The reason why the broccoli needs to be marinated with olive oil and lemon juice is twofold: The marinade adds flavor and a bright counterpart to rich Parmesan cheese, and acts as a glue that keeps the grated Parmesan cheese from falling off. As the broccoli grills, the cheese melts and browns at the edges, adding savory flavor and little crispy bits. It's a reminder why a dusting of Parmesan almost always makes things better. Don't forget to zest the lemon before you juice it for the marinade — it adds a nice zip to the finished dish.
Whisk the lemon juice, oil, and salt together in a large bowl.
Add the broccoli and toss to combine.
Set aside at least 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat an outdoor grill to medium heat (325°F to 375°F).
Drain the broccoli through a colander, then return the broccoli to the bowl (no need to wash).
Sprinkle with the cheese and red pepper flakes if using and toss until the broccoli is thoroughly coated.
Using tongs, place the broccoli on the grill in a single layer, leaving at least 1/2-inch space between pieces. Cover the grill and cook, flipping the broccoli every 2 1/2 minutes, until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the zest, and toss to combine.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (133g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 53 (47%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 5.9g||8 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.6g||13 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.4g|
|Cholesterol 11.7mg||4 %|
|Sodium 392.5mg||14 %|
|Potassium 379.9mg||10 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 8.4g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 5.4g|
|Protein 8.3g||12 %|
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Calories per serving: 112
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