatic. Sweet and savory, this is where you'll find all of Lindsay's favorite olive oil recipes.

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