Chimichurri is an excellent condiment to keep on hand. It's lovely as a dipping sauce for everything from carrots to chicken tenders. It's also delicious when spread on a sandwich, drizzled over steak or used to marinate chicken. You can buy chimichurri at the store, but making it yourself is even more fun! Here are two unique chimichurri dipping sauce recipes that are each their own play on the classic.

Citrus-Infused Chimichurri

This recipe does not deviate too far from the classic chimichurri as it calls for lots of chopped parsley, oregano, and garlic. However, the addition of lemon juice and orange rind gives it a really nice, fresh appeal and makes it a good choice for summer.


  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, preferably extra virgin

Place the garlic in a food processor, and hit the pulse button a few times to mince it. Add the parsley, oregano, orange zest, and salt. Pulse a few more times. Then, turn the food processor to "on," and let it run while you drizzle in the oil, followed up the lemon juice. The mixture should turn into a fine puree. Scrape it out of the food processor, and let it sit at room temperature for an hour before using. This allows the flavors to intensify. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Spicy 3-Pepper Chimichurri

This spicy chimichurri is a great choice for winter; it will definitely warm you up. If you want it a little less spicy, you can use half of each pepper instead.


  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small Scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper
  • 1 small Fresno chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, preferably extra virgin

Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers, and place them in the food processor along with the garlic. Pulse a few times to blend up these ingredients. Add the salt, oregano, and parsley, and then pulse a few more times. Turn the food processor to "on" and drizzle in the vinegar and olive oil as it runs. After an hour of resting time, enjoy your chimichurri.

Feel free to experiment with these recipes and make your own changes to create a unique and delicious chimichurri. Contact companies that supply chimichurri condiments to learn more.