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Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

The bright green vegetable herald of spring, asparagus! Blister yours into dark golden tenderness and dress with a lemony fresh herb and olive oil blend–simple roasted asparagus with cilantro chimichurri sauce!

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Asparagus has always been a luxurious treat in my world, not everyday eating. You know, like for holiday dinners, or Sunday brunch. Asparagus, with a big drizzle of verdant green sauce–let’s just say that when the sexy spears are on sale, weeknight dinners around here have stepped up a notch.

Roasted asparagus with cilantro chimichurri sauce is such an easy vegetable dish and, gosh darn it, we deserve it!

Prepping asparagus for Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce made with cilantro, mint, and lemon juice is not unusual, though classically, the herb and acid are parsley and red wine vinegar. Originating in Uruguay and Argentina, chimichurri is their traditional accompaniment to grilled meats, as common as ketchup in the United States.

As you notice, herbalicious chimichurri makes an excellent vegan sauce with roasted and grilled vegetables.

Not just for vegetables, chimichurri is a fabulous dipping sauce, with bread, or with fresh-from-the oven gluten free chickpea socca. A spoonful or two of chimichurri brightens up eggs, any way they’re cooked. And with baked potatoes instead of butter—Mmmmm.

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Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce details:

  • Refrigerated, chimichurri keeps well, and I swear it’s even better after the fresh herbs spend time infusing their essence into the olive oil.
  • Don’t have an oven? No problem: Blanch your spears a minute or so in boiling water. Before the lightly cooked spears become tender, stop the cooking with a plunge in a bowl of ice water. When you’re ready, pan-roast them in a hot skillet with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. If you blister your asparagus in a skillet, you can pour chimichurri right into the hot pan, then serve immediately.
  • Instead of snapping the woody bottoms from the spears, use a knife. Some cooks peel their asparagus below the flower as well. Me, I’m a straight snapper.

Love roasted asparagus? Try it with these spiralized sweet potatoes and goat cheese sauce, or as a crowning ring for this Baked Polenta and Cauliflower Torta.

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Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

This recipe yields 6 servings of asparagus and 1 cup sauce, which is more sauce than you will need for the asparagus. Use the extra as a vibrant dip with thick slices of artisan bread. Or as a sauce for all kinds of roasted or grilled veggies!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Component, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: asparagus, roasted, chimichurri, cilantro
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 bunches asparagus about 30 spears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon large flake sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves from about ½ bunch
  • About ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder or 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Wash the asparagus and snap off the tough ends of the stalks. Place on a tea towel to dry away some of the moisture. Place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and about 10 grinds of black pepper, moving the asparagus around to get them all coated. Roast 10 to 15 minutes, until the tips begin to blister and brown, shaking the pan halfway through. Roasting time will depend on the thickness of the stalks.

While the asparagus is roasting, make the Cilantro Chimichurri:

  • Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Taste, adding more lemon juice and salt, if you think it’s needed.
  • To serve, arrange the roasted asparagus on a platter and drizzle the sauce over the bottom half of the stalks.


Chimichurri sauces call for a little picante heat. Ancho chile powder is my go-to for chimichurri, but if you don’t have the ancho chile, use red pepper flakes.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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Nutrition Facts
Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • I could eat asparagus every day and it’s one of my favorite Spring veggies! Love this sauce! Great way to take asparagus up a notch! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • Thank you Liz! I’m headed to the store today for more! Reply · 5 March, 2018

  • I never got to eat asparagus much growing up which is probably why I eat it almost every day when it’s in season now! Love the chimichurri sauce! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • I hear you Marcie. We deserve asparagus, especially this time of year. Reply · 5 March, 2018

  • I don’t cook asparagus nearly as much as I should, I forget how much I enjoy it! I love that you added chimichuri on top, I bet it’s so good! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • Thanks Izzy! Plus there are so many other uses for the chimichurri! Reply · 6 March, 2018

  • Kelly Birch

    We made this tonight and it was so delicious. I ended up dipping everything else on my plate in the sauce. Glad I made enough to use again this week. Reply · 23 March, 2019

  • I just love to eat asparagus. The sauce is so yummy to eat & enjoy. Reply · 18 July, 2019

  • Such a nice article about one of my favorite asparagus. Mouthwatering!!! Keep this up. Reply · 20 July, 2019

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