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Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
10 Mins
Makes 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tsp.)

If you like chimichurri or Italian salsa verde, you’re bound to love zhug. Originally from Yemen and now one of the “national sauces” of Israel, zhug (pronounced skhoog) is a spicy, loose, herb-flecked sauce. Though bright and herbal from the cilantro, the sauce takes on richness and depth from ground spices—cumin, coriander, and cardamom. It would be fantastic drizzled over a whole-grain bowl featuring quinoa and chickpeas, served with falafel, or spooned over grilled fish, shrimp, beef, pork, or chicken.

How to Make It

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until thick. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.