Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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 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.

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

However, when it’s chilly outside, you can also make this dish in the oven, or prepared on an indoor grill.

Bowl of grilled broccolini topped with almonds.

This veggie side dish is perfect for holiday get togethers like Thanksgiving and Christmas because 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!

Platter of grilled broccolini

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Platter of grilled broccolini

Grilled Broccolini with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • Turn on the grill and allow to preheat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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. 
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Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2670IU | Vitamin C: 138.8mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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