Grilled veggies with romesco sauce

Thank you to everyone who left well wishes last week about my poor thumb, and helpful suggestions for my fighting-dog issue. I’m doing much better now. Since I was one hand down last week my wonderful husband took over and cooked this lovely meal for us.

Sunday night, I sat back and drank wine while Jack carefully peeled, chopped, prepped, and grilled. I surely did not make fun of him for how long it could possibly take one to trim a pepper and I tried hard to keep my “helpful suggestions” to a minimum.

And now about the food — romesco might just be my favorite sauce. Sweet, smoky, tangy… Serve it alongside veggies, fish or meats and don’t skimp on the grilled bread. Pop open a bottle of Cava and pretend you’re on a patio somewhere in Barcelona.

Whatever veggies you like – toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill. We had leeks, peppers, zucchini and also grilled slices of ciabatta bread.

We also roasted some potatoes in the oven (because I thought they would take too long to grill). 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and brown on the edges.

(makes about 1.5 cups, keep leftovers in the fridge for a few days)

1 red bell pepper, roasted, skin and seeds removed (instructions here)
1 large, or 2 small slices of ciabatta, toasted with butter (or vegan butter)
1/4 cup hazelnuts, blanched & peeled (instructions here, we did them together with the almonds)
1/4 cup almonds, blanched and peeled
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tomato paste + 3 tablespoons water (or 3-4 tomatoes, I just didn’t have any)
1 tsp sweet paprika
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup good olive oil
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor. Pulse until they’re well combined. Drizzle in olive oil and process until it becomes a thick paste. Taste and adjust seasonings.

adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison 

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Cassie from on said:

    This is absolutely stunning, Jeanine. Love the sauce!

  2. Lena from on said:

    grilled leeks, romesco sauce and cave, you really transported me back to the days I spent in Barcelona. I need to go out, buy a bottle of cava, grill some veggies and eat them with a romesco sauce now. I love Barcelona, beautiful city

    • jeanine from on said:

      yes, me too, one of my favorite cities 🙂

  3. Alex from on said:

    Love romesco and love grilled veg. Perfect Sunday night meal. We love potatoes on the grill too, but they are high-maintenance & take up a lot of space.

  4. Kathryn from on said:

    So beautiful and simple.

  5. Eileen from on said:

    Simple but amazing! Now we need to break out the grill more than ever. 🙂

  6. It’s high time I tried romesco sauce, huh? Red bell peppers are my favorite.

  7. Courtney Jones from on said:

    I agree, romesco sauce is delicious with roasted veggies! This looks like the perfect summer dinner. Yum! Gorgeous presentation!

  8. Sophia on said:


    I recently stumbled upon your blog and wanted to tell you how much I like it, I love the layout and your pictures (which camera do you use?) but I particularly love the recipes, everything sounds mouthwatering!

    All the best


    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks Sophia! We use a Canon 5D.

      • Sophia from on said:


  9. Kelly from on said:

    Well, I think the hubby did a fantastic job! Those veggies are perfectly chopped and grilled 🙂
    Romesco is one on my favorite sauces too – I haven’t made it for a while, great idea to serve it alongside all the summer vegetables in our near future!

  10. Heather from on said:

    What an amazing looking dinner – the romesco sauce looks to easy not to make, I am going to have to give this a try!

  11. adrienne from on said:

    Romesco is my favorite too! Beautiful photo as always 🙂

  12. Nicole Franzen from on said:

    yummmm, im such a fan. Two times recently I’ve eaten this. I too was going to prepare a romesco for the blog. I had the best one at Prune where they baked the veggies en papillote and served it along side it. Also having grilled leeks from Tia Pol a great tapas place.

  13. I’m firmly of the opinion that romesco makes (almost) anything better!

  14. this recipe looks like the perfect way to spice up my eggplant! I can’t wait to test it out 🙂

  15. sara from on said:

    love this! looks so perfect and great for a party with that sharp presentation.

  16. Kristin on said:

    Made this last night, my husband and I loved it! Very delicious 🙂

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  21. Ricardo from on said:

    About Lena´s comment: are leeks exactly the same as the “calcots” we have in Spain?

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  23. Meredith on said:

    I love this recipe and have made it pretty consistently over the past several years. I often sub whatever nuts/seeds I have around for the almonds and hazelnuts. Tonight I did a combo of sunflower seeds and almonds which turned out really well. Anyway, I figured out a couple of years ago that I can cheat and use jarred roasted red peppers without any ill effect on the delicious flavor. Just wanted to share that little shortcut in case it helps anyone! I absolutely love this romesco sauce!!!

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