Chimichurri Hacks: 5 Creative Ways to Use it Beyond Grilled Food

Last Updated: February 20, 2024

Picture this: the sizzle of a perfectly grilled steak, the enticing aroma of smoky barbeque, and a vibrant green sauce that adds a burst of flavor to each bite. That’s chimichurri, the Argentine condiment that has long been the darling of grilled food enthusiasts.

But what if we told you that chimichurri is not just a one-trick pony limited to grilling? In this tantalizing journey through the world of culinary creativity, we’re about to teach you the secrets of chimichurri’s versatility.

Get ready for a taste adventure as we explore unexpected pairings, unconventional uses, and exciting transformations.

Chimichurri is about to become your kitchen’s best-kept secret, and the possibilities are endless. So, fasten your apron and prepare to discover the 5 ways you can improve your dishes with chimichurri magic.

The Basics of Chimichurri

Before we jump into the hacks, let’s get back to basics. Chimichurri is a healthy sauce that’s commonly made from fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and a bit of heat from red pepper flakes. However, there’s no single recipe for this South American gem, and that’s the beauty of it.

You can customize it to your liking, making it a versatile sauce that pairs beautifully with many dishes. Some people use avocado to improve creaminess, cilantro instead of parsley, or lemon juice to add an initial flavor burst.

Now let’s get into it!

Chimichurri and Seafood

When it comes to pairing chimichurri with seafood, prepare for a symphony of flavors. The zesty notes of chimichurri perfectly complement the delicate nuances of fish and the briny essence of shellfish. Try drizzling chimichurri over grilled fish for an instant flavor boost that’ll transport your taste buds to the coasts of Argentina on a warm summer day.

Feeling adventurous? Whip up some shrimp and chimichurri tacos, where the bright, garlicky sauce meets the succulent shrimp, creating a fiesta of flavors in every bite. Chimichurri and seafood are an under-rated match made in culinary heaven, offering a fresh twist on traditional grilling.

Chimichurri as a Condiment

Chimichurri isn’t just a marinade or dressing; it’s a condiment that can take your favorite dishes to a new level. Here are a few creative ways to use chimichurri as a versatile flavor booster:

  • Sandwiches and Wraps: Say goodbye to boring sandwiches. Spread chimichurri on bread or tortillas for an instant flavor upgrade. Whether you’re crafting a hearty steak sandwich or a vegetarian chickpea wrap, chimichurri adds a burst of freshness that will make your palate sing.
  • Pizza and Pasta: Take your Italian-inspired dishes to new heights by drizzling chimichurri over pizza or tossing it with pasta. The garlicky goodness of chimichurri complements the richness of cheese and the simplicity of pasta, creating a fusion of flavors you’ll crave again and again.

Chimichurri can elevate the flavors of your pasta to a whole new level.

Chimichurri’s versatility shines when it’s used as a condiment. So, don’t limit it to the grill; let it accompany your culinary creations in delightful, unexpected ways.

Chimichurri & Salads

Salads, the go-to choice for a healthy meal, can sometimes use a little sprucing up. We recommend chimichurri to take your salads from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are some ideas you should try:

  • Chimichurri Salad Dressing: Ditch the mundane salad dressings and opt for a chimichurri vinaigrette instead. The herb-infused tang of chimichurri adds a burst of freshness to your greens. It pairs beautifully with various salad bases, from simple mixed greens to heartier choices like spinach or arugula.
  • Grain and Veggie Salads: Chimichurri isn’t just for greens. Improve grain-based salads, such as quinoa, or couscous with a generous drizzle of chimichurri. The vibrant flavors perfectly complement roasted or grilled vegetables, turning your salad into a satisfying, flavor-packed meal.
  • Protein-Packed Salad Toppings: Add a chimichurri twist to your protein-based salads. Whether it’s grilled chicken, shrimp, or even tofu, marinate your protein in chimichurri for a unique, bold flavor. Top your salads with these chimichurri-infused proteins for a wholesome, savory kick.

