Lemon-Walnut Bagna Cauda with Shrimp & Crudités

This garlic-and-anchovy-based dipping sauce hails from Northern Italy; bagna cauda is Italian for "hot dip." We turn the dipping sauce into a meal by serving it with shrimp and loads of vegetables. Crusty bread is another great dipper.

Lemon-Walnut Bagna Cauda with Shrimp & Crudit
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 lemon, scrubbed, seeded and finely chopped, plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (2 ounce) can anchovy fillets, drained and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound cooked peeled shrimp (16-20 count)

  • 2 cups halved radicchio and/or Treviso leaves

  • 1 cup cauliflower florets

  • 1 cup petite carrots, halved

  • 1 cup radishes, halved


  1. Combine chopped lemon, oil and garlic in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the lemon is softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, anchovies, walnuts, pepper, salt and crushed red pepper. Cover; remove from heat.

  2. Arrange shrimp, radicchio (and/or Treviso), cauliflower, carrots and radishes on a platter. Serve with the bagna cauda.

To make ahead

Refrigerate bagna cauda (Step 1) for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
32g Fat
9g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 224mg 75%
Vitamin A 2133IU 43%
Sodium 720mg 31%
Potassium 708mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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