Recipe for Easy Chimichurri Sauce
with garlic and onion
It’s time to give your teriyaki, buffalo or bbq sauce the night off. In just 5 minutes, you can prep a flavor-dripping, easy Chimichurri Sauce with garlic and onion and cilantro.
I wish more people knew how easy it is to make salad dressings at home.
Let’s face it, standard refrigerator hogging condiments get boring night after night. I’m here to help you fight weeknight boredom with this easy chimichurri sauce. With garlic and onion and cilantro to the rescue, you’ll want this recipe in your back pocket to prevent a boring chicken, salad, or slow cooker dinner routine.
When made in large batches, this sauce is like the giving tree. I always freeze leftover chimichurri sauce so it’s available to toss in the slow cooker or in a veggie skillet when I’m in a dinner pinch.
How to make an easy chimichurri sauce from scratch
It takes just 5 minutes to whip up this easy chimichurri sauce. With a trial or two, you’ll be able to coordinate making the dressing while your chicken, steak or vegetables cook. Utilize a food processor to toss all the non-liquid ingredients together and pulse the mixture into small pieces (don’t puree!). Mix in olive oil, red wine vinegar, seasonings and S+P for a short and sweet food processor party and stick it in the fridge until serving.
Dinner recipes with this easy chimichurri sauce
I have yet to find a dish that doesn’t become more delicious with this chimichurri recipe, but my favorite way to utilize this flavor party is on grilled chicken or flank steak for dinner. I’ve also enjoyed this chimi recipe in vegan or vegetarian dishes like brussels sprouts and carrots with chimichurri sauce. In fact, there’s a laundry list of opportunities to add this chimichurri sauce to future meals…
It’s like the giving tree of sauces…
Here are just a few creative recipe ideas for Chimichurri Sauce
- Freeze leftover Chimichurri Sauce in ice cube trays. Add Chimichurri cubes to rice bowls or veggie skillets on nights you don’t want to run to the store.
- Try a new sandwich spread by mixing chimichurri sauce with mayo.
- Use second-day sauce as a grilled chicken or beef kabob marinade.
- Don’t forget about breakfast! Add sauce to an egg scramble.
- Slow cooking fans: make spicy pulled beef or pork for tacos with the leftover chimi sauce. Just add frozen jalapeños, frozen chimichurri cubes + 1″ of broth to meat in a crock pot.
Want some more sauce ideas? Check out my free sauce recipe ebook!
Dress these dishes with chimichurri sauce
A batch of Chimichurri Sauce can last a week. Here are other recipes to try…
- Grilled Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce from Feasting At Home
- Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce from The Woks of Life
- Roasted Cauliflower Chimichurri via Root + Revel
Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup red onion
- 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed
- 1 pinch S+P
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes or paprika
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar (optional)
- Measure olive oil and red wine vinegar and set aside
- Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor or blender
- Blend ingredients until finely chopped
- Add olive oil and red wine vinegar and blend again until incorporated
- Serve immediately or set aside in the fridge until a later time
AJ Money Matters says
I don’t think i’ve ever had chimichurri sauce before! It looks super simple though and would definitely go with a few things I already make.
Wanderlust Vegans says
This easy chimichurri sauce recipe does sound delicious for us. I can think of a few different recipes that this sauce would spice up. It’s so simple to make it looks like so I’m going to book mark this one for dinner tomorrow.
Wow, it’s so easy to do! But I think I need to double the ingredients to be able to do more servings because I’m sure one serving will not be enough. haha!
You are talking my type of sauce. I LOVE cilantro – like I love it! this looks like a great sauce to keep on hand. I like the idea of freezing the cubes for use later.
Cassandra @ Powered By BLING says
Great recipe for an easy Chimichurri sauce! I love any sauce recipe that can be made in less than 5 minutes…in a Nutribullet or Blendtec is a BONUS!
I have a heap of cilantro that needs to be used up ASAP so this sounds perfect – esp as it can be frozen 🙂
How delicious! I have never actually tried chimichurri sauce before, but I’d love to incorporate it in vegetarian and vegan dishes sometime.
Heather Lawrence says
My hubby would enjoy this sauce, he loves steak and anything bold!
I had no idea what chimichurri sauce was…we have never seen it here before!
My husband would love this sauce. He enjoys trying bold, new flavors on his food. The ingredients seem really fresh too.
I re-read this a couple of times trying to figure out what a chimichurri was! Lol…if I would’ve read all the way down, I would’ve figured it out! This sounds good and definitely something different 🙂
Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com says
What a fabulous idea- freezing the sauce in ice cube trays! The perfect portion size is a great way to have fresh ingredients even on busy nights!
This looks like such a great addition to any meal! I love anything with lime and garlic! Thanks for sharing.
Ana De- Jesus says
Wow it is great that the chimichurri sauce is so easy to make! I love that it looks fresh as well that is always important to me.
I actually never heard of Chimichurri sauce. I love the idea I am always looking for new flavors to add to my meals and you made it seem easy. I would love to taste this for myself and love storing the leftovers in ice cubes for future purposes.
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
I need to make this. Now. I just know that I am going to love this sauce and will probably eat it on everything!
Blythe Alpern says
I had an ex who made a really tasty chimichurri sauce. I never knew his recipe, not that I would ask him. But now I can make it at home thanks to this fabulous post.