Chermoula – A Moroccan Herb Sauce and Cousin to Pesto

Chermoula is a great use of many of the organic vegetables and herbs that come in our weekly harvest box.  Chermoula is a Moroccan (North African) green sauce with fresh herbs, spices, and preserved lemons. Think of it as a cousin of Pesto and Chimichurri. It is excellent as a finishing sauce on fish, or use it as a marinade for other meats. I also mixed a few tablespoons with some yogurt for a salad dressing.

One ingredient that might be new to you is the preserved lemon. Preserved lemons are an everyday staple of North African and Moroccan cuisine and are nothing more than lemons that have been cured in salt for a few days/weeks. You can try to find them in the Middle Eastern section of the store or make your own with these easy instructions from NPR. You can swap out the zest of one lemon instead along with a pinch of salt if you don’t want to make or buy them. The taste isn’t exact but a decent replica.

Chermoula Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped mint
  • 1/4 preserved lemon, pulp discarded and rind coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients, except olive oil, salt, and pepper,  in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times to chop up the ingredients, then process until the ingredients begin to form a paste.
  3. While the blender or processor is running drizzle in the olive oil.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Always use organic fruits and vegetables in your recipes.

Do you live in one of these Southern California Cities? Aguanga, Fallbrook, Hemet, Homeland, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, or Winchester.  If you do, you can use the local organic fruits and vegetables in our harvest deliveries for these recipes.

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About Audrey Humaciu

Audrey Humaciu is an avid "maker" that believes homemade is better. Check out her blog, That Recipe, and rediscover the simple pleasures of cooking and eating real foods that nourish your body, mind, and spirit. She'll show you how easy it can be.

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