Creamy Chimichurri Dip

Italian parsley
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Ratings (5)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: About 1 cup (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
233 Calories
20g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 1 cup (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 3g
Calcium 131mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chimichurri is a delicious garlicky herb sauce that is served with grilled meats, especially in Argentina. Chimichurri is made with minced garlic, finely chopped parsley, salt, vinegar (sometimes) and lots of olive oil. It's excellent with meat, fish, and vegetables alike.

Chimichurri sauce can also be converted to a creamy dip for vegetables, chips, or crackers, with a bit of mayonnaise and sour cream. Adding some creamy avocado gives it more great flavor. This dip makes a great sandwich spread.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Italian parsley (fresh and firmly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup oregano leaves
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 large avocado
  • dash salt (to taste)
  • dash red pepper flakes (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Finely mince the garlic. Finely chip the parsley and cilantro, and oregano if using).

  2. Stir garlic and herbs together in a small bowl. Add the olive oil and lime juice and stir well. Season with salt to taste.

  3. Peel and slice the avocado and place in a blender or food processor. Add the mayonnaise and sour cream and process until mixed well. Add parsley/garlic mixture and pulse very briefly, just until you have a smooth, blended mixture. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more lime juice if needed.

  4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.