Vegetarian Broccoli and Walnut Panzanella | Cooking With Jade

Vegetarian Broccoli and Walnut Panzanella

Vegetarian Broccoli and Walnut Panzanella

Inspired by: Delicious Magazine


  • 2 head broccoli
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 400g leftover sourdough bread, torn into 3cm chunks
  • 100g shelled walnuts, toasted in a dry pan
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g mixed tomatoes, halved or sliced if large
  • Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped


  • Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Finely slice the stem of the broccoli, leaving the florets intact.
  • Add the sliced broccoli stem in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp oil, the lemon zest and half the juice, the chilli flakes and some salt, then toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.
  • Then separate the broccoli florets. Put in a roasting tin with 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss to coat, season with salt, then roast for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the tray and add the bread after 10 minutes, ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper and ½ tbsp more oil. Toss together with the broccoli, then return to the oven to roast for 10 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, put the walnuts, garlic and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar or mini-processor and pound/whizz to a chunky sauce. Add the remaining lemon juice to taste, then stir/blend in the remaining olive oil to make a dressing.
  • Toss the roasted broccoli and bread with the marinated broccoli in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, then drizzle over the walnut sauce and toss to combine. Divide among plates or serve on a large platter, scattered with the parsley.

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