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Lemony Romanesco with Pine Nuts. A fast healthy side dish recipe for spring or fall, Romanesco adds a light flavor to any meal. Gluten-free recipe. - BoulderLocavore.com

Lemony Romanesco with Pine Nuts

This bizarre and exotic appearing vegetables is truly one of the more mild in flavor. Most similar in texture and flavor to a traditional cauliflower, the Romanesco is simple and quick to prepare, not needing much to compliment its gentle flavor. There is no better vegetable to call attention to your late fall or springtime table!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword lemony romanesco recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 side servings
Calories 92kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 head Romanesco , cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 large cloves Garlic , peeled and dices
  • 2 Scallions , sliced (white and light green sections)
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest , divided into 1 teaspoon portions
  • 2 teaspoon Jalapeno Pepper , diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • Salt to taste


  • Gently steam the Romanesco florets for 3-5 minutes, until firm but no longer crunchy in texture.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, scallions, and jalapenos until the scallions begin to become translucent (approximately 2 minutes). Add 1 teaspoon lemon zest and the pine nuts, stirring constantly until the pine nuts begin to turn light golden (1-2 minutes).
  • Add the steamed Romanesco and sauté to combine all the ingredients and flavors; about 2 additional minutes.
  • Sprinkle on remaining lemon zest, and a pinch of salt to taste; give the mixture a few quick stirs to integrate the zest and serve.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg