Broccolini, Chickpeas, and Harissa


Yesterday I wrote about this Tunisian red-chile-pepper paste as a marinade for swordfish. Here the Harissa is tossed with broccolini and chickpeas, giving this simple pairing of a vegetable and beans a spicy exotic flavor.


Broccolini, a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale, also has flavors reminiscent of asparagus.

Cook trimmed broccolini in boiling salted water for 4 minutes then add a can of rinsed drained chickpeas to the pot for 30 seconds more to warm them through. Drain. Toss with Harissa, olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Finish with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.

This French brand of Harissa is made with hot chiles, tomato puree, onion, salt, coriander, garlic, cumin, vegetable oil. It has a good balance of heat to the other flavors and spices.

On My Desk

I just had to share these pretty roses from my garden.

  • Bright Red/Orange: Wildfire Hybrid Tea Rose
  • Yellow: Julia Child Floribunda
  • Pink: David Austin Heritage Old English Rose

Like broccolini? Try spicy broccolini with torn ciabatta croutons here.

19 thoughts on “Broccolini, Chickpeas, and Harissa”

  1. Chickpeas are on both our minds and palates these days. I have to get some of that harissa. sounds like a nice spicy addition. The roses are beautiful. Our gardens here in the east are finally coming alive.

  2. This looks so yummy. I love the pairing of cici and broccolini.
    I also love using chili pastes.. it is such a quick way to spice up a sauce, marinade or saute. What a kick those ingredients must give!

  3. This looks great! I was just looking at broccolini at the market the other day, and just wasn’t inspired. I wish I had seen this recipe first.

  4. Gah I love broccolini and this dish looks awesome — I’ve never tried Harissa before but you have spiked my curiosity. The roses from your garden are beautiful btw, I can’t wait to have my very own garden so I can have freshly cut flowers in my home every day 🙂 Beautiful!

  5. Thanks for the “rose pause.” In another month…. meanwhile, I am sure my cholesterol is dropping as I pile on your heart-healthy meals. I must try Harissa – I used to really go for spice and then age seemed to catch up with me. Darn all those years!

  6. That’s a beautiful garden harvest you’ve collected in that vase.

    Love your chickpea recipe, too. (No surprise.) I’d like to try the tube harisa – intriguing.

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