Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

Broccoli's impressive nutritional profile (think folate, vitamins C and A, fiber, phytochemicals) puts it high on the list of foods to eat more of, an inviting task when you toss it with crunchy pine nuts, soft, sweet onions and tangy balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, or chopped slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion, (about 1 medium)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  2. Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the nuts, onion, vinegar and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 102 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 60 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,133 IU vitamin A; 69 mg vitamin C; 45 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 166 mg sodium; 341 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (115% daily value), Vitamin A (43% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 5

July 17, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! Our family loves this recipe. It's a great way to consume broccoli with a different flavor! Pros: Quick, Easy
September 20, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Even my grandchildren love it; ages 12 and 7.
March 17, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
We loved it. Used the almonds instead of pine nuts. Also switched out chopped broccoli for florets, and lightly steamed them. This blended the flavors, so every bite was scrumptious. The onions added a surprise sweetness to the normally bland broccoli.
March 13, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This was great! I used almonds instead of pine nuts (last time I used pine nuts I had a bitter taste in my mouth for weeks). My husband doesn't like veggies, much but loved this.
September 19, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
Quick, easy, and delicious. The pine nuts add a nice crunchiness. Instead of tossing the broccoli with the other ingredients in a separate bowl, I turned off the burner tossed the broccoli with the nuts and onions right in the skillet.
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