Make Ahead


October  9, 2017
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Makes enough for 4 servings, with leftovers
Author Notes

Charmoula is a North African green sauce scented with lemons, cumin, chile, and garlic. You'll want to slather it on everything. On many a summer week, when I don't have a complete menu planned and am feeling short on ideas, I'll make a green sauce of some sort. - Amanda Hesser

Reprinted with permission from A New Way to Dinner (Ten Speed Press, 2016). —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup (20g) packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup (20g) packed fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Large pinch of Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  1. Combine the parsley, cilantro, scallions, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, salt, Aleppo pepper, and lemon zest in a bowl of a food processor. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pulse in the vinegar. The charmoula should be loose enough to drop from a spoon; if not, add more oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

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3 Reviews

AlisonE March 19, 2023
Absolutely delicious! I added a bit more of both cumin and cinnamon for more aroma/flavor.
lagitane66 August 11, 2021
The bomb. Especially if you use really fresh ingredients
FrugalCat December 2, 2017
Kind of a chimichurri, kind of a gremolata.