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Charred Broccolini with Garlic and Quinoa

Charred Broccolini with Garlic and Quinoa

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Get ready for an explosion of flavor with this Charred Broccolini with Garlic and Quinoa. This simple side dish is so easy to throw together in just 20 minutes and packed with healthy plant-based protein.


  • 1 cup white quinoa - rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup 1.6 ounces pine nuts (can use pre-toasted to save time)
  • 2 8-ounce bunches broccolini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt - Fleur de Sel French salt goes well with this dish
  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

To Serve

  • additional lemon juice - sea salt, black pepper, nutritional yeast
  • cayenne pepper
  • crushed red pepper


  • To prepare the broccolini, cut the bottom 1/3 from each broccolini stem. If the stems are still too thick for your liking, cut in half lengthwise. Trim off excess leaves if desired.
    Raw broccolini on a cutting board
  • In a medium pot, add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and cover. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until the moisture is absorbed. Remove cover and set the pot aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, in a large dry skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts. Heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes until starting to brown and smell nutty (be careful not to burn). Remove from heat immediately and transfer to the pot of cooked quinoa.
    Toasted pine nuts in a skillet
  • Return the empty skillet to the stove and add the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the broccolini and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Swirl to coat with the oil and cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Sauteed broccolini in a pan
  • Then add the minced garlic and cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring frequently until the broccolini is just starting to char (turn brown) and the garlic is also starting to brown in the pan. Remove from heat. Drizzle broccolini with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and stir.
    Charred broccolini with garlic sautéed in a pan
  • To the cooked quinoa, add the nutritional yeast, black pepper, toasted pine nuts, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir to combine.
    2 photos showing quinoa with nutritional yeast and pine nuts and a second shot showing it mixed together.
  • To serve, add 1 cup quinoa to a plate and layer with a few pieces of the broccolini. This dish is best served immediately. Store in the fridge in an airtight container (can store quinoa and broccolini together for 1-2 days).
    Charred Broccolini with Garlic and Quinoa
  • This recipe makes about 4 cups quinoa + broccolini.


Tips for buying and preparing broccolini:
  • Most stores will sell broccolini year-round, and they are usually packaged in containers for 2-4 servings. You will most likely find them in the produce section of your supermarket, Trader Joe's, Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, Whole Foods, etc.
  • Look for dark green florets with fresh stems (not dried out of discolored).
    Before cooking, It's best to trim the broccolini a bit, generally by cutting off the bottom 1/3 of the stem. Remove extra leaves if you want, but note that the entire vegetable is edible (and tasty!).
  • It's also recommended, for larger stems, to cut them in half lengthwise before cooking. This helps to ensure even cooking throughout.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg
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