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Vibrant and full of flavor, our take on homemade gremolata is one of those make-everyday type of recipes. We know you’ll be putting it on everything once you try it!


homemade gremolata in a serving bowl with a wooden spoon
Photography by Gayle McLeod

It’s Here! Our Gremolata Recipe Has Officially Arrived

A classic, Italian recipe that will liven up any dish, gremolata is a great addition to your repertoire. This bold and bright condiment is a simple recipe, made with a few ingredients, mixed together in a bowl. No crazy gizmos or gadgets needed for this one! Not only is it easy to make, it can also be spread, dipped, dolloped, and mixed in with nearly anything to add some extra oomph to your plate.

parsley, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice and crushed red pepper in bowls to make homemade gremolata

What Is Gremolata?

Gremolata is a standard condiment in Italian kitchens. This sauce is incredibly quick and easy to whip up using ingredients that you might even have on hand. Gremolata originated in Milan to accompany the classic Milanese veal dish, osso buco. Once word got out that gremolata uses extended beyond just veal, it became a standard sauce for many a meal, snack, or side dish. It’s great on anything from grilled meats and roasted vegetables, to fresh salads and even scrambled eggs.

parsley, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice and crushed red pepper in a mixing bowl for gremolata

Gremolata vs Chimichurri vs Pesto

Herbed sauces to finish off a meal are definitely a go-to in our households. We are big on the sauce game, and this gremolata recipe is no exception. It may seem similar to a chimichurri or a pesto, but what makes this sauce stand out from the rest is its simplicity. Chimichurri originated in Argentina, and in addition to the standard garlic, lemon, parsley combination, red wine vinegar is added. Pesto, another famous Italian sauce, calls for a base of basil and pine nuts. Gremolata truly is a simple Italian classic we’re happy to bring into our recipe box to punch up the flavor of any meal.

homemade gremolata in a glass bowl made with parsley, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon zest & juice & crushed red pepper

How to Make an Insanely Good Herb Gremolata

There are three key ingredients you will find in any variation of this sauce. They balance each other out to make this sauce what it is: mouth-wateringly good.

  • Garlic: Garlic will add complexity to your sauce. Since this recipe calls for raw garlic, make sure it is as fresh as possible. Sprouted, yellowed, browned, or even jarred versions of garlic will not give you the flavor you want when making this recipe.

  • Lemon: The zest is typical for this recipe, but our recipe also calls for the bright, acid flavor of lemon juice. When zesting, make sure you only remove the outer layer of the lemon and not the white pithy part beneath. The top, yellow layer is where the bright citrus flavor comes from.

  • Parsley: Flat-leaf parsley is what you are looking for to round out this dish. Since gremolata is made by mixing the ingredients in a bowl rather than in a food processor or blender, make sure the parsley is washed AND dried very well before chopping. Chopping wet parsley will ultimately lead to a wet purée rather than the fine, chopped texture that this sauce calls for.

The best part of this recipe? You can truly make it your own! Gremolata variations are quite versatile and we’ve added mint to bring in a little brightness, and a dash of red pepper flakes for a little kick. With some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, you've got yourself the best homemade gremolata sauce to share with everyone!

homemade gremolata in a serving bowl with a wooden spoon

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Let’s Get Saucy

Well, what do you use gremolata for? We have some ideas!

Once you’ve perfected this herb gremolata, we have some other great sauce ideas to try:

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 70


  • 3/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper until thoroughly combined.

  2. Store refrigerated in an air-tight container for 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories70
  • Protein1 g
  • Carbohydrates2 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium247 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g


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  • Jenn

    Fantastic, I just ate it right on top of crusty bread and it was delicious!

    Thanks Jenn, glad you enjoyed it!