Slow Carb or Paleo Chimichurri Salad

Chimichurri is a flavor-packed sauce or marinade from Argentina.  Since I’m trying to eat more raw veggies, I decided to take a typical marinade and build a super healthy salad around it.

Don’t be intimidated by the large number of ingredients.  This is really easy.

Time Saving Tip: You can make extra chimichurri and freeze batches for later.

Paleo Chimichurri Salad Recipe

Slow Carb or Paleo Chimichurri Salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 10-12 oz meat of your choice, cut into chunks or strips (chicken, beef or pork work well)
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ red bell pepper cut into strips
  • ½ avocado cut into cubes

Chimichurri Marinade Ingredients

  • ½  cup cilantro leaves (coriander here in Australia)
  • ¼  cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼  cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼  teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • ¼  cup of olive oil
  • Splash of vinegar or lime juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the chimichurri marinade. Chop all the herbs.  Combine the herbs and garlic in a bowl.  Alternatively, you could use a food processor if you want a smoother marinade/dressing. Add the oil and a splash of vinegar or lime. Correct the seasoning, adding salt or vinegar, to taste. The chimichurri should be highly seasoned.
  2. Pour a 1/2 of the chimichurri into a baking dish just large enough to hold the meat you want to marinade.  Add meat.  Cover and store in the fridge for a few hours (at least 30 minutes!)  Set the rest of the chimichurri aside.
  3. Heat up a large skillet.   Cook meat until thoroughly cooked (3-5 minutes should do.)  If cooking steak, you can leave medium rare.
  4. Combine veggies in a large salad bowl.  Toss with the chimichurri you set aside.  Add meat.  Serve and top with sprigs of cilantro.

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5 Responses to Slow Carb or Paleo Chimichurri Salad

  1. laz October 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    there are no Chimichurri Marinade Ingredients?

    • Laura October 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

      Sorry about that! They were all listed under salad ingredients. I’ve listed them separately now. Enjoy!

  2. Helene Lauren October 23, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I would also like to try this recipe. I want to start a slow carb diet right away!

  3. Ben Tristem November 29, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Wow, that looks delicious. Would you mind if I feature the post on my website (, with a link back to yours?

  4. Ben Tristem December 6, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    That recipe looks positively awesome, thanks for the post. I’m so grateful the world’s starting to get the idea of low GI diets (more specifically low-insulin release)

    Some foods are low GI, but still “insulinogenic”. I recently look at this, and made a pretty chart…

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