Crunchy Broccolini With Lemon and Pecans


With just 20 minutes, you'll have a tasty side of broccolini full of flavor.

Overhead View of Crunchy Broccolini With Lemon and Pecans on Serving Platter
Photo: Victor Protasio
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

If you’re looking for a great make-ahead side for picnics or potlucks, then look no further. The roasted broccolini loses some of its trademark bitterness in the oven and picks up deliciously crispy charred edges, while the additional crunch of raw broccolini makes sure this retains bright freshness. Tossed with a fresh lemon-honey dressing, this is a balanced and original approach to a classic green side dish. The broccolini tastes delicious alongside any protein, but crispy, skin-on chicken would be particularly tasty.


  • 4 bunches (1 lb.) Broccolini, trimmed, divided

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss 3 bunches Broccolini with 4 tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer and roast, shaking sheet halfway through, until charred in spots, 12 to 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice half the lemon. Stack slices and finely chop. Transfer chopped lemon (including peel) to a food processor and add the juice of the remaining lemon half, honey, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; process until combined, about 10 seconds.

  3. Chop roasted and raw Broccolini into 2-inch pieces and toss with lemon dressing. Serve topped with toasted pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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