Grilled Cauliflower & Radicchio with Chimichurri Sauce

I hope you’re keeping well in these strangest of times.

If you’re reading this as a member of the “essential service” or healthcare industry, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are doing.

I am personally in self-quarantine. During this time, I have found that the best way to pass time and lift spirits has been through cooking new recipes. For this one, I took inspiration from a colleague who recently went to Argentina. I immediately thought of Chimichurri – an Argentine parsley/garlic sauce that is usually paired with steak, though it is incredible on vegetables. I chose to pair my chimichurri with pan grilled radicchio and cauliflower “steaks”.

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GRILLED VEG INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 1.5″ slices
  • 1 radicchio, quartered
  • 1 lime, juiced & zested
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

CHIMICHURRI INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp (or a couple sprigs) fresh oregano
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 chives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 red chili pepper, very thinly sliced (I used korean chili pepper)
  1. In a bowl, mix together salt, sugar, chipotle powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, lime zest, lime juice and 1/2 tbsp olive oil. The mixture be a thin paste. If it is too thick, add a bit more olive oil.
  2. Using your hands or a spoon, spread the paste evenly on the vegetables.
  3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil on a grill pan on medium high heat. Add vegetables. Let the vegetables grill for approx. 5 minutes on each side. Don’t fuss with the vegetables too much – let them sit just checking every couple minutes carefully to ensure there is no burning.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, make your sauce. I use a mortar & pestle as it brings out much more flavour. Begin with adding the coarse salt, sugar and garlic. Pound until the garlic becomes a paste. Then add herbs and grind into a paste. At the end add 1/4 cup olive oil and 3 tbsp red wine vinegar and grind a bit more. At the very end, add as much red chili as desired. The mixture should remain a bit coarse/chunky. (If you don’t have a mortar & pestle, feel free to chop ingredients with a knife and mix together in a bowl).
  5. Once the vegetables are cooked, transfer to a plate and drizzle the chimichurri on top. Enjoy 🙂

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*Underneath are just some boiled, seasoned navy beans for protein 🙂

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