Chimichurri for Breakfast

Chimichurri isn’t reserved solely for lunch and dinner. It’s a versatile condiment that can transform your breakfast into a delightful experience. Picture your classic breakfast favorites with a chimichurri twist. Ever considered breakfast burritos, where scrambled eggs, cheese, and your choice of protein are lovingly enveloped in a tortilla, then graced with the vibrant flavors of chimichurri?

How about using chimichurri to jazz up your morning omelet? The fluffy, eggy canvas is the perfect backdrop for the herbaceous chimichurri. And if you’re a fan of avocado toast (who isn’t?), try spreading a dollop of chimichurri on your perfectly ripe avocado. It’s a simple yet stunning combination that’ll have you craving breakfast all day.

These chimichurri breakfast ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. With a little creativity, you can bring the zest and freshness of chimichurri to your morning meal

Chimichurri Drinks

If you are a true Chimichurri advocate, you should know it isn’t necessarily limited to solid food; you can also experience your favorite sauce flavor on your beverage lineup with enough creativity. Here our creative calls:

Cocktails with a Chimichurri Twist

  • Chimichurri Margarita: Make your margarita even more exotic by adding a dash of chimichurri. The combination of zesty lime, tequila, and the herbaceous notes of chimichurri creates a refreshing, south-of-the-border-inspired cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon.
  • Spicy Chimichurri Bloody Mary: If you like your cocktails with a kick, the spicy chimichurri Bloody Mary is a must-try. The classic brunch favorite gets a South American makeover with the addition of chimichurri, which adds an extra layer of bold flavor to this tomato-based cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Options

  • Chimichurri-Infused Lemonade: For those who prefer non-alcoholic refreshments, chimichurri-infused lemonade is a game-changer. The tartness of lemonade pairs beautifully with the tangy and garlicky chimichurri, creating a unique, thirst-quenching drink that’s perfect for hot summer days.

These chimichurri-infused beverages prove that this versatile sauce isn’t limited to just culinary delights. Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail or a non-alcoholic refresher, chimichurri can add a touch of zest to your drink options. Cheers to new flavors!

Our Chimichurri – NutriChimi

That’s it for our creative ways to use Chimichurri, but before we wrap up, we would like to recommend our premium branded product: NutriChimi.

Made with harvested ingredients from the fertile lands of sunny southern California, NutriChimi was scientifically created to offer a bold, delicious unique flavor that will stick to the palate memory of those who try it.

Besides, it uses organic ingredients, cold-pressed olive oil, and is prepared by hand. We use no artificial additives or preservatives to ensure a healthy, home-made like delicious chimichurri.

How NutriChimi compares to other brands:

Other Brands NutriChimi
Made in factories. Carefully prepared by hand in a small business commercial kitchen to ensure quality.
Added preservatives and extra fat for higher shelf-life and longer storage. All natural with no preservatives. Contains ~60% less fat than other brands, with only high-quality olive oil used. Expires in 4 weeks (refrigerated).
Unknown source with unknown food-processing. Farm-fresh, unprocessed, organic ingredients locally sourced from Southern California.
Made in batches. Made fresh. Expires in 4 weeks (refrigerated).

 

Final Words from a Chimichurri Lover

In the world of culinary creativity, chimichurri is a shining star. While it may have started as a grilling sidekick, it’s clear that this sauce is a topping that can enhance a wide range of dishes. So, it’s time to get adventurous in the kitchen and start expanding the wonderful world of chimichurri. Whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore, or somewhere in between, there’s a chimichurri hack waiting for you to discover. So, go ahead, give these ideas a whirl, and let your taste buds dance to the NutriChimi rhythm.

Are you going to try one of these recipes? Maybe you have already use chimichurri in an unusual way? Share it with us on our social media channels. We would love to know!

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