Char-grilled broccoli with feta and charred-lemon dressing

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

Broccoli shows another side of itself when it's charred on the edges and still slightly crunchy. Slice the broccoli through the stems to keep the slices intact - this makes for much easier handling on the grill. We'll happily eat this as a light meal in its own right, but it would also be excellent served alongside grilled lamb or chicken.

  • 2 small heads of broccoli, thick stalks trimmed, thickly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lemons, cut into cheeks
  • 100 ml (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½ cup each coarsely chopped mint and flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 100 gm Greek feta, crumbled
  • To serve: slivered pistachios
01   Bring a char-grill pan or barbecue to high heat. Drizzle broccoli with olive oil, season to taste and grill, turning occasionally, until charred and tender (8-10 minutes). Set aside. Grill lemon cheeks, turning occasionally, until charred and softened (6-8 minutes), then set aside.
02   Squeeze the juice from one of the lemon cheeks into a bowl, then finely chop the cheek and add to juice along with extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar and garlic, and whisk to combine. Season to taste and set aside.
03   Coarsely chop half of the broccoli and combine in a bowl with mint, parsley, onion and feta, season to taste and toss to combine. Drizzle with dressing to taste and toss again to coat.
04   Arrange broccoli slices on a serving platter, drizzle with a little more dressing, then pile chopped broccoli mixture on top. Scatter with pistachios and serve with charred lemon cheeks.

Topics:

MINT, DRINK SUGGESTION, LEMONS, GARLIC, MEDITERRANEAN, PARSLEY, MAIN, SPRING, ONIONS, FAST, FETA, VEGETARIAN, BROCCOLI

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

LYNSEY FRYERS-HEDRICK , EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

BARREL-FERMENTED SAUVIGNON BLANC. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Sep 2015

Sep 2015

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