This morning I noticed that my cilantro has been growing quite nicely with the relatively cool weather that we have been having, so I decided to pick a bunch to make Chimichurri Sauce. (Once it gets hot, cilantro goes to seed quickly.) Chimichurri Sauce is an Argentinian condiment that is traditionally served on grilled meats, especially grilled steak. It can also be used as a marinade, dipping sauce or salad dressing. Shown above, I have served it on a grilled portobello mushroom with salad greens and avocado. Yum! I hope that you enjoy the recipe!
2 c. fresh cilantro, packed
5-6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 T. chopped yellow onion
1 fresh Fresno chili pepper, chopped
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. fresh lime juice, or to taste
1/4 – 1/2 t. sea salt, or to taste
1. Wash cilantro and remove any large stems. Blot leaves dry with a paper towel.
2. Place cilantro, garlic, onion, and Fresno pepper in a small food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped. Transfer ingredients to a medium size bowl.
3. Stir in olive oil, lime juice, and salt to taste. Refrigerate until serving.
Variations: Substitute flat leaf parsley or spicy oregano for part or all of the cilantro; substitute lemon juice or red wine vinegar for the lime juice; substitute red pepper flakes for the Fresno pepper; add cumin, thyme or paprika; add tomatoes or red bell peppers.