Photo: Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
Whether you're drowning in leftover garden herbs or just want a new recipe for the mint you picked up at the farmers' market, this chimichurri sauce is for you. An essential part of Argentinian cuisine, chimichurri is traditionally a mixture of herbs, garlic, and olive oil, served with meat. This rendition of chimichurri has a minty twist, making it a refreshing topping to all of your favorite dishes. (Discover other ways to use your herbs, like in these 10 low-calorie, herb-infused cocktails.)
When you see cilantro atop tacos or basil on your pizza, you probably don't realize that those green herbs aren't just there to add flavor and look pretty. They actually pack a nutritional punch, too. The same thing is true for the mint and parsley in this chimichurri sauce. Mint has been shown to aid in digestion and tame tummy troubles. It has small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin A. Parsley provides plenty of vitamins K, C, and A.
If all of those health benefits didn't offer enough reasons to make this chimichurri, then the tangy and robust flavor will definitely make you want to try it. Plus, check out the variety of ways you can use it below.
Makes: 1 cup
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1/2 cup mint
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Directions: In a food processor, combine parsley, mint, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until herbs are finely chopped and all ingredients are combined.
6 Delicious Ways to Use Mint Chimichurri
Serve on top of grilled flank steak. This is the most traditional way to eat chimichurri (think: mint + lamb chops), but you can use it alongside any grilled meat you prefer.
Use to marinate tofu. Dredge tofu in chimichurri sauce and sauté or grill.
Serve as an appetizer with crudités. This flavorful sauce makes a great dip for baby carrots, bell pepper slices, or cucumber rounds.
Drizzle over white pizza. The parsley and garlic flavors pair well with a cheesy grilled pizza. (If you've never grilled your pizza before, you're going to wonder what you've been missing all your life. Get started with these eight incredible, healthy grilled pizza recipes.)
Add some extra oomph to white fish. On their own, fish such as tilapia or mahi mahi can be a little one-note on the flavor profile. Add this mint chimichurri to spice things up.
Top a grain bowl. The best thing about a grain bowl is that you can top it with whatever sauce and other fixings you want, and it will instantly soak up that flavor.