This side dish gets a sprinkling of nutty flavor from walnuts that are lightly dusted with powdered sugar and fried. The sweetness of the nuts plays off the bitter personality of the broccoli rabe. If you prefer a less bitter taste, substitute Broccolini.

Robin Bashinsky
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Credit: Greg Dupree

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil over high. Add broccoli rabe; boil until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; spread broccoli rabe on a plate lined with paper towels to dry.

  • Cook oil, garlic, and red pepper in a large skillet over medium until garlic begins to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and lemon zest; cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with Fried Walnuts and salt. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; fat 14.8g; saturated fat 1.7g; mono fat 7.6g; poly fat 5.2g; protein 4g; carbohydrates 10g; fiber 2g; iron 1mg; sodium 225mg; calcium 79mg; sugars 3g.