Chris Cooks: Watercress Chimichurri

January 31, 2021

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 




We're Chris + Julia

read more

What we're                   right now


browse the shop

Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

browse all

browse all

browse all




Popular Posts




Top Categories

So many diets out there, it’s so nice when you come across something that is safe for just about all of them. Chimichurri is one such thing.

Chimichurri is a condiment made with fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil (and a few other things) that is amazing on meats and vegetables alike. I add fresh watercress to mine because I think it makes it just that much more delicious (my grandfather passed a deep love for watercress onto me – it’s just the best), though you can forego if you’d rather and just up the parsley.

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Watercress Chimichurri

A peppery play on the classic, this fresh condiment is an amazing addition to just about any roasted or grilled meat or vegetable.
Course: Condiments
Servings: 10


  • 2/3 cup olive oil fruity, extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp red chili flake or 2 tsp fresh chopped red chili
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped parsley fresh
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped watercress fresh
  • coarse salt
  • coarse black pepper


  • Warm the olive oil in a pan until it just starts to show tiny bubbles. Pour the hot oil over the garlic, chili, and oregano. Let cool, then mix with the remaining ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

What’s your take? Have you had chimichurri before? What’s your favorite way to use it? I’m a big fan, and I think the watercress here really makes it pop. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

What do you think?

  1. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Love it !

  2. Lagigi says:

    5 stars
    love it!

  3. Jennifer says:

    How long will this keep? I’m excited to try it.

  4. Natalie says:

    Looks great- how long does it keep for and should it be stored in the fridge?

  5. Chelsey says:

    Can you suggest a substitute for watercress? It’s not my fave ????

  6. Mari-Ann Russell says:

    Printed and will try it tomorrow. Thanks!

  7. Erin says:

    Love the garlic heating tip here! Looks like a great recipe, excited to try!

all the latest

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

HI! We're Chris + Julia

read more

Load More

Reader Faves

SHop all

What We're                     Right Now

What We're                 Right Now

Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop. 


looking for inspiration? 

We recently painted the trim and hallway doors the most dramatic shade of red, and I find myself making excuses to pass through this part of our house. It’s so rich and romantic and glossy and inspiring. It’s like the hallway is wearing lipstick. She’s feeling herself :) I can barely remember what it looked […]

Can We Send You Our Love Letter?

Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!

Follow Along on Instagram

Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations