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bowl of chimichurri sauce with flecks of red pepper
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Chimichurri Sauce Recipe with Cilantro or Parsley

This Chimichurri sauce recipe with cilantro or parsley is a loose oil based condiment that has a bright fresh flavor, a bit of heat and good punch of zing!

Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine argentinan
Keyword condiment, easy recipe, fresh herbs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 123 kcal
Author Madalaine


  • 1 cup cilantro or parsley finely chopped
  • 1 lime or lemon zested & juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil light


  1. Mix all ingredients together.

  2. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

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Recipe Notes

NOTES: If you're making chimichurri with cilantro, try using lime juice instead of lemon juice.  And pair lemon juice with parsley.  When I make it with a little of both, I tend to favor lime juice over lemon, but that comes down to personal preference.  Let me know what you like best!  


Switch out the red pepper flakes for 1 of the following

  • 1 finely chopped red chili pepper (seeded and deveined)
  • 1 finely chopped habanero pepper (seeded and deveined)
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped

When working with pepper ALWAYS wear protective gloves.  Do NOT rub your face with your hands.

Nutrition Facts
Chimichurri Sauce Recipe with Cilantro or Parsley
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 14mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 86IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.