Zhoug (herby Middle Eastern sauce) – low histamine

Who’s ready for all the greens post-Thanksgiving?🙋🏽‍♀️

🌟If you’ve had Middle Eastern food, you know it’s GLORIOUS. I fell in love with zhoug recently, so I had to make my own version. 

🌿This herby little sauce is the perfect condiment for just about anything, from eggs to chicken shawarma bowls. What’s in it: cilantro, spices, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Parsley and a little squeeze of lemon are optional.

🥣This is your sauce, especially if you can’t tolerate hot sauce and want to add some unique and tasty flavor and greens to your meals.😉

🙌🏽It has all the spices, but the star is cardamom. Yep, it lights it all on 🔥, and you won’t be able to get enough!

Watch me make it:)


1 bunch cilantro, stems included (rinsed, ends removed)

3 garlic cloves (place clove under knife – knife should be sideways with the blade facing away from you and smash hand over knife with your other hand then peel clove)

3 yellow sweet mini bell peppers, or more;)

½-¾ c extra virgin olive oil, depending on desired consistency

2-3 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp sea salt, to taste 

Optional (will still be just as flavorful without):

½ lemon or lime, juice – ½ tsp is low histamine per mastcell360.com, and ½ lemon/lime yields 1 tsp juice – so don’t eat all the sauce at once!) 

1 handful parsley, stems included but trim ends (optional – ok to just use cilantro if you’re not a fan of parsley


1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor/blender until desired consistency.

-Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for 3 to 4 days. Alternatively, you can store in the freezer in individual portions (I like to use silicone baby food trays for this).




Hi, I'm Gabriela

I am a recipe creator and food blogger, have been a registered nurse for two decades, and will soon be an integrative and functional dietitian nutritionist. 

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