Chimichurri is great over steak or really any meat as it’s almost like a salsa. We make a 5 minute pineapple chimichurri with cilantro that is amazing!
What is Chimichurri?
Chimichurri is often a marinade for meats that uses parsley, olive oil and vinegar. It’s very fresh and easy to make and it certainly makes for a better steak on the grill. Basically it’s an Argentinian sauce that is very similar to pesto and it’s very popular in South America.
How to Make 5 Minute Pineapple Chimichurri with Cilantro
Our classic pesto recipe is super popular, so we just had to make a South American Version. It’s awesome served on steak or used as a marinade, but we’ve really been enjoying it on our Steak Quinoa Bowls. Recipe coming very soon for that one!
Make sure you get really fresh cilantro and perfectly ripe pineapple as those are your two main flavors.
You’ll also want a good blender for this one as it will help to make an evenly pureed sauce versus some blenders that leave odd sizes of leaves in it. We’ve had the best results from Blendtec which currently has a bundle deal on Amazon.
After pulsing the cilantro and liquids, stir in the red onion and pineapple. That’s it!
How to Pick a Good Pineapple
I see people looking at and talking about the color of the pineapple in a store ALL. THE. TIME. Friends, that’s not a good indicator of the ripeness of a pineapple. If you want to know how to pick a good pineapple you need to start with the butt of the fruit. Turn it over and smell the bottom. It should be fragrant and sweet just like the smell of a pineapple. Don’t smell the side or top as it wont be as fragrant there.
If the pineapple has no smell there aren’t enough sugars to make a sweet fruit. It could have been flat out picked too early so even time on your counter, though it will ripen, wont be as great as a perfectly picked fruit.
I’ve been told you can pull at the leaves as well, but I’ve never found this way to work as well as smelling it.
How to Use Chimichurri
Chimichurri can be used as a marinade, but certain meats will do better than others. We especially like it for steak or shrimp but chicken is a close third. Alternatively you can use it to dress your meat after it has finished cooking which is our personal favorite.
- 1 Cup Chopped Pineapple
- 2 Tablespoons Red Onion, minced
- 2 Handfuls Cilantro Leaves
- 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Meanwhile, place the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper in a blender and pulse until well combined like a pesto. Remove to a bowl and toss with pineapple and red onion.
Just combine your favorite varieties of tomatoes and a few fresh ingredients for this perfectly delicious salsa.