Easy 5-minute Vegan Chimichurri Sauce recipe made with parsley, garlic, lemon, vinegar and olive oil balances the flavors of any savory dish, not only steak! Perfect condiment for the summer grilling season!
Parsley is such a versatile herb. Its strong, distinctive flavor brightens any savory dish and simply makes food taste better.
Add it to a salad to bring up a little pungent note. Garnish anything savory with it to make a dish look beautiful. A handful of chopped parsley brings a nice herbal note to soups, stews and casseroles.
While being quite bitter and grassy on it’s own, parsley enhances the flavor of savory food in a unique way. Moreover, it helps digestion and has many more health benefits that I will talk about below.
It’s amazing how simple things can improve the taste of otherwise boring food. Things like squeezing a little lemon juice on your avocado, adding salt to your tomatoes, rubbing your grilled bread with garlic take your food to the next level. This has to do with a balance of tastes.
Since we can perceive five main tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, their balance is actually a secret behind an ideal dish. If you haven’t done it yet, download my free E-book “How to Cook Without a Recipe” for more details on that.
Bitter taste is not so pleasant by itself, but in combination with other four tastes it provides an extra flavor dimension to a dish. That’s why adding parsley, arugula, kale and other greens, mustard, citrus peel, some herbs and spices to a dish brings a balanced flavor that you’d miss if it was omitted.
Very often you buy a bunch of parsley, use a few sprigs for a recipe like Cauliflower Risotto with Caramelized Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts and don’t know how to use the rest.
My advice is: If life gives you parsley, make an easy chimichurri sauce out of it. Flat-leaf Italian parsley combined with lemon juice and garlic is an awesome combo. Bright, versatile flavors come together in this South American condiment perfect for summer.
Seriously, when grilling season is on, make the most of it by adding this sauce to whatever you like to grill, be it meat, veggies or seafood.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy chimichurri sauce is to add it to cauliflower rice. I will share a recipe soon, so stay tuned!
Health Benefits of Chimichurri Sauce
The star of this recipe is parsley, a well-known appetite and digestive tract stimulator. Its healing properties include heart and immune system protection, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
It’s a source of numerous vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, C, K, folic acid, iron, copper, potassium, calcium, fiber, magnesium, zinc and many others. It’s a highly nutritious herb that helps you digest the food you consume along with it.
Other ingredients of this chimichurri sauce are highly nutritious as well. Benefits of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and garlic are too numerous to site them here. These are one of the world’s healthiest foods combined in a condiment that tastes great and improves your health. Not bad, right?
How to Make Easy 5-Minute Chimichurri Sauce
Since my husband and I are not the biggest cilantro fans, I omit it, although you can feel free to use it if you want. Use half parsley and half cilantro or any other proportion that you want.
To make this recipe easy, I minified the amount of ingredients without sacrificing the taste. Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, good quality extra virgin olive oil, oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes. That’s it.
Just combine everything in your food processor and pulse until combined. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes from start to finish!
The name of the sauce is translated from Basque as “a mixture of several things in no particular order”. Easy, quick, fun and the most important: totally adjustable to your taste!
The chimichurri sauce is supposed to be a little grainy, but feel free to adjust the consistency and texture to your liking.
If it’s not liquid enough, just add a little more oil.
I have a video recipe for you, just to show HOW EASY it is to make this recipe! Scroll down to see it.
How to Use Chimichurri Sauce
- As I mentioned before, chimichurri sauce is an excellent condiment for any grilled food you like.
- Other way to enjoy it is to add it to cauliflower (or normal) rice to add some flavor to it.
- I add it to soups and stews for an extra zesty touch.
- Add more oil to it and make it a salad dressing.
- Serve it with pasta instead of pesto sauce!
If you have a favorite way to eat chimichurri sauce, share it in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas to enjoy it 😉
See the full recipe for my easy peasy 5-minute chimichurri sauce below and make the most out of the summer grilling season!