Mint Chimichurri

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Tangy minty chimichurri sauce with fresh mint, parsley, and garlic.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

When I first moved into my house, everyone advised me to pull out the mint that was growing in pockets here and there around the yard.

The rebel in me refused to do so, thinking, “I love mint! I’ll use it in cooking.” (Gardeners reading this are laughing about now.)

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Let’s just say that mint grows very well indeed, and is especially well suited to containers, where it cannot send out runners and take over every nook and cranny in a yard.

I have kept the mint, but I do have to be diligent, and pull it up where it doesn’t belong.

Mint Chimichurri

Here’s a sauce that takes advantage of all that mint, a South American chimichurri, with mint taking the place of some of the parsley that is traditional for classic chimichurri.

I’ve made the sauce with straight mint and with a parsley mint blend, and the blend wins. It’s just the right balance of flavors. A lovely accompaniment to steak or pork, and a perfect sauce to spoon over lamb.

Mint Chimichurri Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2/3 of a cup


  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup fresh mint (spearmint) leaves, packed
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, packed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1 Place garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times until chopped. Add the mint and parsley leaves and pulse until finely chopped. (Alternatively chop everything finely by hand.) Remove to a medium bowl.

2 Add the vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes to the mint parsley mixture and stir until the salt has dissolved. Stir in the olive oil.

Will keep for several days in the refrigerator. Perfect to serve with lamb or steak!

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Kim

    This was simply awesome! My husband and I follow the keto diet, and so many recipes call for sugar or a sugar-replacement. Loved the “zing” of the red pepper. Used mint & parsley from my garden, and it was oh-so-fresh! I accidentally used 1 tsp of kosher salt and it was fine. We loved this on grilled lamb patties, but I could certainly see it used on many different recipes. Thank you for this recipe!


  2. Dillon

    Ruined my first attempt adding the recommended 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Start with a pinch, then add more as needed. Once the salt balance was correct, this was surprisingly tasty.


  3. Mary

    I have mint from the yard I am not sure it Spearmint. Does that matter?

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    Elise Bauer, Where can I buy your COOK BOOK ? I don’t seem tp see it here?

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    YES! I made it it’s so killer! I love it! Thanks!


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