This Everyday Herb Sauce takes just 5 minutes to make using mixed fresh herbs that you can use for so many dishes. I love to use this all grilling season as a marinade and a serving sauce to pour over chicken, fish and vegetables. You can even use as a salad dressing.

Dipping a grilled shrimp into a bowl of herb sauce

Herb-y, a little vinegar-y with a little sweetness and very fresh tasting. Using fresh basil, cilantro/coriander, rosemary and chives, sweetened with a little honey, this sauce is gluten-free and dairy free that fit in with many dietary requirements.

2 grilled chicken breasts topped with herb sauce

This type of sauce is my go-to for a healthy, fresh tasting sauce. I use a similar one for Grilled Herb and Lime Chicken and also with Simple Roasted Vegetables with Herb Sauce.

What herbs are best for herb sauce?

Any of your favorites. I like the combination of basil, cilantro and rosemary. But any combination of these or substitutes are delicious using thyme, dill, parsley, tarragon, oregano and even fresh mint.

As you can see in the picture below, I drizzle it over grilled shrimp, chicken and vegetables.

Pouring sauce over grilled shrimp, chicken and vegetables on a white platter

Customizing ideas: Make this everyday herb sauce chunky by not blending it as smooth so it is more like a chimichurri. Sometimes I add additional ingredients to make it spicy by adding red pepper flakes. I also love to add a couple of cloves of garlic. You can also make it creamy by adding a ripe avocado or tahini. Add capers for a saltier bite. And finally, a Mexican flare by adding tomatillos and jalapeño for a salsa verde.

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Vibrant green herb sauce in a glass storage jar
Yield: 4

Everyday Herb Sauce

Green herb sauce in a small bowl with a shrimp on a fork being dipped into it surrounded by vegetables

A fresh and healthy sauce with basil, cilantro/coriander, rosemary and chives, sweetened with honey.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups ( 30 grams) fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cups ( 15 grams) fresh cilantro/coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup (5 grams) rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • Zest and juice of 1 large (or 2 small) limes
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients (except oil) to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the herbs are finely chopped. With the blender running, drizzle in the sauce until smooth.
  2. The sauce keeps in a sealed container, refrigerated for 7 days.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 36gCholesterol 0mgSodium 89mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 0g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.