Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Platter of grilled broccolini.

This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It’s a perfect crowd-pleasing side dish.

This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It's a perfect crowd-pleasing side dish. #grilling #broccolini #sidedish #vegetable #thanksgivingsidedish #grilledbroccolini

Grilling is my favorite way to prepare broccolini. I love how it keeps that bright green color and its crispness when it’s grilled.

But now that it’s Fall, my occasions for outdoor grilling are becoming fewer and fewer. That’s why I’m grilling these broccolini indoors – on my new De’Longhi Livenza Compact All Day Grill. As a bonus, since the grill plates are on both sides of the device, there’s no flipping.

I gave it a bit of thought before investing in another kitchen gadget, as our counters are jam packed already, but I love that this De’Longhi grill has a super compact design, making it easy to store it vertically in our cupboards. Plus, it’s essentially three kitchen appliances in one – a grill, sandwich press, and a waffle maker. You should get one for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s 20% off at Amazon from October 21st to November 3rd.
  2. It will make Thanksgiving cooking so much easier!!!

As we all know, oven space can get quite limited during the holiday. With this handy grill, you can free up space on the stovetop or in the oven, by cooking with this grill directly on your countertop or kitchen island. As an added bonus, the grill plates are dishwasher safe. Just throw them in when you’re done grilling – there’s virtually no cleanup.

This Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect fall side dish. The smoky grilled broccolini pairs so well with the vinaigrette that’s made with apple cider, dijon mustard and shallots. But, to take things even further, I topped this grilled broccolini with some chopped up marcona almonds. They add such a yummy crunch.

I tend to always have marcona almonds on hand, so I used those in this recipe. But, this grilled broccolini would also be amazing topped with chopped hazelnuts or toasted pine nuts.

Bowl of grilled broccolini topped with almonds.

Another reason this dish is dish is great for Thanksgiving is that the broccolini  can be grilled ahead of time and served at room temperature. Just be sure to hold off on tossing it with the vinaigrette until just before you’re ready to serve.

Would you serve this Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette at your Thanksgiving dinner? What are your favorite healthy side dishes to serve alongside turkey? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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Platter of grilled broccolini

Platter of grilled broccolini

Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccolini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: Erin

This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It's a perfect side dish for autumnal menus or Thanksgiving. 

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 pounds broccolini
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped marcona almonds

Instructions

  1. Turn on the grill and allow to preheat.
  2. Whisk together cider, vinegar, shallot, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, then add 3 tablespoons of the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking to form an emulsified vinaigrette.
  3. Rinse the broccolini, dry it thoroughly and place in a large mixing bowl. Toss it with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until evenly coated. Place on the grill grate and cook 4-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a platter. Drizzle the cider vinaigrette on the broccoli rabe. Toss gently to coat and sprinkle on almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

The broccolini can be grilled 2-3 hours before serving and served at room temperature. Toss with dressing and almonds just before serving. 

If you don't have a grill, you can also roast this broccolini in the oven, though it won't have the same smoky flavor and bright green color. Roast it in a 400-degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 

Note: If you don’t have a grill, you can also roast this broccolini in the oven, though it won’t have the same smoky flavor and bright green color. Roast it in a 400-degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 364mg 15%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 53.4%
Vitamin C 168.2%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hand reaching for platter of grilled broccolini.

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5 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    This post reminds me that I’ve been neglecting my poor apple cider. It’s so delicious but for some reason I haven’t been cooking with it lately. I must remedy!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I always forget about the jug that I have in the fridge too Catherine!

      Reply

  2. Rachel Newton

    I love broccolini–I will have to try this! Looks delicious!

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  3. Rachel Newton

    This looks delicious–I love broccolini! I will have to try it!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Rachel!

      Reply

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