PARSLEY VINAIGRETTE RECIPE
1 handful fresh parsley leaves and stems, finely chopped
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tablespoon Champagne vinegar (substitute: white wine vinegar)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1. COMBINE. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and bright green.
2. WHISK. Add mixture to a bowl and whisk in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
PARSLEY VINAIGRETTE VS. CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
Chimichurri, a spicy vinegar-parsley sauce, is essentially the same recipe without the lemon juice: finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar (red or white), plus red pepper flakes for heat.
Chimichurri is the leading condiment in Argentina and Uruguay. It’s the national equivalent of ketchup in the U.S. or salsa in Mexico, served with grilled meat and fish.
As the story goes, the name evolved from “Jimmy McCurry,” an Irishman who developed the recipe. The sauce was popular but “Jimmy McCurry” was difficult for Argentineans to say, so it became “chimichurri.”