In this article, we'll be discussing chimichurri sauce. We'll tell you everything you want to know about how it tastes, what the texture is like and how to use it in your cooking.
Let's get started...
What Does Chimichurri Sauce Taste Like?
Chimichurri is a fresh sauce from South America made of herbs, spices and a dash of vinegar. There are strong garlic, parsley and cilantro flavors in it that make it zesty, pungent and fragrant.
There is a spicy component to chimichurri from jalapeno or some other hot pepper. You can make the sauce as spicy as you'd like, but it's usually mild to medium rather than fiery-hot.
Chimichurri Sauce Texture
All chimichurri sauces will be moist, oily and soft, but the nuances of the texture will change depending on how it's made. If it's blended up in a food processor, chimichurri sauce will be smooth and thick, almost like a paste.
If the ingredients are minced and mixed by hand, it will likely be chunkier and more liquidy. Making it in a food processor tends to be the preferred method.
Is Chimichurri Served Hot or Cold?
Most frequently, chimichurri is eaten warm or at room temperature. It may be served as a finishing sauce, but it may also be combined with warm, creamy sauces you can prepare with cashew milk and vegan butter.
But chimichurri can be eaten cold, too. Sometimes it's treated more like a salsa or combined with cold dips for anything from crudités to vegan avocado spring rolls.
What Can You Use Chimichurri Sauce On?
If you don't go to vegan and vegetarian-only restaurants, the most common items you'll see chimichurri sauce paired with are meats and seafood. But you can certainly have chimichurri drizzled over tofu or mock meats.
Roasted or grilled veggies can be transformed into a flavorful feast with a little chimichurri on top. If you mix it with vegan mayo, you can turn it into a spread for hummus wraps and sandwiches, too.
How Long Does Chimichurri Sauce Last?
If you keep the chimichurri sauce you made in a sealed container in the refrigerator, it'll stay fresh for up to several weeks. The vinegar helps to preserve it longer than many other sauces you'll make.
You might also be interested in freezing it. This way, you can use it at your leisure and have it any time you want. Just transfer it from the freezer to the fridge in the morning on the day you plan to use it.
Chimichurri Sauce Serving Tips
Watch these short videos to see how to make chimichurri from scratch as well as an innovative way of incorporating it into your next meal.
If you'd like to taste fresh chimichurri, give this recipe a go. It's simple and fast, especially if you have a blender or food processor. Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- Dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper
- Red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
Now it's time to jump straight into the creative things you can do with chimichurri. Try this vegan sweet potato and black bean quesadilla with the following ingredients:
- Chimichurri sauce (use your own or follow Vegan Richa's recipe)
- Black beans
- Sweet potato
- Salt and pepper
- Chili powder
- Vegan cheese
Herby, garlicky, zingy chimichurri sauce is perfect for grilled tofu and vegetables, but you can also blend it with other sauces and condiments like vegan mayo to make zesty spreads. What about a chimichurri vegan mac and cheese? Now you're talkin'.