This is my Shimmy for chimichurri dressing. I want to shimmy my way across the kitchen to get it out of the fridge!
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I recently posted a chimichurri sauce I make all the time and as I was eating it, I realized I’d never made a dressing out of this sauce.
One of the ways I eat chimichurri is I dollop some in my salad and mix it around with my fork. So a dedicated dressing is naturally the next progression.
In fact, have your tastes changed over the years? I’d love to know because mine definitely have.
Here are a just a few recipes my tastes have expanded to include:
I like all of the above now, where I never used to. And they are all equally surprising to me. Now, I prefer my oil and vinegar dressings over creamy ones. (Move over, blue cheese!) However, I never would have thought that possible. But it is.
This chimichurri dressing tastes like the sauce only better. It’s probably the extra oil.
But, before I continue, I’d like to tell a story.
When I lived in Maine, I had the good fortune to be in the musical, Gypsy. I was cast as the hard-hearted, trumpet-playing stripper named Mazeppa. The song Mazeppa sings is about the need for a stripper to have a gimmick in order for her act to stand out from the crowd. It is called, not surprisingly, “Gotta Get a Gimmick.”
Mazeppa’s gimmick was her trumpet.
One of the funny things is that when she cast me in this role, the director didn’t know I knew how to play the trumpet. After she found out we decided that I would sing my portion of the song as is customary but near the end of it, I’d lift the trumpet and play a little ditty.
Most other actresses who play Mazeppa pretend to play the instrument while the trumpet player in the band plays the music. So it was great fun for me every night when the audience figured out that I was playing the trumpet live. They usually erupted in laughter and applause. So fun!
What does that have to do with Shimmying?
Below is a photo of me from the show.
This is a photo of a photo, so it’s not the clearest! But you will notice my bra and those little black things hanging from it. Those are tassels.
So, when I used to shimmy, I could get the tassels to twirl around in different directions.
Yes, I know. I have hidden talents.
On to the Shimmy for Chimichurri Dressing
The photo above shows some the ingredients for the chimichurri dressing: cilantro, parsley, garlic paste, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I pull out my food processor and add 1 cup of packed cilantro, as well as 1 cup of packed parsley, to begin with. I also add 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin.
Next, I turn the food processor on high for 2 minutes, until the ingredients are smooth.
Here is the delicious chimichurri dressing.
As a matter of fact, the salad in the background is coming to the blog soon. But here is a hint. It contains sautéed shrimp! And this chimichurri dressing is delicious on that salad. As you will see…
So, I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 1 cup cilantro packed
- 1 cup parsley packed
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
Add all the above ingredients in a food processor and process for 2 minutes or until smooth
Make a salad
Dribble dressing on the salad