Courgettes & chicory with black olive dressing

Courgettes & chicory with black olive dressing

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Ready in 20 mins

More effort

Serves 4 - 6
Gordon Ramsay produces another great vegetable side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal244
  • fat24g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.23g
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  • 2 large courgettes, ideally 1 yellow, 1 green



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 heads chicory



    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

For the sauce

  • about 2 tbsp black olive paste or tapenade
  • ½ lemon, juice only



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • olives (try Kalamata) and capers, to serve
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…


  1. Slice the courgettes diagonally about 1cm thick. Season and toss with half the oil. Halve the chicory. Season with salt, pepper and sugar and toss with the remaining oil.

  2. Heat a griddle until very hot, then lay on the vegetables in a single layer. Cook for up to 10 mins, turning as necessary until just tender. Remove to a large serving plate.

  3. Mix the olive paste with the lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil (you don’t need to season). Trickle over the vegetables and scatter with olives and capers to serve. This tastes great served with pork chops.

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26th Oct, 2015
A bit over exciting to cook on the griddle (lots of smoke and some flames!), but the result was good and looked lovely.
13th Feb, 2011
Grat recipe, good way too go.
7th Aug, 2010
Fabulous! My favourite way to serve the glut of courgettes from the allotment!
14th Jul, 2009
Very easy, healthy and delicious. An excellent new way to prepare the courgettes. It was my side dish for pork chops, but I am sure it will work fine with anything else
12th May, 2009
Can't believe how easy, and incredibly tasty this was. Perfect with pork, but I'll try it with a chunky fish like monkfish another time
23rd Feb, 2008
Great side dish! Full of flavours and they all work so well together. I cooked the chicory just two minutes.
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