Grilled Chicken Chimichurri Salad {Gluten-free, Paleo, Nightshade Free}

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Mama’s take on Grilled Chicken Chimichurri Salad. A super favorable twist on traditional chimichurri sauce is both the marinade and dressing for this glorious grilled chicken salad.

Grilled Chimichurri Salad with extra dressing and cilantro in the background

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Grilled Chicken Chimichurri Salad

When I saw a beautiful Grilled Chimichurri Chicken and Avacado Salad on Facebook from Cafe Delites I immediately wanted to make it.

But I can’t handle the heat of peppers and my husband needs to stay away from nightshades, so I went to work trying to figure out how I could do a nightshade free (no peppers) version of Chimichurri sauce.

When Betsy’s Best Gourmet Butter sent me their cashew butter to try, a light went off and I thought about one of my favorite dipping sauces.

Chimichurri Sauce shown on a spoon with cashew butter and cilantro in the background
Thanks to Betsy’s Best for partnering with Mama Knows Gluten Free on this Chimichurri Sauce recipe. You may want to make a double batch because you are going to want to drizzle it over everything!

Chimichurri Sauce with a Twist

Chimichurri sauce is both a perfect marinade and salad dressing. What makes my chimichurri sauce so different from the traditional sauce, is the cashew butter.

It is sweetened with honey and has no peppers. It still has all of the other ingredients of a traditional chimichurri sauce, but it’s definitely a twist on traditional chimichurri sauce.

This super flavorful sauce only takes a few minutes to make by chopping the ingredients in a food processor (you can also chop by hand).

After marinating the chicken breasts in the chimichurri sauce for a few hours, I grilled them in my ceramic grilling pan and they came out perfectly.

I was really happy that the grilled chicken turned out so flavorful and juicy. I seriously can’t handle dry, grilled chicken – no matter how much sauce you pour on top of it!

I try and eat a big beautiful salad for lunch every day. This salad is one of my favorites.

The grilled chicken is perfectly marinated and the chimichurri sauce makes a perfect dressing to drizzle over your favorite salad fixings.

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Grilled Chicken Chimichurri Salad {Gluten-free, Paleo, Nightshade-Free}

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
chicken marinade: 1 hour
Total: 25 minutes
Grilled Chicken Chimichurri Sauce
A super favorable twist on traditional chimichurri sauce is both the marinade and dressing for this glorious grilled chicken salad.


  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter, , I like Betsy's Best
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • your favorite salad fixings, pictured: romaine lettuce, avocados, cilantro, cucumbers, chopped cashews, chopped super blend mix, grape tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and a squeeze of fresh lime.



  • In a food processor puree cilantro, garlic, green onions, and cumin.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl stir together cashew butter, vinegars, turmeric, honey and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Add the cilantro mixture to the cashew butter mixture and stir until fully combined.
  • Pour olive oil into the combined mixture and stir to finish the sauce.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • The sauce will make 1 1/2 cups. 1/2 a cup is used for the chicken marinade.


  • Add two chicken breasts to a large plastic storage bag and pour 1/2 cup of the chimichurri sauce over the chicken. Seal the bag and allow the chicken to marinate for at least one hour (the longer the better).
  • Add olive oil to your grill pan. Grill the chicken breasts on both sides until completely cooked.
  • Allow chicken to cool before slicing it for the salad.


  • Chop your favorite salad fixings.
  • Place grilled chicken on top of salad.
  • Drizzle, or pour (like me) the chimichurri sauce all over the salad.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1saladCalories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 48gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 928mgVitamin A: 725IUVitamin C: 8.1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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  1. Making this for the second time now and its soooo delicious! Second time around I’m making tofu chimichurri just to mix things up. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  2. I made this for a dear friend who is nightshade allergic as well as a few other food allergies. This recipe was just right! And so delicious that she now uses the recipe herself!

  3. Are grape tomatoes not a nightshade vegetable/fruit? Just wondering because I was going to start a nightshade free diet.

    1. Hi Camile grape tomatoes are nightshades. My husband cannot eat nightshades. The chimichurri marinade/dressing is nightshade-free. If you are following a nightshade-free diet then you would not add grape tomatoes to your salad. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hi, Clara, you could use almond or peanut butter. Using those other kinds of butter will taste a little different, but it will still be tasty. I buy cashew butter at Walmart. They sell their own brand of cashew butter so it’s budget friendly too.

    1. Hi Tamara. The marinade/salad dressing is nightshade free. Most chimichurri sauces are made with chile peppers, which is a nightshade. My recipe does not have chile peppers in it. You can add your favorite salad fixings to your salad, according to your tastes and dietary needs. If you are nightshade free then you would not eat tomatoes on your salad. Thank you for asking.

  4. Sounds delicious. I’m trying to stay away from sugars that raise insulin. What would you suggest as an alternative to the honey to get the taste and or volume necessary?

    1. Thank you Betsy for sharing your amazingly delicious cashew butter with me. It was just what this recipe needed!

    1. Yes! Hurry! Oh and make a double batch because you are going to want to put this sauce on everything!